Ember Miller grew up in South Bend, Indiana where she was very active in the music scene at a very young age. She was a member of honors orchestras and bands throughout the Midwest while she was in high school. She continued her musical studies at Michigan State University where she studied with acclaimed clarinetist Caroline Hartig. At Michigan State, she was a member of the Wind Symphony under Kevin Sedatole and Philharmonic Orchestra under Raphael Jiménez. She was also a founding member of the Sparta Winds, an immensely popular woodwind quintet based in Michigan who enjoyed a residency in 2009 with the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and premiered a piece entitled “Une Rose” by Canadian Composer; Thierry Tidrow.
After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance at MSU, she decided to continue her studies at Northwestern University where she studied from Steve Cohen. At Northwestern, she performed with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under Mallory Thompson and the Northwestern University Symphony orchestra under Victor Yampolsky. Ember worked in these ensembles as a principal, Eb, bass, and contra bass clarinetist.
An advocate of new music, she was also a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble, where she also played principal and auxiliary clarinet parts. She graduated from Northwestern with a Masters Degree in Music Performance and Literature. Ember is currently living in Chicago where she is in demand as an artist and a teacher. She is the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and serves as a substitute member at the South Bend Symphony, Illinois Symphony, and the Green Bay Symphony.
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