» Dr. Alexander Miller
Adjunct Faculty

College of Performing Arts
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Dr. Alexander Miller
Lecturer, Theory
Office Location:
Bertea Hall 207
(714) 744-7672
University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelor of Music
University of Rochester, Master of Music
University of Southern California, Doctor of Musical Arts

Alexander Elliott Miller is a composer, guitarist and educator whose music has been described as "wild....unearthly...lyrical...a voice worth listening to" (San Francisco Classical Voice).   His compositions have been performed by Grammy-nominated musicians including soprano Tony Arnold and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, as well as artists including Earplay New Chamber Music, TEMPO New Music Ensemble, Brave New Works, the Definiens Project, the Quintet Attacca, violist Dominic DeStefano and many pianists including Vincent Craig, Herb Bielawa, Catarina Domenici, Nathanael May, Mei-Hsuan Huang and John Solomons.

Performances of his compositions have taken place at venues across North and South America 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.

Miller is a Co-Director and the guitarist of the What's Next? Ensemble, an LA-based new music  ensemble that the Los Angeles Times' Mark Swed said played with "panache" in a recent collaborative performance with the Long Beach Opera of Michael Gordon’s Van Gogh.  In addition to other programming, since 2009, the What's Next? Ensemble has produced an annual concert series called the "Los Angeles Composers Project," (LACP) a series that has featured performances of works by over 50 LA composers in its history selected through a competition.   Its most recent LACP was held at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena.

As a guitarist, Miller played electric guitar with the Long Beach Opera, 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, Boston, 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.

Miller currently teaches composition and music theory at Chapman University and California State University Long Beach.  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).