Dr. Albert Miller

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Faculty/Staff Title:  Director of Jazz Studies, Low Brass Instructor
Office/Department:  Department of Music
Degrees:  Doctor of Musical Arts, The University of Kansas Master of Music, The University of Arkansas Bachelor's of Music Education, Indiana State University

Dr. Albert Miller is a professional musician hailing from Columbus, Indiana.  He specializes in low brass, playing the euphonium, trombone, and tuba.  Born in 1986, Albert has accomplished a great deal in his short career.  He has received awards and accolades for his playing from numerous competitions and conferences around the United States and Canada.   

In demand as a soloist and ensemble musician, Albert has made a name for himself by being a well-rounded and versatile musician.  Equally at home in classical and jazz idioms, Albert strives to blur the lines between classical and jazz musicians.  On euphonium, Albert has played in such ensembles as the Lafayette (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Philharmonia, the Champion Fountain City Brass Band, with whom he recorded their CD Project: Blue Christmas, the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, and the Internationally acclaimed University of Kansas Wind Ensemble.  With this group he recorded the CD Landscapes, released in 2012 on the NAXOS label.  As a trombonist, Albert has played in the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Philharmonic, the Fayetteville Jazz Collective, the Downbeat Award-winning University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble 1, and with numerous local jazz ensembles and brass quintets throughout the Midwest.  Albert has recently added the tuba to his list of skills and already has accomplished a great deal on this instrument.  He has performed with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and with the Oread Tuba-Euphonium Quartet.  He also performed on tuba with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble for the premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s In the Shadow of No Towers in March 2013 and recorded this work to be released in 2013 on the NAXOS label. In 2014, Albert will record Anthony Maglione's "The Mystic Trumpeter" in Kansas City with the WIlliam Jewell College Choir.  This recording will be released by Crystal Records in Fall 2014. 

Active as a chamber musician, Albert has performed with numerous brass quintets, tuba quartets, and trombone quartets throughout the Midwest.  He has also performed in recital and as a guest artist/clinician at conferences including the Southeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference and the Great Plains Tuba-Euphonium Conference as well as universities such as Northern Arizona University and Mid-America Nazarene University.  His chamber ensembles have been welcomed into the public schools as clinicians around the greater Kansas City area.  

While at the University of Kansas Albert was the Teaching Assistant to renowned pedagogues Scott Watson and Dan Gailey.  Under Scott Watson, Albert helped develop a strong undergraduate studio of euphoniums at the University of Kansas as well as founded the University of Kansas Euphonium Choir.  Under Dan Gailey, he directed the University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble 3 and Jazz Combo 6 as well as assisting in organizing the annual KU Jazz Festival.  He also serves on the faculty for the annual Midwestern Music Academy, which brings in over 600 middle and high school students to the KU campus every summer.  At this academy, Albert has taught low brass, beginning improvisation, and jazz history. 

Albert has the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas, the Master of Music from the University of Arkansas, and a Bachelor's of Music Education from Indiana State University.  His primary teachers include Professor Scott Watson, Dr. Micheal Davidson, Dr. Benjamin Pierce, Professor Gerald Sloan, Dr. Alex Lapins, Dr. Randy Mitchell, and Professor M. Dee Stewart. 

Please visit www.albertmillerlowbrass.com to learn more.

Currently, Albert lives in Lawrence with his wife Sarah and his cat Monster.