A Musical Journey

For over two decades, Dr. Tess Miller has been a freelance performer, flute instructor, and clinician from the mid-Michigan area.

Music Education

Tess received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where she completed a dissertation entitled Why Did it Sound Better in the Practice Room: A Guide to Music Performance Anxiety and How to Cope With it Through Journal Writing. She has been invited to present her ideas at various colleges and conferences throughout the country.


Chamber Musician

Tess is an avid and dynamic chamber musician. She is a co-founding member of the Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble (GLAM) which released a CD on the White Pine Record Label. This disc, The Latin Dance Project, consists of newly composed and arranged music for two flutes, guitar, and percussion. She is also a co-founding member of the Durant Street Wind Quintet and Extreme Duality (flute and double bass), an ensemble that has premiered new compositions specifically written for this dynamic duo pairing.

In the summers, Tess has performed for the Mackinac Island Community Foundation Summer Concert Series for which she was Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director.  In 2014, She created, developed, and directed an innovative project called Telephone: An Artistic Response Chain on Mackinac Island, featuring the works of Mackinac Artists (for more info, scroll down to my first blog post to read about it and see pictures).


Orchestral Musician

In addition to chamber music performance, Tess is also a distinguished orchestral musician. She currently plays second flute with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and is an active freelance performer with other Michigan orchestras.


Flute Instructor

Tess is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Alma College and maintains an active private studio at the Michigan State University Community Music School where she enjoys teaching all ages and all levels. In addition to her teaching, she is a new music and CD reviewer for The Flutist Quarterly.


Therapeutic Musician

Wishing to cultivate her abilities as a therapeutic musician, Tess became a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) through the Music for Healing and Transition Program in 2014. Currently, she works at McLaren Greater Lansing providing live, prescribed music at the bedside of the ill and dying.

In 2016, Tess wanted to challenge herself to deepening her meditation practice.  Knowing that having an accountability partner, she created the Facebook group Meditate With Friends as a way to hold space with friends wanting to cultivate, expand, and share their meditation practice with each other.  In 2019, Tess decided to post weekly Facebook Live videos that share her meditation insights and experiences and also short, guided, therapeutic music meditations.  In addition to finding these videos on Facebook, they can also be found on YouTube.

Michigan, USA

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