From a family of 3 children, Young played trumpet as a youth in South Carolina. In 2004, Young received a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina. After graduation, he taught band at D. W. Daniel High School in Central, South Carolina. In 2007, Young became the first recipient of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra-Peabody Conducting Fellowship. At Peabody, he studied conducting under Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar, graduating in 2009. He participated in a conducting worshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and subsequently became a conducting student of Marin Alsop.
Young was resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony for 2 seasons. He was also a conducting fellow with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for one year. In 2013, he was a Semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany. In 2014, Young became assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. He served in these Atlanta posts until 2018. He is also the Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra (USA) at Carnegie Hall, and Director of Ensembles at the Peabody Conservatory.
In January 2019, Young first guest-conducted the Berkeley Symphony, as an emergency substitute conductor. Based on this concert, in April 2019, the Berkeley Symphony announced the appointment of Young as its next music director, effective with the 2019-2020 season, with an initial contract of 3 years. This appointment marks Young's first music directorship.