Timothy Lee Miller/composer

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Timothy Lee Miller (b. 1961) is an American composer and arranger writing contemporary concert music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind ensemble, and voice, as well as jazz music. He has also written for several small film and television projects, however, his primary focus is concert music. He has earned degrees from the University of Tennessee (BS Music Ed, 1984), the University of Miami (MM Media Writing and Production, 1990) and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA Composition, 2013). His principle composition teachers have been John Anthony Lennon, James Progris, Tamar Diesendruck, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Andy Jaffe, John Fitz Rogers and Roger Zahab. He has received numerous commissions and awards, including several ASCAP awards. His works have been performed throughout the US and Europe. His music is recorded on ERMMedia, PARMA Records and Phoenix Classics. He lives in Mahwah, New Jersey with his wife and son.


His Kid's Play: A Fun Suite for Orchestra was awarded a Distinguished and Special Mention at the 2009 IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Ragusa, Italy. His six-part a cappella setting of The Garden of Dreams, a poem of Madison J. Cawein, was a winner in the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011, and his choral setting of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Day Is Done was a finalist in the same competition. His Divinitus for chamber sextet was a finalist in the 2014 American Prize for Excellence in Composition, and his choral works Jubilate Deo and The Garden of Dreams were both semi-finalists in the 2015 American Prize.


In November 2015, Miller was part of the PARMA Recordings venture to Havana, Cuba to record several jazz works with musicians in Havana under the People to People humanitarian program. The trip presented the opportunity for several composers to be among the first American composers to travel to Cuba since the US government eased travel restrictions to the country. Two of his big band jazz pieces, Hot Miami Nights and On An Autumn Day, were recorded with some of the top musicians in Cuba at Abdala Studios in Havana.

With Marvin Rosen at WPRB in Princeton following my interview on Classical Discoveries on August 17, 2016
With Marvin Rosen at WPRB in Princeton following my interview on Classical Discoveries on August 17, 2016
Diane Moser's Composers Big Band performed four of my big band charts on June 8, 2016 at Trumpet's Jazz Club
Diane Moser's Composers Big Band performed four of my big band charts on June 8, 2016 at Trumpet's Jazz Club
Recording session at Ovation Sound in Winston-Salem, NC May 2016
Recording session at Ovation Sound in Winston-Salem, NC May 2016
With fellow VCFA'ers Rick Baitz, Reed Robbins and John Fitz Rogers at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY May 2016
With fellow VCFA'ers Rick Baitz, Reed Robbins and John Fitz Rogers at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY May 2016
Taking a bow following the premiere of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" at BGSU in February 2016.
Taking a bow following the premiere of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" at BGSU in February 2016.
With soprano/composer Emily Custer following the premiere of "Stopping by Woods…" Feb 2016 in Bowling Green, Ohio.
With soprano/composer Emily Custer following the premiere of "Stopping by Woods…" Feb 2016 in Bowling Green, Ohio.
With Parma CEO Bob Lord, translator Gilian Trelles, Parma VP of A&R Sam Renshaw, and producer Dayron Ortega in Cuba.
With Parma CEO Bob Lord, translator Gilian Trelles, Parma VP of A&R Sam Renshaw, and producer Dayron Ortega in Cuba.
Listening to the playback of 'Hot Miami Nights' with the whole band, fellow composers and Parma executives in Havana
Listening to the playback of 'Hot Miami Nights' with the whole band, fellow composers and Parma executives in Havana
Talking with Parma CEO Bob Lord prior to the start of the session in Havana, Cuba.
Talking with Parma CEO Bob Lord prior to the start of the session in Havana, Cuba.
With recording session producer Dayron Ortega at Abdala Studios in Havana, Cuba November 2015
With recording session producer Dayron Ortega at Abdala Studios in Havana, Cuba November 2015
With recording session conductor Joaquin Betancourt at Abdala Studios in Havana, Cuba.
With recording session conductor Joaquin Betancourt at Abdala Studios in Havana, Cuba.
The control room of Studio B at Abdala Studios in Havana, Cuba in November 2015.
The control room of Studio B at Abdala Studios in Havana, Cuba in November 2015.
Recording of "Hot Miami Nights" at Abdala Studios in Havana, Cuba in November 2015.
Recording of "Hot Miami Nights" at Abdala Studios in Havana, Cuba in November 2015.
A rehearsal of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba conducted by a local composer November 2015.
A rehearsal of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba conducted by a local composer November 2015.
The Buena Vista Social Club performing at a restaurant in Havana, Cuba November 2015.
The Buena Vista Social Club performing at a restaurant in Havana, Cuba November 2015.
Cuban percussion masterclass led by Jose Eladio Amat in Havana, Cuba November 2015.
Cuban percussion masterclass led by Jose Eladio Amat in Havana, Cuba November 2015.
With fellow VCFA graduate composer Jessica Collado in Miami Sept 2015
With fellow VCFA graduate composer Jessica Collado in Miami Sept 2015

Presenting two new jazz quintets at the Coral Gables Museum Sept 2015
Presenting two new jazz quintets at the Coral Gables Museum Sept 2015
The composer-fellows at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee
The composer-fellows at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee
With pianist Andrea Lodge, who performed on the premiere of "224 slices of pi" in June 2015
With pianist Andrea Lodge, who performed on the premiere of "224 slices of pi" in June 2015
Rehearsing "224 slices of pi" at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee
Rehearsing "224 slices of pi" at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee
With composer fellow Celia Chan at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee
With composer fellow Celia Chan at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee
Recording "A Christmas Celebration" with Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic in June 2015
Recording "A Christmas Celebration" with Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic in June 2015
With fellow Tennessean 
film composer George S. Clinton at Vermont College of Fine Arts August 2014
With fellow Tennessean
film composer George S. Clinton at Vermont College of Fine Arts August 2014
With composer Paul Mealor in St Andrews, Scotland April 2014
With composer Paul Mealor in St Andrews, Scotland April 2014
Recording Jubilate Deo with the Composer's Choir in Middletown, Connecticut August 2013
Recording Jubilate Deo with the Composer's Choir in Middletown, Connecticut August 2013
Graduation from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA degree in Music Composition - August 2013
Graduation from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA degree in Music Composition - August 2013
With composer Roger Zahab during a rehearsal of "Divinitus" at VCFA August 2013
With composer Roger Zahab during a rehearsal of "Divinitus" at VCFA August 2013
Consulting with pianist Stephen Gosling during a rehearsal of "Divinitus" August 2013
Consulting with pianist Stephen Gosling during a rehearsal of "Divinitus" August 2013
Rehearsing "Divinitus" at Vermont College of Fine Arts August 2013
Rehearsing "Divinitus" at Vermont College of Fine Arts August 2013
With drummer Scott Neumann in Vermont February 2013
With drummer Scott Neumann in Vermont February 2013
Rehearsing the Vermont Jazz Ensemble
August 2012
Rehearsing the Vermont Jazz Ensemble
August 2012
With film composer Don DiNicola at Vermont College of Fine Arts February 2012
With film composer Don DiNicola at Vermont College of Fine Arts February 2012
With composers Tamar Diesendruck and Ted Mann in Boston November 2012
With composers Tamar Diesendruck and Ted Mann in Boston November 2012
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