Mia Palencia

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Mia Palencia

Coordinator and Associate Lecturer, Songwriting
Music | School of Creative Arts and Media

Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4321 (phone)

Mia Palencia co-ordinates the Songwriter programme at the Conservatorium of Music. She is passionate about songwriting education, creative process as well as collaborative music that celebrates the old and new.


Before embarking on her academic journey, Mia spent the first 10 years of her career as a recording musician, releasing 6 albums in both the jazz and singer-songwriter genres and performing extensively throughout South-East Asia. In 2010, Mia was offered a full scholarship to study at the Conservatorium of Music. She has since been awarded a University Medal in recognition of her work and is currently completing her PhD.

Mia is a highly-sought after composer for musical theatre, film and television. In 2014, she was commissioned by the Kuala Lumpur City Council to compose her first musical, MUD: Our Story of KL. The show ran for an unprecedented 3 years, making it Malaysia’s longest running musical. Her second musical, Ola Bola The Musical (2017), has enjoyed three successful runs and won 8 awards at the Boh Cameronian Arts Awards, including Best Original Score. In 2017, Mia was also invited to compose and produce “So Many Hands”, which became the official theme song of the 2017 South East Asian Games. In 2018, Mia embarked on a five-city tour of Malaysia with Tasmania’s Derwent Valley Concert Band (DVCB) to premiere a new suite of works. The Pengertian Suite is a modern-day immigrant story, drawing from Mia’s family heritage, as well as her journey to Australia.

Career summary


  • BMus (1st Class Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia 2014

Languages (other than English)

Bahasa Melayu



  • Musicological Society of Australia


Teaching expertise

Songwriting, contemporary voice

Major Creative Works

  • 2019 Euphrasia: The Musical (Musical)
  • 2017 Ola Bola The Musical (Musical)
  • 2014 Mud: Our Story of KL (Musical)
  • 2012 Mia Palencia In Good Company (Album)
  • 2009 Songs From the Jiwang Kingdom (Album)
  • 2007 Finding My Way (Album)
  • 2006 Sayang (Single)
  • 2005 One Voice, Six Strings, Twelve Days of Christmas (Album)
  • 2000 One Voice, Six Strings, Twelve Moods (Album)

Chapter in Book

2020 Palencia M, ‘Reimagining Traditional Ritual Music of Sabah for Contemporary Performance as a Means of Conservation’, Performing History: Approaches to History Across Musicology, Academic Studies Press, N November (ed), Boston, pp. 117-138. ISBN: 9781644693544 (2020)