Dr. Alexander Miller
- Oliphant Hall 305
- (714) 744-7669
- University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelor of Music
Eastman School of Music, Master of Music
University of Southern California, Doctor of Musical Arts
Alexander Elliott Miller is a composer, guitarist and educator currently residing in Southern California. His compositions have been performed by such artists including the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Earplay New Chamber Music, soprano Tony Arnold (of the International Contemporary Ensemble), Brave New Works, the Definiens Project, the Quintet Attacca, pianists Herb Bielawa and Vincent Craig and violist Dominic DeStefano.
His work has also been performed by the What's Next? Ensemble, an LA-based new music ensemble with which he is currently a co-director.
Performances of his compositions have taken place at venues including New York City's Steinway Hall, San Francisco's ODC Theater, the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, NEON Festival and the Chamber Music Conference & Composer's Forum of the East. He has received awards and honors from the American Composers Forum and the MacDowell Colony, and was the winner of 2012 Earplay Donald Aird Memorial Composers Competition.
As a guitarist, Miller played electric guitar with the Color Field Ensemble and the What's Next? Ensemble, and has performed his own solo compositions for classical guitar at several new music concerts across the country, including venues in Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbus, Philadelphia & San Francisco. He has also published a guitar quartet with an Italian publishing house specializing in contemporary works for guitar, VP Music Media.
A dedicated teacher, Miller is currently an Instructor of Music Theory & Composition at Chapman University in Orange, California. He previously served on the faculties of Illinois State University, the University of Southern California, West Chester University of Pennsylvania and California Lutheran University. He has worked with high school students, leading after-school music education programs in Los Angeles, and from 2005-2006, teaching guitar and coaching rock bands for Camp Ballibay, a performing arts summer camp in Pennsylvania.
Miller holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music in Composition from the Eastman School of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Composition & Guitar Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with additional studies in Max/MSP at UC Berkeley's Center for New Music & Audio Technology (CNMAT).
His works are published by HoneyRock Percussion Performance Literature (Pennsylvania) and VP Music Media (Italy).