Dr. Leigh Miller
Dr. Leigh Miller
Assistant Professor of Music
Alpha Chi Honor Society Advisor
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Dr. Leigh Miller joined the faculty of Young Harris College in 2009, and since 2011, has been Assistant Professor of Music. She teaches applied clarinet, woodwind literature and pedagogy, and music theory. She remains active as a performer, serving as principal clarinetist of the Toccoa Symphony (Toccoa, GA), and collaborating with fellow colleague, Dr. Richard Knepp (guitar), to perform works for clarinet and guitar both on campus and around the country. In 2015, the faculty artist duo presented recitals and master classes in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee; they have also performed at the Georgia Music Educators conference (2015). Her solo performances include GMEA (2013), Society of Composers, Inc. regional conference in Texas (2012) – where she premiered Tarantella Folli by composer, Dan Perttu, the Young Harris College New Music Festival (2015) – for which she commissioned and premiered Dan Perttu’s Callanish for clarinet solo and wind band, as well as performing as a soloist with the Toccoa Symphony, Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra, Ohio State University Collegiate Winds, Young Harris College Concert Band, and the Young Harris College Community Band, along with other performances across north Georgia at churches, musical festivals and special events. Each spring she hosts the annual YHC Clarinet Summit, which brings internationally- and nationally-known artists to campus for an all-day celebration of the clarinet. She has degrees from Ohio State and Lamar University (Beaumont, TX), where she studied with James M. Pyne and Kim S. Ellis. She may be heard as principal clarinetist with the Ohio State Wind Symphony (2007) in Michael Colgrass’ The Winds of Nagual (NAXOS 8.570244). She is an active member of the International Clarinet Association and the Society for Music Theory.