Tess Miller, DMA, is a freelance performer, flute instructor, and clinician from the mid-Michigan area. In 2004, Dr. Miller received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where she studied with Richard Sherman. Her dissertation dealt with the causes of music performance anxiety and how musicians can improve or enhance their performance skills through journal writing. She has been invited to present her ideas at various colleges and conferences throughout the country including the College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Conference, the Central Michigan University Flute Day, and the University of Southern Mississippi Flute Day among other colleges and universities.
Dr. Miller is an avid chamber musician. As a member of the Red Cedar Wind Trio, she performed as a semi-finalist at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Her quartet, the Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble, released a CD on the White Pine Record Label in 2011. This disc, The Latin Dance Project, consists of newly composed and arranged music for two flutes, guitar, and percussion and was nominated for three WYCE Jamies Awards in 2011. Dr. Miller is also a member of the flute/double bass duo, Extreme Duality, an ensemble that performs recitals, school concerts, weddings, and healing concerts.
In addition to chamber music performance, Dr. Miller is also a distinguished orchestral musician. She currently plays second flute with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and is an active freelance performer with the Lansing, Jackson, Midland, and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras. Miller has performed as a featured soloist with various College and Community Bands and Orchestras including the MSU Philharmonic Orchestra, the Meridean Concert Band, and the Mott Community College Band.
Dr. Miller has taught at Central Michigan University as a sabbatical replacement and at Hillsdale College as a maternity-leave replacement. She is currently the Adjunct Flute Instructor at Albion and Olivet Colleges, Visiting Professor of Music at Alma College, and maintains an active private studio at the Michigan State University Community Music School. In addition to her teaching, she is a new music and CD reviewer for The Flutist Quarterly. Dr. Miller recently completed the Music for Healing and Transition Program and is a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP). This certification allows her to provide live, prescribed music at the bedside of the ill and dying. She lives in St. Johns, MI with composer husband Scott R. Harding and daughter Roslyn.