An award-winning harpist, Rachel Miller is celebrated for both her dynamic qualities as a soloist, and an active orchestral harpist.
She serves as Principal Harp for the Binghamton Philharmonic, Principal Harp for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. She attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2014, and was substitute principal harp for the Lancaster Festival in 2014.
Rachel was a winner of the 2015 Lyon & Healy Awards, winner of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music Harp Concerto Competition in 2014, prize-winner in the American Harp Society’s National Competition Advanced Division in 2011, and recipient of the American Harp Society’s Anne Adams Awards in 2010. In 2014, she performed Boieldieu’s Concerto for Harp with the College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players. She again appeared as soloist with the CCM Chamber Players in 2015, playing Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro.
A dedicated educator, Rachel maintains a private teaching studio in Cincinnati, OH, and enjoys working with students of all ages. During the summers of 2009-2012, Rachel instructed and counseled harp students at the Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive, in Simsbury CT. Rachel began her harp studies with Susan Knapp Thomas, at the age of 8. Her primary teachers include Patricia Masri-Fletcher, Arcola Clark, Kathleen Bride, and Gillian Benet Sella. She received her Bachelor of Music at Michigan State University, and Master of Music at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Rachel is a vibrant member of the harp duo, Beyond Pluck, alongside Nashville harpist Paula Bressman.
Beyond Pluck has established a strong YouTube following, spurred by their arrangement of The Who’s hit “Baba O’Riley,” which has received over seventy thousand views.
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Collaboratively minded, Rachel is passionate about creating and promoting art across disciplines.
She is regularly involved in projects celebrating all genres of music, art, theatre and dance. A versatile musician, Rachel offers a range of experience as an orchestral, chamber and solo harpist. She regularly plays for weddings, parties, private events, and is currently accepting private harp students into her studio.