Instructor of Music Theory
Paul Miller is an Instructor of Music Theory at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He holds an MM in viola performance (2006) and a PhD in Music Theory (2009), both from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) and a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. As an undergraduate, he also studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and at Harvard University. His research focuses on the music and theory of Karlheinz Stockhausen, post-war serial and minimal music, and Baroque performance practice. His work has been funded through the Presser Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Stockhausen Foundation for Music in Kürten, Germany, and the University of Colorado. He has, or will be published in Perspectives of New Music, Twentieth Century Music, and the Journal of the American Music Research Center. In 2012, he was named “Resident Scholar” of the Boulder Bach Festival in Boulder, Colorado.
Miller has presented papers at international, national, regional and local conferences in the United States and Germany. He has edited two volumes of essays and texts for the Stockhausen Foundation as well as the score of the viola version of In Freundschaft, a work that he premiered in 2005. He was also co-editor of the journal Music Theory Spectrum for two years. Dr. Miller is currently completing a large-scale project for the Stockhausen Foundation transcribing and analyzing Stockhausen’s last lectures, which he plans on turning into a book in the near future.
Dr. Miller is active as a performer of baroque music on period instruments. His recordings are available on the Analekta and VAD classics labels. He has lectured at and performed on historical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Other notable performances have been as a soloist at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and with the Bethlehem Bach Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 2006, Dr. Miller won a Stipendiumpreis from the Darmstadt International Vacation Courses in New Music for his performances on the viola and the viola d’amore. As a mentor of graduate students at CU, Paul has been heard twice on Colorado Public Radio collaborating with young artists. Paul is the program director of the new Rocky Ridge Early Music Festival and Workshop, which had its inaugural season in August, 2012.
Miller founded the Denver and Boulder-based baroque music ensemble ‘Pearl’ in 2010, and now serves as an independent advisor to the student-run group, which is not affiliated with CU. Several concerts are planned for the 2012-2013 season. He serves on various committees at the College of Music, and as the Webmaster for the Rocky Mountain Society of Music Theory. He also serves on the sustainability committee of SMT (the Society for Music Theory).
AUDIO: An arrangement of Gluck’s aria “Un ruisselet bien clair”, for viola d’amore and soprano, by Anton Huberty featuring Paul Miller and soprano Christie Hageman (MM 2010, voice). Miller is playing on a viola d’amore by Martin Biller made in 2010.