AES Member Profile

Micah Hayes

Micah Hayes

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Audio Fields:

  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Home/Project Studio
  • Recording Industry - Film/Video Sound
  • Recording Industry - Location Sound Recording
  • Live Sound - Concert Sound
  • Live Sound - Church Sound
  • Other: Recording Engineer

Job Duties:

  • Educator
  • Composer
  • Editor
  • Engineer
  • Mixer
  • Producer
  • Production Sound Mixer/Sound Recordist
  • Recording Engineer
  • Other: Composer


Micah Hayes is the Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Director of Music Production at Seattle Pacific University, a position he began in the fall of 2020. He is a recording engineer and composer who began his musical career as a guitarist in his native Southern California. He began recording and composing music as a student at California State University, Chico where he completed a BA in Music with an emphasis in Recording Arts. After college, he continued his audio career with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida where he was the Recording Engineer Fellow from 2000-2002. After receiving a master's degree in music composition from the University of Oregon, Micah moved to New York where he worked as the live sound engineer for Redeemer Presbyterian Church's Upper West Side services, while also freelancing as a composer, recording engineer, and educator for a couple of years before accepting a teaching position at the University of Texas at Arlington. As a professor at UT Arlington, he helped create the Music Industry Studies area, overseeing the area's growth from 8 to 70 majors. In the summers, he engineered music at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2001 and at the Aspen Music Festival where he was a Senior Recording Engineer from 2003-05.

He began working as a film composer after being the sole recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Fellowship for Film Scoring and Composition at the Aspen Music Festival in 2006 where he studied with such composers as John Corigliano and Jeff Rona. As a film composer, he has scored multiple projects including Wolf, a film by Ya'Ke Smith that premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the short film Dawn, which aired on HBO several times.

His concert music has received performances in such venues as Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis. His piece I'm Not Connected to Anything won the National Flute Association (USA) 1st place award for newly published solo flute music in 2019, and his choral music—featuring religious texts by John Donne--was published by Periferia Publishing in Barcelona in 2020.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

As a composer: Winner of National Flute Association 2019 first-place award for newly published solo flute music

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