Equally at home as a soloist, teacher, chamber musician and symphonic horn player, Gregory Miller is fast becoming one of the most accomplished horn players of his generation. After five seasons with the internationally acclaimed Empire Brass, Miller has performed in nearly every major concert hall in the world, including Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tokyo Opera City, the Mozarteum, Petronas Towers, the Barbican and Suntory Hall.
His solo career includes appearances with the Orquesta Sinfonia Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica the Daegu City Symphony Orchestra, Daegu, South Korea and the U.S. Navy Band of Washington, DC. His recordings with Empire Brass, which include Class Brass: Firedance and The Glory of Gabrieli, can be heard exclusively on the Telarc Label. In 2003, Miller released his solo debut recording entitled From Bach to Bernstein: Romantic Music for Horn and Piano on the MSR Label.
Miller's orchestral experience includes principal positions with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, National, Baltimore Symphony Orchestras and the Florida Philharmonic. Miller, a founding member of the New World Brass Quintet, recorded the Ingolf Dahl Music for Brass Instruments on the Argo Decca Label. He is a clinician for Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments and performs exclusively on the CONN 8 D.
Active as a recitalist and clinician, Miller currently serves on the faculties of the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland and the Las Vegas Music Festival at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He has served on the faculties of the Bowdoin Summer Festival and the Trombones de Costa Rica International Brass Festival. In 1999, he was appointed an International Principal at the Pacific Music Festival of Sapporo, Japan. Miller also performs annually at the Festival de Musique de St. Barthelemy, the Monadnock Music Festival of New Hampshire and with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Miller received his BM in Performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he studied with Robert Fries, former co-principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Miller makes his home in Silver Spring, Maryland and Boca Raton, Florida with his wife, violinist Laura Hilgeman, and their six children.
B.M., Oberlin College, Conservatory of Music
My teaching philosophy is based on the premise that I have been given a responsibility to share with my students the knowledge which I have been afforded through my years of education, experience and research. Through mentorship and by example, I will strive to motivate, guide and prepare students to achieve the goals and opportunities presented through my curriculum. As a mentor, I will encourage students to develop their individual musical and technical performance ability to its fullest potential and to develop independent thinking with the knowledge of musical color, shape, form, style, direction and control as necessities of musical art. Through standard technical studies, students will develop skills for addressing issues such as musical expression, articulations, note lengths, multiple tonguing, embouchure facility and intonation. In addition, the study of orchestral excerpts will give students the skills for audition preparation and knowledge of the orchestral repertoire. In addition to lessons, weekly studio classes will be structured in such a way as to present a performance workshop dealing with various aspects of technique, performance, stage presence and pedagogy. My career has been built on a foundation that performance and teaching are one in the same, and that an equal combination of both is the perfect balance. Students learn the most through imitation and emulation of their teacher. Conversely, teachers are forever learning and discovering new pedagogical ideas through their students. To this end, I believe a successful teacher is often measured, in part, by the success of their students.