Philip M. Young is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. His studies in church music, organ, and composition took place at North Greenville University, Furman University, and Florida State University. He has also been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Campbell University. He is the composer of choral, vocal, organ, and handbell works, with over two hundred of those published. He has frequently collaborated with his brother, poet Richard W. Young, Sr. in solo and choral settings. He served as Minister of Music at The First Baptist Church of Henderson, North Carolina and currently continues his association with that church as Composer in Residence. He has been a frequent handbell and choral clinician and festival director, and has also been active in the pipe organ industry as the designer of numerous organs.