Heidi Johanna Miller


Conductor, The Gustavus Wind Symphony in Music and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music Education in Music - Ensembles

Originally from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Dr. Heidi Johanna Miller joined the faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College in 2014, where she conducts the Gustavus Wind Symphony and teaches courses in music education.  She joined the Gustavus faculty after five years spent in Massachusetts, where she served as Artist-in-Residence in Winds and Director of the Williams College Wind Ensemble in Williamstown, MA.  Her varied career also includes appointments with the University of Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley (MA) Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Spring Lake Park High School (MN).  In addition, she co-founded the Minneapolis-St. Paul based Sapphire Chamber Consort and co-conducted the Amherst Community Band for three seasons and the Encore Wind Ensemble for one season. Miller has also performed extensively with vocal ensembles in Minnesota and New England, and loves the intersectionality of vocal and instrumental music of all types.

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. Still deeply connected to New England, Miller guest conducted the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble in the spring of 2019, and adjudicates the MICCA festival in the Boston area yearly.  Recent engagements include presenting at the 2019 Minnesota Music Educators Convention, serving as a guest artist and clinician at the 2018 New England Band Directors Institute, conducting the Gustavus Wind Orchestra on their 2018 tour of Sweden and Norway as well as their performance at the Minnesota Music Educators convention, the 2018 Minnesota Intercollegiate Honor Band, the 2016 and 2017 Ordway High School Honor Band, the 2015 California All-State band at Cal Poly, the 2014 Northeast Vermont District Festival Wind Ensemble, and adjudicating large group festivals in Minnesota, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. She also served as co-conductor of the Encore Wind Ensemble for the 2014-2015 season.  As a vocalist, Miller performed Joseph Schwantner's "Sparrows" in recital at the University of Massachusetts, and served as section leader in church choirs in Westfield, MA and St. Paul, MN.  She has performed 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 Flux Ensemble.

 An advocate for new music, Miller has guided premiere performances of pieces by several student composers, as well as works by Stephen Hartke, James Patrick Miller, Keir Neuringer, Carl Schroeder, Dawn Lenore Sonntag, and James Syler. The Gustavus Wind Symphony, as part of a consortium, will premiere "Blueprints for Hope" by Katherine Bergman in the spring of 2020.  Her ensembles’ performances have been noted by composers Karel Husa, Steven Stucky, and Dana Wilson, and her dissertation research on the music of Steven Stucky was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the University of Minnesota in 2008. 

 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 mentors in conducting include Craig Kirchhoff, Stephen Peterson, Kathy Romey, and Mark Russell Smith; she has studied soprano voice with Thom Baker and John de Haan, and trumpet with David Baldwin and Gary Bordner. Currently she resides in Saint Peter, MN with her husband, James, daughters Linnea and Ingrid, and their two cats, Tisbury and Strider. Outside of music her interests include reading, cooking and baking, ballet, and running.


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

MUS-107 (Elem Music Fundmntls), MUS-166 (Gustavus Wind Symphony), and MUS-207 (Intro Music Ed)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-166 Gustavus Wind Symphony 20 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, and 2016/FA
MUS-107 Music for Elementary Teachers 13 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-207 Intro Music Ed 9 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-187 Chamber Winds 8 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-192 Brass Choir 8 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-165 Gustavus Wind Orchestra 2 2020/FA