Paul Miller is a music theorist and a performer specializing in music of the 17th and 18th centuries, and the recent past. Before joining the musicianship department of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in 2015, he served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University and on the faculties of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Temple University.
As a performer, Paul has appeared at the Metropolitian Museum of Art in New York City, the Library of Congress, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music, the Bethlehem Bach Festival, the Hawai`i Performing Arts Festival and with ensembles such as El Mundo and Tempesta di Mare. He has collaborated in chamber music concerts with Richard Savino and Jory Vinikour, both Grammy® award nominees. During his tenure as a fellow at Cornell, Paul led the Baroque Orchestra there and studied with Neal Zaslaw, Christopher Hogwood and Malcolm Bilson. He leads Duquesne’s early music ensemble, The Duke’s Music. Paul also performs on a five-string electric violin built by the firm Zeta.
Paul has presented research at numerous national and regional conferences, and his work has been published in Perspectives of New Music, the American Music Research Center Journal, Twentieth-Century Music, Music and Letters and Opera Quarterly. His research on the viola d’amore in early 19th century Bohemia was published recently as the cover story of Early Music. An expert on the remarkable music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Paul studied with the composer for six summers and premiered his solo viola work “In Freundschaft” in Europe and the United States.
As a pedagogue with almost two decades of classroom experience, Paul specializes in 18th century counterpoint, classical form, and theories of serial music. He holds a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music and a Master’s in viola performance (Eastman). Paul’s undergraduate studies were at Vassar College, New England Conservatory and Harvard University.