An engaging performer and passionate educator, Andy Miller currently performs with the Archaea Tree Ensemble, teaches percussion at Olivet Nazarene University, and teaches at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Associate Instructor). Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Andy holds degrees in percussion performance from both Wright State University (B.M., Alumni of the Year 2014) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.M., Swanson Family Percussion Fellow). Currently, Andy is a doctoral candidate in percussion performance from Indiana University.
Navigating the diverse world of percussion with technical and musical precision, Andy Miller has performed in North America, South America, and Asia, bringing a broad knowledge of the percussive arts to bear in performance, pedagogy, and research. He has been a featured percussion concerto soloist with the Indiana University Orchestra (Pataruco, Concerto for Venezuelan Maracas and Orchestra), University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra (The Glory and the Grandeur), and the Wright State University Wind Symphony (Gillingham: Concertino for 4 percussion and winds). He has played with orchestras throughout the Midwest (Peoria Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Champaign-Urbana Symphony) and has held residencies at many summer festivals (Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Troublesome Gap). Committed to the performance of contemporary music, Andy has commissioned and premiered many new pieces for percussion and has worked with composers such as Ken Thompson, Robert Paterson, Steve Reich, Jon Supko, Juri Seo, Vin Calianno, Rodolfo Acosta, Johann Hassler (Colombia), José Martinez, Juan Camilo Vásquez, and Quinn Collins.
As a musician for dance, Andy has accompanied members of the Mark Morris and Trisha Brown Dance Companies as well as staff accompanist positions at the University of Illinois and substitute accompanist at Indiana University. His collaborations as a composer-performer with contemporary choreographers have received performances in New York, (Maria, Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research at the Judson Church) Illinois, (Piece.piece. Krannert Center) and Colombia (Fracture, IX Festival Santander en Escena).
Andy specializes in Afro-Colombian, West African, and Afro-Cuban folkloric music and has had the opportunity to study with and perform alongside master musicians such as Bolokada Conde (Les Percusion de Guinée), Francis Lara (Latin Grammy award winning, Gaiteros de San Jacinto), and percussionist Michael Spiro (Wayne Wallace Quintet). He was awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship from the U.S. Government to Colombia in 2011, where he studied Afro-Colombian folkloric music with Ferney “La Wey” Segura, Francis Lara, and Jorge Sepulveda. In the summer of 2015 Andy was awarded the Graduate Presser Award to continue this study of Afro-Colombian percussion, focusing on the Bullerengue genre with master Emilsen Pacheco in the small seaside town of San Juan de Urabá.
When Andy is not performing or teaching, he enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, and woodworking in Bloomington, Indiana, where he lives with his wife, harpist Erin Brooker-Miller.