Canadian-born conductor Tania Miller has distinguished herself as a dynamic interpreter, musician and innovator. On the podium, Maestra Miller projects authority, dynamism and sheer love of the experience of making music. As one critic put it, she delivers calm intensity . . . expressive, colourful and full of life . . . her experience and charisma are audible.” Others call her performances “technically immaculate, vivid and stirring”.
Miller’s 2021-22 season featured debuts with the World Orchestra Festival in Daegu, South Korea with concerts in Daegu, Hwaseong and Seoul with the Virtuoso Chamber Orchestra. Miller recently debuted with the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul and debuted this season with Calgary Opera. Recent engagements include L’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Vancouver Symphony and London Symphonia; she conducted the Vermont Symphony, Elgin Symphony and Rockford Symphony, among others.
She has appeared as a guest conductor in Canada, the United States and Europe with such orchestras as the Bern Symphony Orchestra, NFM Wroclåw Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestra Métropolitain de Montreal, Vancouver Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, Madison Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic and others.
Miller was music director of Canada’s Victoria Symphony for 14 years and was named music director emerita for her commitment to the orchestra and community. She has distinguished herself as a visionary leader and innovator with a deep commitment to contemporary repertoire and composers. She has gained a national reputation as an advocate and communicator for the arts. Her writing has been featured in the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Symphony magazine, Toronto’s Globe and Mail and Better Humans.
Miller will conduct Calgary Opera this season and previously conducted many productions as artistic director of Michigan Opera Works (Rape of Lucretia, Semele, Dido and Aeneas) in Ann Arbor, as conductor of Opera McGill in Montreal (Tales of Hoffmann, Marriage of Figaro), as assistant conductor of University of Michigan Opera (Daughter of the Regiment, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Le Rossignol, The Magic Flute) and as assistant for Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of Eugene Onegin. She was assistant conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival for four seasons with Bruno Weil, and assistant and associate conductor of the Vancouver Symphony from 2000 to 2004.
Miller has a doctorate and master's degree in conducting from the University of Michigan. She received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Royal Roads University and an honorary fellowship diploma from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music for her commitment to leadership in community and music education. She received the 2017 Friends of Canadian Music Award from the Canadian League of Composers for her dedication to the performance of contemporary music.