Michael Miller

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Michael Miller
Professor, Oboe (on leave)
(269) 387-4696
(269) 387-1113
1414 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5434
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School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
  • M.A., University of Denver
  • B.M.E., University of Denver

Michael Miller is an associate professor in the School of Music at Western Michigan University, where he teaches oboe, music theory and performs with the Western Wind Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble. His oboe teachers include Richard Killmer, John de Lancie and David Abosch.

Miller′s performing experience is wide-ranging. He has served as principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of the West, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Central City Colorado Opera Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Johns, and has played English horn in the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra (in Buffalo, N.Y.), Detroit Symphony Orchestra (in Vail, Colo.) and the Pro Arte Singers in New York City. His solo engagements with orchestra include performances with the Chamber Orchestra of the West, Mercury Chamber Players, Denver Chamber Orchestra, AIMS Orchestra (Graz, Austria), and the WMU University Wind Orchestra in venues throughout Brazil. Miller has presented solo and chamber music recitals at universities throughout the United States, including the University of Colorado, Denver University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Arizona and Notre Dame, as well as at the International Double Reed Society Conventions in Banff, Canada; Austin, Texas; and Ithaca, N.Y.  He has also appeared at the Fontana Concert Society and Chamber Music of Saugatuck festivals. He has performed in such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago′s Orchestra Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Denver, Royale Conservatory of Brussels, and Vienna "Royal Opera House."

As an educator, in addition to his current position at Western Michigan University, Miller has also held positions at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Denver. Former students have continued their education at institutions such as the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, Oberlin, Roosevelt University, Yale, Peabody Conservatory, and the Aspen Summer Music Festival. He has coached high school students in the Denver Young Artist′s Orchestra, the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and at the "Wild Acres Chamber Music Festival" in Little Switzerland, N.C. His Colorado public school teaching experience includes positions in the Cherry Creek, Englewood and Denver districts.