"Carrie is a wonderful teacher! She is able to assess performance and posture issues quickly and provide a clear explanation for improvement. I highly recommend studying with her!"
- Megan Morris
(Orchestra Teacher at Gwinnett County Public Schools)

Carrie Miller began her cello journey at age 9.  Since then, she has taught and performed across the country and currently works as a freelance musician, private instructor, and clinician in Davis, California.

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After learning and performing cello extensively in a variety of high school settings, Carrie studied with
Professor Andrew Luchansky at California State University, Sacramento where she received a
Bachelor of Music in cello performance in 2013. During her four years in Sacramento, she took
masterclasses with pianist-composer Eric Zivian, Timothy Eddy, and Steven Doane. In 2015 she

performed the Lalo Cello Concerto after winning the CSU Sacramento Concerto Competition. Carrie
then continued her studies under the guidance of Professor Greg Sauer at Florida State University,
where she received a Masters of Music in cello performance in 2017. Carrie taught cello and
mentored students while in Florida.


After obtaining her masters, Carrie moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she performed with the
Jackson Symphony, South West Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and West
Symphony Orchestra. She also performed in musicals and a number of chamber series. During this
time her work as a cello instructor blossomed and grew into a thriving entrepreneurial business.


Carrie now lives in her hometown of Davis, CA where she teaches cello both in-person and virtually
over the internet. Carrie enjoys working with cellists of all ages and skill levels. She feels that one of
the best parts of being a teacher is the opportunity to connect on a personal level with her students
and to help them network with other musicians. Carrie finds it especially rewarding to instruct
students one-on-one in her studio, and also to visit public schools for extensive work with cellists in
an educational setting. She loves her job—and it shows!

"I have had the absolute privilege of being a student of Carrie's for about 5 years. Carrie's style of teaching is well balanced with music knowledge, patience, discipline, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm.
I highly recommend Carrie as a cello teacher."

- Karen (Current Student)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Art of Chamber Music

Graduate Cello Assistant

Teaching Freshman at Florida State University

Teacher's Assistant

Managing schedules, directing ensembles, organizing rehearsal spaces

String Project Teacher

Advanced and Intermediate Orchestra, Beginning Cello at CSUS  

ADJUDICATION AND COACHING

Music For the Sake of Music Private Cello Teacher

Music Festival 

Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber Music Coaching

Music Festival

Raa Middle School Cello Sectional

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced

Chamber Music Coaching

String quartet

Davis Senior High School seating auditions

Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Baroque Ensemble

Davis Senior High School cello sectionals

Chamber Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble    

LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Classical Revolution

Sacramento, Tallahassee

Rosemary Beach Foundation

Fundraising Committee Chair

Volunteer, Community Outreach

Volunteer, Music Tutor

Music History

Music Theory

Piano

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Adrian Symphony Orchestra

Midland Symphony Orchestra

West Michigan Symphony

South West Michigan Symphony

Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Albany Symphony Orchestra

Panama City Pops Orchestra

Gulf Coast Symphony

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra

University Symphony Orchestra, Florida State

Numerous chamber music collaborations with CSU, Sacramento, faculty, 

California State University, Sacramento, Symphony Orchestra

Camerata Capistrano Baroque Ensemble

University of California, Davis Baroque Ensemble

Renaissance Society countless solo and chamber performances

Composers Competition during the Festival of New American Music at CSU, Sacramento

Camerata Capistrano Tour

Cal Cap Chamber Music Festival, at CSU, Sacramento

Sacramento Bravo Bach Festival

Faculty Gala performance on New Millennium Concert Series

Music at Noon Concert Series

VITA Symphony Orchestra

California State University Sacramento, Chamber Choir

California State University, Sacramento, Opera Orchestra

University of California at Davis Symphony Orchestra

 

WORLD PREMIERS

The Long Rain for solo cello by Justin Giarrusso

Timepieces for String Quartet by Nick Micheels

Tombstones in the Starlight by Kari Kreiter

Brilliant Midnight by Kari Kreiter

Anachronastic Visions by Ryan Suleiman

Point-Line-Curve for String Quartet, Wind Quartet, Brass Quartet, and Percussion Quartet by Dr. Steven Blumberg

 

ADDITIONAL CELLO STUDIES

Dr. Tanya Carey, Profesor of Cello Roosevelt University

Dr. Deborah Pae, Professor of Eastern Michign

Uri Vardi, Professor of Cello Wisconsin University

Andy Smith, Professor of Cello at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Elisabeth Reed, Co-Director, Conservatory Baroque Ensemble; Baroque 

cello, baroque cello and Feldenkrais method

Susan Lamb Cook, Professor of Cello at University of California, Davis