Noted for her luscious, rich tone and compelling musicality, Laura Miller performs around the world as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Ms. Miller soloed with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, having won the 2011 Asian Double Reed Association Competition held near Bangkok. She was a featured New Young Artist at the 2012 Victoria Bach Festival in Texas and also a finalist in the 2012 International Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition and the 2010 Meg-Quigley Vivaldi Competition.
Past summer music festival experiences include a fellowship at Yale's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, a Banff artist-in-residence for the orchestra and masterclass sessions in Alberta, Canada, and solo bassoonist at the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg. Inspired by her experience at the 2011 Early Music Summer Academy in Fossacesia Italy, Ms. Miller helped found the Austin Baroque Orchestra, formerly known as Ensemble Settecento. She continues to play baroque bassoon and dulcian in addition to her duties on the board and as orchestra manager.
Ms. Miller earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where she performed under the batons of Jerry Junkin, Gerhardt Zimmermann, and Dan Welcher; and on the national scene, under conductors Carl St. Clair, Lior Shambadal, John Adams, Gerard Schwarz, and Frederick Fennell. Her most influential mentors include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Frank Morelli, and Michael Ellert.