TIMOTHY LEE MILLER is an American composer, arranger, orchestrator, and publisher writing contemporary concert music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind ensemble, and voice, as well as jazz music for big bands and small combos. He has also written for several small films, television projects, and video games. 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 principal 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, Europe, Russia, and China. His music is recorded on ERMMedia, Ansonica, Navona, and Phoenix Classics.
Miller has received numerous commissions, special recognitions and awards. 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. He is a multi-year award winner with The American Prize for Excellence in Composition. 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 2016, his String Quartet No. 3 was named as a semi-finalist, and his 224 slices of pi for flute, cello, piano and percussion was recognized as a Finalist-Honorable Mention.
He has been a composition fellow at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, TN, the 2017 Wyoming Festival-New Music in the Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, and the 2018 and 2019 Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY.
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. Two of his big band jazz pieces, Hot Miami Nights and On An Autumn Day, were recorded and released on the two-disc set ABRAZO: The Havana Sessions along side music by the other seven composers. The CD to date has received worldwide critical acclaim and was in consideration for a Grammy nomination.
In September 2019, Miller's Carmina solis et lunae for string trio was performed in Moscow, Russia on an exchange program with the New York Composers Circle. And in December 2019 his A Christmas Celebration was taken on tour to China by the Athens Philharmonia (Greece) where it received no less than nine performances.
Miller is currently serving as the Webmaster of the , as well as the Editor of its In The Loop online newsblog. For information regarding commissioning Timothy Miller for a new work, please click .
On August 17, 2016 I was interviewed by Marvin Rosen on his popular and long-running weekly radio series CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES. Click on the links below to hear the full interview, which was broadcast live on WPRB-FM on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.
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Classical Discoveries Interview
About the Composer