TIMOTHY LEE MILLER is an American composer, arranger, orchestrator, and publisher of 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. 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 principal 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, Europe, Russia, and China. His music is recorded on ERMMedia, Ansonica, Navona, and Phoenix Classics.
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 alongside music by the other seven composers. The CD to date has received worldwide critical acclaim and was in consideration for a Grammy nomination. His debut jazz album was released in March 2018 on the Ansonica label. SOMETHING MORE: The Jazz Music of Timothy Lee Miller is a collection of eight original jazz compositions that explore the unique relationships that the composer has with his family.
Expanding upon something as simple as a photograph or a memory, Miller's noir-influenced jazz expands his reflections beyond words and instead creates a story through moods. The album features both contemporary compositions, as late as 2017, as well as some that Miller had written back in the 1980s. Like a photo album set to sound, Miller’s compositions lets the listener into some of his most cherished memories. SOMETHING MORE shares the thought that behind every memory, there is a story, and behind every story, there is music.
Timothy 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. He has been a composition fellow at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, TN, the 2017 Wyoming Festival-New Music in the Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, and the 2018 and 2019 Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY.
“Finally, someone who isn’t afraid to write pretty music!” Don Pederson, composer and professor of music, University of Tennessee “Wonderfully prolific!” Alex Shapiro, composer “Lovely, unpretentious, well crafted music.” David Tanner, composer “Glorious melodies . . . “ Trajan J. Trathan, composer/musician “Timothy Miller’s music is accessible to audience and performer alike.” Keith McClelland, professor of bassoon, University of Tennessee