An early fascination with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach ultimately led Sandra Miller, a native of Philadelphia, to the baroque flauto traverso. Trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts (high school) and the Curtis Institute of Music (BM) in the conservatory curriculum traditional for woodwind players, she chose—instead of the path leading to membership in a symphony orchestra—to settle in New York City, where she leads an active musical life, appearing in a variety of chamber music performances, solo recitals, and orchestral concerts.
Miller was winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition for a New York recital debut, the Erwin Bodky Competition for Early Music, and of a Solo Recitalist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is frequently invited to perform and record with many well-known period-instrument ensembles, including the American Classical Orchestra, the Trinity (Wall Street) Baroque Orchestra, Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Tafelmusik, and American Bach Soloists. As a founding member and Associate Director of the ensemble Concert Royal, she has toured throughout the U.S. and in Canada, England, Germany, Brazil and Mexico.
For many years Professor (now Emerita) of Music at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music (SUNY), Miller has also taught at the Mannes College of Music, in CUNY’s doctoral program, at the New England Conservatory of Music, and as Kulas Visiting Artist at Case Western Reserve University, as well as in many historical-instrument summer workshops. Since joining the faculty of Juilliard’s new Historical Performance program in 2009, she has performed regularly with its faculty ensemble, Juilliard Baroque. Her solo recordings include the complete Bach flute sonatas and, on six- and eight-keyed classical flutes, the three Mozart concertos.