Introducing Myles Miller


What is your name?

Myles Miller

Where are you from?

Austin, Texas

How are you connected to the UNT Viola Studio?

I am a junior Music Education Major at UNT with a concentration in viola.

Did you choose the viola, or did the viola choose you?

I chose the viola in Middle School because I saw that no one at orientation had signed up for it yet.

Tell us about your viola! Who made it? How did you come to play this instrument? Does it have a name?

My instrument is a William Harris Lee Tertis Model 17″ viola that I purchased two and a half years ago specifically for my college studies.

Who is your favorite violist? (To listen to or as a mentor)

My favorite violists are William Primrose for his impact and skill, and Lawrence Power for his flamboyant showmanship.

If you could only play the works of one composer for the rest of your life, who would you choose and why?

I could easily see myself playing works by Antonín Dvořák for the rest of my life. His compositions are playful, fun, and at times deeply gorgeous and profound to listen to.

What is your favorite piece to play?

Either Cecil Forsyth’s Viola Concerto, the Bach Solo Suites, or Beethoven’s Romances in F and G.

If you could play any non-viola piece, what would it be and why?

I want to perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto, but common arrangements for it are regarded as pretty mediocre. It’s simply one of the most beautiful concertos written.

Do you come from a musical family?

Neither of my parents were necessarily musical, although my father dabbled in guitar and my mother managed a band for a few years.

What are your career goals?

My wish is to be the conductor of a grand orchestra someday.

What made you want to pursue music as a career rather than as a hobby?

There wasn’t any one thing that made me decide. It simply happened, and this is where I am now.

If you couldn’t be in music, what career would you choose?

I would be a historian, as History is my other biggest passion.

If you could take a lesson from any person, alive or deceased, who would it be and why?

Discussing music and philosophy with Leonard Bernstein would be indescribably amazing.

Who has been the most influential musician in your life?

I’m not sure if conductors count as musicians in the context of this question, but Bernstein and Karajan are especially important to me. Karajan for the sound he was able to pull from his orchestras, and Bernstein for the fresh interpretations and focus on musicality rather than nitpicking.

Do you have any pre-concert rituals?

I crack jokes and distract myself so that I don’t end up shaking from nervousness before a concert.

What is your favorite memory, thus far, of being a musician?

My favorite memory is of the first rehearsal I ever had at UNT my freshman year. We were rehearsing the Schumann Piano Concerto and once the first chord hit, I was hooked. The sound of the A minor sonorities ringing throughout the hall sounded to me as a completely different beast than what I was familiar with in High School. I couldn’t stop smiling for the rest of the rehearsal.

Do you have any skills or hidden talents your fellow studio members wouldn’t know about?

I can answer virtually any question regarding history from the late Bronze Age up to around the Vietnam War. Like I said, History is one of my biggest passions.

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