Heidi Johanna Miller


Adjunct Assistant Professor and Conductor, Brass Choir and Woodwind Choir in Music and Music - Instrumental

Originally from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Heidi Johanna Miller serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she conducts the Brass Choir and Woodwind Choir and teaches courses in music education.  Prior to moving back to Minnesota, she was Artist-in-Residence in Winds and Director of the Williams College Wind Ensemble in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Other past appointments include interim conductor of the University of Massachusetts Lab Orchestra and Symphony Band and instructor of conducting and vocal music education, assistant conductor of the Pioneer Valley (MA) Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, founder and artistic director of the Minneapolis-St. Paul based Sapphire Chamber Consort, lecturer in conducting and music education at Ithaca College, and teacher of instrumental music at Spring Lake Park High School (MN). Miller also served as co-conductor of the Amherst Community Band while living in Massachusetts.


Miller has led numerous public school music festivals, instrumental and vocal ensembles, and chamber ensembles, and has performed as a soprano specializing in contemporary and early music. Her recent engagements include conducting the MMEA Junior Western District concert band, the Northeast Vermont District Festival Wind Ensemble, and adjudicating large group festivals in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Also active as a performer, Miller recently performed Joseph Schwantner's "Sparrows" in recital at the University of Massachusetts.  She has appeared with the Minnesota Chorale, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Anniversary Chorale, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (MN), the Sapphire Chamber Consort, the Cornell University Chorale, the New England-based chamber choir Novi Cantori, and the newly-formed Flux Ensemble.


An advocate for new music, Miller has guided premiere performances of pieces by several Williams College students, as well as works by Stephen Hartke, Keir Neuringer, Carl Schroeder, James Patrick Miller, Dawn Lenore Sonntag, and James Syler. Her ensembles’ performances have been noted by composers Karel Husa, Steven Stucky, and Dana Wilson; furthermore, in 2008, her dissertation research on the music of Steven Stucky was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the University of Minnesota.  Currently, Miller is heading a commissioning consortium for a work by Shawn Brogan Allison, slated to be completed in 2014.


Miller earned the D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Minnesota, where she served as conductor of the North Star Band during the 2008-2009 season, as well as working as a full-time teaching assistant in the music department.  She earned the M.M. in conducting from Ithaca College, and the B.M. in music education and performance from the University of Minnesota. Her professional mentors include Craig Kirchhoff, Stephen Peterson, Kathy Romey, Mark Russell Smith, and she has studied soprano voice with Thom Baker and John de Haan. Currently she resides in Saint Peter, MN with her husband, James, daughter, Linnea, and their two cats, Gandalf and Tizzy. Outside of music her hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking and baking, and playing golf and softball.


University of Minnesota - D.M.A. in conducting, Ithaca College - M.M. in conducting, University of Minnesota - B.M. in performance and music education

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-192Brass Choir82016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-187Chamber Winds82016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-207Intro Music Ed52016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-107Elem Music Fundmntls42016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-166Gustavus Wind Symphony22016/FA