College of Arts and Sciences
M.M., 2011, University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana
B.M., 2009, Wright State University
An impressive performer and passionate educator, percussionist Andy Miller currently co-directs the percussion and world percussion ensembles at Olivet Nazarene University as an adjunct professor.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Andy holds degrees in percussion performance from both Wright State University and the University of Illinois where he was named the Swanson Family Percussion Fellow studying under renowned marimbist William Moersch. Navigating the diverse world of percussion with technical and musical precision, Andy has performed in North America, South America and Asia, sharing the stage with artists such as Jaci Velazquez, 4Him, Ken Thompson, Jim Pugh, Tito Carillo, Janis Potter, David Cossin and master African drummer Bolokada Conde.
In 2010, he appeared twice as a concerto soloist with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra after winning the concerto competition. Andy has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, has improvised dance accompaniment for members of the Trisha Brown and Mark Morris Dance Companies, and recorded with the Afro-pop group Rhythm Manding. He was awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship from the U.S. Government to Colombia in 2011, where he studied both traditional marimba music and contemporary music, completing the Contemporary Percussion Sound Exchange Project that culminated in a series of concerts given in Bogotá premiering new works for percussion by American and Colombian composers.
Committed to contemporary music, Andy was a resident performer at the 2012 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and is currently percussionist and artistic director of the Archaea Tree Ensemble based in Urbana, Ill.