TIMOTHY LEE MILLER (b. 1961) 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 film and television projects, and he is currently working on the score for video game to be released in 2019. 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 principle 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 and Europe. 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. In 2015 he was a Composition Fellow at the nief-norf Summer Festival for Contemporary Music in Knoxville, Tennessee, and in 2017 he was selected as a Composition Fellow in the Wyoming Festival – New Music in the Mountains held in Grand Teton National Park where he premiered one of his newest works Carmina solis et lunae for string trio. In 2018, he attended the inaugural season of the Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York where he premiered a work in honor of his late mother, When leaves begin to fall, which received heartfelt reviews.
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.
Miller is currently serving as the Webmaster of the New York Composers Circle, as well as the Editor of its In The Loop online newsblog. For information regarding commissioning Timothy Miller for a new work, please click HERE.
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.
Classical Discoveries Interview
About the Composer