"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 has 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.

Carrie studied at Florida State University with Greg Sauer receiving a Masters of Music in cello performance and previously received a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the California State University, Sacramento where she studied with Professor Andrew Luchansky. During her 4 years at CSU, Sacramento, she had masterclasses with pianist-composer, Eric Zivian, Timothy Eddy, and Steven Doane. In 2015 she performed the Lalo Cello Concerto after being a winner of the CSU Sacramento Concerto Competition. After finishing her masters, she lived in Ann Arbor Michigan and performed with the Jackson Symphony, South West Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and West Symphony Orchestra in addition to playing in musicals and participating in a number of chamber series.

 

She enjoys working with people of all ages and levels and believes that one of the best parts of being a musician is the opportunity to work with cellists and other musicians. Carrie finds her experience teaching students in her studio and visiting public schools to work with cellists especially rewarding. 

"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

intermediate small group class

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