Clarinetist Ember Miller is in demand as an artist and a teacher throughout the Chicago area. She is currently the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and a substitute member of the South Bend, Illinois, and the Green Bay Symphonies.
Recognition of her success has led her to perform worldwide; most recently throughout Italy and at the Domaine Forget Music Academy in Quebec, Canada.
Ms. Miller was active in the music scene from a very young age, participating in honors orchestras and bands throughout the Midwest. She received a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Michigan State University, where she studied with acclaimed clarinetist Caroline Hartig. At Michigan State, she performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra under Raphael Jiménez and the Wind Symphony under Kevin Sedatole, with whom she performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2007. She was also a founding member of the Sparta Winds, a celebrated woodwind quintet that enjoyed a residency with the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2009, and premiered a work entitled “Une Rose” by Canadian composer Thierry Tidrow.
Ms. Miller continued her studies at Northwestern University, studying with Steve Cohen and earning a Masters Degree in Music Performance and Literature. At Northwestern, she performed with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under Mallory Thompson and with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra under Victor Yampolsky, playing principal, Eb, bass, and contra bass clarinet parts. A pioneer of new music, she was also a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble, where she performed as a principal and auxiliary clarinetist.
Ms. Miller has collaborated with some of today's leading composers including John Mackey, Carter Pann, John Corigliano, David Maslanka, and William Bolcom, among many others. She has worked tirelessly with ensembles to premiere many works written by these composers.
Ms. Miller lives in Chicago and is working as both an artist and teacher. Her students have garnered acclaim and achieved success throughout the Midwest. They are members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Midwest Young Artists orchestras, IMEA Junior and Senior divisions, Indiana All-State Bands and Orchestra, and the Protege Philharmonic.