Miller, Sarah

Composition, Piano, Theory

Sarah Miller has been an instructor of composition, theory and piano at MacPhail from 1996, and our Composition Coordinator from 2001. Her teaching starts by connecting with her students through their mutual love of music. From that base, she helps each student create an individual plan, setting realistic goals that they are eager to pursue.

Sarah has received numerous commissions and finished String Theory for the GTCYS Concert Orchestra that was premiered April 18, 2015. Sarah received a State Arts Board Grant to write the Wild Swans, an hour-long piece for chamber ensemble, voice/narrator and dance which was premiered in November, 2014 at the Southern Theater and MacPhail Center for Music, both in Minneapolis. In 2013, she received a commission by the Sinfonia Orchestra to write the Hans Christian Andersen Suite, and a commission by the Prelude Singer/Actor Performance Lab to write No More Bullying.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Humanities, a Master’s of Music in Piano Performance, and a PhD in Music Composition from Michigan State University.