Harrison Miller joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as acting principal bassoon in September 2017, having been appointed to the position by Music Director Marin Alsop. Harrison received his undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School in May 2017, where he studied with Judith LeClair. In addition to receiving a Kovner Fellowship, Harrison was the winner of Juilliard’s 2017 Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music.
Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, Harrison began his formal musical education studying with Joyce Kelley before going on to attend the Juilliard Pre-College as a student of Marc Goldberg in 2010. The first bassoonist in Juilliard’s history to win concerto competitions in two divisions, Harrison performed as soloist with both the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra. Prior to joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Harrison performed regularly as a substitute musician with the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre, guest principal with Symphony in C (Haddonfield, New Jersey) and Greenwich (Conn.) Choral Society.
A devoted chamber musician, Harrison studied with the New York Woodwind Quintet as a member of their 2014 Juilliard seminar and has since gone on to perform in New York's annual ChamberFest, masterclasses at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and in a woodwind quintet with members of the New York Philharmonic for their Very Young People’s Concerts. Previous summer festival experiences include participation at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a New Horizons Fellow, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Harrison was formerly a teaching assistant for Marc Goldberg at the Juilliard Pre-College. He lead reed-making classes, assisted in lessons, mentored students in orchestra and coached chamber music. When he's not busy making reeds or practicing for the BSO, Harrison enjoys exploring his new Bolton Hill neighborhood.