Kayleigh Miller, violist, originally from Pasadena, CA, is currently attending the University of Nevada, Reno, as a member of the Nightingale String Quartet. She previous studied with Roger Tapping and Carol Rodland at the New England Conservatory and Eastman School of Music. She also received a dual bachelor’s degree in performance and music history at the New England Conservatory in 2008. She has participated in numerous festivals and masterclasses, including the Banff and Orford masterclasses, Spoleto Festival USA, Domaine Forget, and the International Ensemble Moderne Academy workshop. She has soloed with the Eastman Philharmonia, and as a part of the Foodlink concert series in Rochester, NY. Additionally, she is a dedicated ensemble member, and most recently played in the New World Symphony throughout the spring of 2011. Currently she is a member of the Reno Philharmonic, and previous was a member of the Boston-based Discovery Ensemble and Boston Philharmonic. Kayleigh is passionate about contemporary music, and has performed in contemporary ensembles at Eastman, the New England Conservatory, and in Boston. She recently performed George Benjamin’s viola duet, “Viola, Viola” in Innsbruck, Austria, and a world premiere Saxophone and Viola duet by John Aylward at the 2010 North American Saxophone Congress in Athens, GA.
Kayleigh is additionally a committed educator and arts advocate. She played violin for 12 years prior to becoming a violist, participated in numerous youth orchestras, and gained leadership skills as a concertmaster and section leader. Her interest in community service began in high school, where she performed at local senior centers, elementary school classrooms, and on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. She has taught strings, music history, and sight-singing in a wide variety of settings. She most recently traveled to North Africa, where she collaborated with musicians abroad and taught violin and viola. She has also performed Musical Storytimes in a wide variety of settings from public libraries to classrooms to art museums. She previously taught at the Music Education Center in Fairport, NY, where she engaged autistic and other special education students in music. While at Eastman, she completed a certificate in Arts Leadership, where she interned at the Rochester Public Radio Station, WXXI. She assisted with the inaugural season of “Music for Food” in Boston, MA, which is a classical music concert series to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. In addition to her musical interests, she recently completed 200 RYT Yoga Teacher Training, and hopes to study more in the fields of lifestyle and wellness. Her other interests include baking, crafting, reading children’s literature, and amateur photography. She currently teaches and performs in Reno,NV.