BIO

In 2016-2017 Tania Miller celebrates her 14th season as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in a position that she has occupied with distinction and acclaim. She has been a driving force behind new growth, innovation and quality for the Victoria Symphony, and has gained a national reputation as a highly effective advocate and communicator for the arts. As curator, she has distinguished herself in Canada as a visionary leader and innovator.

On the podium, Maestra Miller projects authority, dynamism and sheer love of the experience of making music. As one critic put it, she delivers "a calm intensity . . . expressive, colourful and full of life . . . her experience and charisma are audible" Others call her performances "technically immaculate, vivid and stirring".

Recently celebrating the orchestra's 75th anniversary in the 2015-2016 season, Tania Miller brought the Victoria Symphony on its first National tour with performances in Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver in concerts that were noted for their boldness, unified spirit and expressive vibrancy. Curating a season which included special guests Yo-Yo Ma, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and a host of extraordinary artists taking part in special festivals and events, Miller showcased the orchestra and brought them once again to new heights.

Tania Miller has appeared as a guest conductor in Canada, the United States and Europe with such orchestras as the Toronto Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Bern Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland), Oregon Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, and Wroclaw Philharmonic (Poland) among others and looks toward an upcoming debut with the Chicago Symphony.

Maestra Miller's early passion was opera; she conducted numerous productions for Michigan Opera Works in Ann Arbor (where she served as Artistic Director) and Opera McGill in Montréal. She obtained her doctoral and master's degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan.

Miller received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria in recognition of her exemplary work as a leader and for her extraordinary artistic achievements in the community. In addition she was a recent recipient of the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Foundation for her community leadership. Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music bestowed her with an Honorary Diploma for her impact on Canadian music in 2015.







Innovator

"Tania Miller has commissioned DJs, rap artists, Japanese percussionists and First Nations singers to perform with the Victoria Symphony. Her impresario's approach draws freely from the world around her."
John Keillor, Ottawa Citizen, October 8, 2008

"She has pressed hard for Canadian contemporary repertoire and reached out with collaborative initiatives."
Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail, December 27, 2012

Tania Miller has a deep belief in expanding the repertoire. During her tenure with the Victoria Symphony she has commissioned and premiered over 55 new works and has gained a reputation for programming diversity in a variety of different series aimed at developing audiences and experiences in music within her orchestras' community.

Maestra Miller naturally has an especially strong commitment to Canadian music, and has built close working relationships with five successive composers-in-residence at the Victoria Symphony: Jared Miller, Michael Oesterle, Rodney Sharman, Anna Hostman, and Tobin Stokes. She hosts annual workshops and programs to encourage and showcase young composers.

Tania has mounted festivals devoted to the music of such major Canadian and international figures as John Cage, R. Murray Schafer, Gerald Barry, György Ligeti and Gavin Bryars and has curated partnerships with museums, dance companies, theatre companies, art galleries and more to expand the depth of these festivals.

Tania created and hosted annual New Music Festivals which explored and presented the works of Canadian and international composers. Her Odyssey series was designed to present cross-collaborations of contemporary music with other art forms such as dance, film, world music, art, poetry, and popular music. Elsewhere, she has worked closely with such contemporary music ensembles as Toronto's Ergo; where she premiered several new works in Toronto, New York and Munich. Earlier in her career, she was deeply involved in new music at the Banff Festival of the Arts.

Tania Miller also believes in helping audiences hear more familiar music in new ways and settings. One way she does this is through special thematic "Explorations" programs and series that place the music in its broader human context. Examples include programming focused on West Coast artist Emily Carr and the First Nations of the Pacific Rim, or in celebrating Victoria's historical Chinatown (the oldest in Canada) with a two-month long Chinatown Festival and a newly commissioned music theatre work "Harmonious Interest" by Chan Ka Nin.







COMMUNITY

"The Maestra's drive, passion and vision make Victoria a new frontier in classical music."
Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail, December 27, 2012

"Her instincts are remarkable."
Dr. Masha Hanen, former Board chair

For the past decade, Tania Miller has been a dynamic leading figure in the cultural and civic life of Victoria, BC and the 350-thousand-person Capital Regional District of which it is a part.

Victoria Symphony Splash is one of the most popular and distinctive community engagement events organized by any symphony orchestra on the planet. Every August, an astounding 40,000 people gather to hear the orchestra play outdoors on a barge in the city's beautiful Inner Harbour. Maestra Miller steps from a horse-drawn carriage on the causeway in front of the iconic Empress Hotel to the applause of fans, as a bagpiper leads her across the gangplank to the podium.

While Splash is a unique permanent symbol of the close relationship between Tania Miller, the orchestra and the city, it is only one example. Another initiative of Tania Miller has been deep collaboration and connection to youth. One memorable day, more than a thousand music students gathered in a local hockey arena, interspersed among the adult professionals who make up the ranks of the Victoria Symphony. Up in the stands, their friends and colleagues cheered wildly as the collective ensemble, under Tania Miller's baton, performed "The Rink Cycle": a concert program ranging from the Ode to Joy to the Hockey Night in Canada theme.

Every year, Tania Miller prepares and presents education concerts for seven thousand local kids. Every summer, she brings the orchestra to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Not a year passes without some new festival envisioned by Tania - with the Victoria Symphony at its centre, but reaching out to involve a wide range of community institutions and organizations.

Almost every week, it seems, she is speaking passionately about, and winning new friends for, classical music and the Victoria Symphony at some public event or other. Tania Miller is nothing less than the city's musical ambassador.

For her dedication to community leadership, Tania recently received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Victoria's Royal Roads University. The Rotary Foundation's highest award, the Paul Harris Fellow, was bestowed upon Maestra Miller in 2016 for her extraordinary impact on the community and her dedication to it's young people in particular. Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music gave Tania Miller an Honorary Diploma in 2015 for her commitment to music leadership and music education.







CONTACT



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130 West 57th Street, Suite 6A
New York, New York 10019

Phone: 212 977 6779



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