Alexander Elliott Miller

Alexander Elliott Miller


Office: UMC-C304
Phone: 562-985-4781

Alexander Elliott Miller (b. 1982, Boston, MA) is a musician and educator based in Southern California. Active as a composer and electric guitarist, he has collaborated with and been commissioned by Grammy-nominated musicians including Vicki Ray, Tony Arnold and Aron Kallay. His compositions have been performed by adventurous new music groups including Juventas New Music Ensemble, Earplay New Chamber Music, HOCKET, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Quintet Attacca, and the What’s Next? Ensemble, a group of which he was Co-Director. His music has been presented on concert series including People Inside Electronics, Synchromy, the Carlsbad, TUTTI, Hear Now, Aspen and Bowdoin Music Festivals, and received honors including the Earplay Donald Aird Composers Award and a MacDowell Fellowship.

With backgrounds in rock, classical and jazz guitar, Miller has performed extensively as a solo guitarist and as a member of the What’s Next? Ensemble. He has been a frequent performer of his own compositions for guitar, especially his classical guitar solo Flatiron, and a new large suite, TO....OBLIVION: Historic Landmarks Around Los Angeles, a work for electric guitar, electronics and video that examines the constantly changing landscape of Los Angeles. He has performed as a guest guitarist with the Long Beach Opera, the Color Field Ensemble, and appeared as a lead guitarist for singer Mikey Ferrari at Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go.

Miller is on the faculty of California State University Long Beach, where he teaches music theory, composition and musicianship at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. During the Spring of 2017 at CSULB, he will serve as the Acting Graduate Advisor. He also works at Chapman University, teaching Sight Reading for Vocal Majors and Fundamentals, and in the Spring of 2016, initiated a new Songwriting and Composition course for non-music majors.

He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music in Composition from the Eastman School of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Composition & Guitar Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with additional studies in Max/MSP at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music & Audio Technology (CNMAT).

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