Donald K. Miller has a wide range of experience in conducting wind bands, orchestras, and chamber ensembles. He is adept at working with musicians of all ages – elementary and secondary students, university students, community musicians and professional performers. Since 2013 he has been Director of Bands at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, directs the Top of the Nation Marching Band and teaches conducting. His past experience includes working in public schools and universities in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. In addition to his teaching positions, Dr. Miller has been Conductor and Music Director of the Starlight Symphony Orchestra of Wimberley, Texas, the San Antonio Symphonic Band and many other community ensembles.
As an advocate of new music, Dr. Miller has been responsible for commissioning over 20 works from composers such as Timothy Mahr, Andrew Boysen, Barry Morse, James Syler and others. He is also an advocate for music education and has served as a clinician for schools and conductor of honor bands across the US. He has made presentations at a number of professional conferences, including the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the Music Educators Associations of Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Wyoming, New Jersey and Missouri, as well as the California and Iowa Bandmasters Associations. In addition to presentations, he is an adjudicator for Director’s Choice Music Festivals, Festivals of Music and state and national events.
Dr. Miller has music degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Wichita State University and received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Iowa.