Biography

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Dr. Courtney Miller is Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Iowa. Before coming to University of Iowa, Dr. Miller taught oboe at Boston College and reed class at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Department with John Ferrillo. She has also served on the faculty at Ashland University (OH), Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department, Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department, and Western Reserve Academy. Dr. Miller’s primary teachers are renowned oboists and pedagogues John Ferrillo, John Mack, Eric Ohlsson and Eric Olson.

Since her solo debut with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at age 17, Dr. Miller has been a devoted performer traveling throughout the United States and abroad as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.  She has performed in many prestigious halls, such as Boston’s Symphony Hall and Cleveland’s Severance Hall, as well as numerous smaller venues, which allow for more audience interaction. Professor Miller ardently believes music has the power to reach and influence people and that it must be accessible to everyone. She regularly engages artists and dancers in interdisciplinary outreach projects to bring classical music to new audiences. Some of these projects can be viewed on her YouTube channel.

Dr. Courtney Miller recently released a solo album Modern Fairy Tales on Centaur Records. This album features world premiere recordings of works by Marcia Kraus and Marilyn Zupnik, as well as compositions by Hendrik Andriessen, Alyssa Morris, Béla Bartók, Stanislas Verroust, and Peter Schickele. Modern Fairy Tales is available on HB Direct,  Amazon, and ArkivMusic.

 In addition to her solo endeavors, Dr. Miller is also an enthusiastic chamber musician and a core member of the prestigious international chamber ensemble, VirtuosoSoloists. This August Dr. Miller will premiere a new composition by Dr. John H. Wallace of Boston University with VirtuosoSoloists during their summer residency in Italy.

Also an experienced orchestral musician, Dr. Miller has performed with numerous orchestras including the Portland Symphony (ME), the Jacksonville Symphony (FL), the Atlantic Symphony (MA), the Akron Symphony (OH), the Canton Symphony (OH), the Toledo Symphony (OH), the Erie Philharmonic (PA), the Cleveland Opera (OH), the Cleveland Pops (OH), the Wheeling Symphony (WV), the Youngstown Symphony (OH), and the Tallahassee Symphony (FL) to name a few.

When she isn’t making music Dr. Miller can likely be found hanging out with friends, swimming, cycling and stand-up paddle boarding.

Dr. Courtney Miller has a Bachelor of Music from Florida State University, a Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University.