Michaela Cornelius is an Auckland-based composer who has recently completed a BA/BMus at the University of Auckland, specialising in Psychology and Composition. Michaela is currently involved as a composer and sound designer for mobile and computer games. With a focus on vocal and instrumental composition, her works and research often incorporate aspects of nature, fantasy, and self-reflection. In 2017, Michaela was awarded a Summer Research Scholarship by the University of Auckland to research the compositional process in the context of randomly determined criteria. Performance of works include the Douglas Lilburn Composition Prize concert in 2015 and 2016 and the Nelson Composers Workshop in 2018, and her works have been recorded in 2016 and 2017 as part of the SOMSA Recording Project, a student-led initiative at the University of Auckland.