Strings Department, Adult String Ensemble

Education

B.M. in Music Education, Minor in Music and Human Services, James Madison University
M.M. in Conducting, Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Music Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Nicoletta has pursued additional conducting studies at Wintergreen Music Festival, International Conducting Workshop and Competition, Athens Philharmonia International Master Class and Competition, Beyond Borders – Shining a Light Series, International Conducting Master Class, and The Conducting Institute, working closely with Victor Yampolsky, Erin Freeman, Michalis Economou, Lawrence Golan, and Gary Lewis.

In 2021 and 2022, Nicoletta was a national finalist for The American Prize’s national competition in both the college/university and community orchestra divisions. During her undergraduate studies, she received the School of Music Scholarship and Joy Hollar Costello Scholarship Endowment for Music Education for her academic excellence and commitment to service in the community.

Performing Experience

An advocate of fostering inclusive music-making spaces, Nicoletta is passionate about performing works by living artists and sharing their stories with her community. Nicoletta participated in Beyond Borders’ inaugural Shining a Light seminar & master class series and has collaborated with composers from UNC-Greensboro and Wintergreen Music Festival & Academy. Nicoletta conducted the world premieres for Christie’ Echols’ Fleeting (2019), Julian Ward’s Eulogy (2019) and Peter the Great (2017), and Lihuen Sirvent’s Un día en Sao Paolo (2019). Other recent performances of contemporary music include Anne Neikirk’s Fables (2012) and Jessica Rudman’s Everything Carries Me to You (2012).

Nicoletta has also recently performed with the following organizations:
Music Director/Conductor, Mandoleers (Arlington, VA);
Assistant/Cover Conductor, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (Greensboro, NC);
Guest Conductor, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra (Denver, CO);
Guest Conductor, Athens Philharmonia Orchestra (Athens, Greece);
Guest Conductor, Wintergreen Music Festival Orchestra (Wintergreen, VA);
Graduate Conductor, UNCG Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia, Casella Sinfonietta (Greensboro, NC);
Music Director/Conductor, JMU Campus Orchestra (Harrisonburg, VA)

Teaching Experience

Nicoletta is known for her passionate energy and enthusiasm, commitment to inclusivity, and support of lifelong musicianship. Nicoletta is the newly-appointed music director of the Mandoleers, a mandolin-guitar orchestra for adult musicians. Previously, Nicoletta was an assistant conductor for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, where she covered masterworks, pops, and educational performances and coordinated video production for live audience and broadcast.

Nicoletta has worked with musicians of all ages, including in K-12 and secondary education environments. From 2015-2018, Nicoletta was the music director of the James Madison University Club Orchestra. During her tenure, Nicoletta led the orchestra through a period of substantial growth, expanding membership from 11 to 50+ members. An enthusiastic music educator, Nicoletta facilitates clinics with elementary, middle, and high school programs. Recent community engagements include positions with the Greensboro Symphony OrKIDStra Program, UNCG Summer Music Camp, JMU Spring String Thing, Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program, Music Orchard, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Nicoletta is also a member of the American String Teachers Association, College Orchestra Directors Association, and Conductors Guild.

During spring 2020, I was curious about the connection between music and medicine and conducted a research study on medical orchestras in the U.S. The following summer, I shared my findings with my colleagues and co-founded the National Association of Medical Orchestras. As a member on the board, I strive to foster community and collaboration among medical orchestras nationwide and enrich medical musicians’ lives through shared knowledge and expertise.

Nicoletta Moss Miller

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that all students can become lifelong music learners. In my teaching, I focus on developing technical and musician skills along with cultivating creativity and personal expression. We explore a variety of repertoire from the past and present while collaborating in a shared space that welcomes conversations about music and social issues. Imbedded within a community of trust, I believe that orchestral experiences can promote the meaningful growth in many ways and aspects of my students’ lives. I am committed to supporting and encouraging all musicians, and I hope they will become their own teachers, approach learning with enthusiasm, and make insightful contributions to our society.

Nicoletta Moss Miller

At Levine

I am excited to join a diverse musical community full of adult musicians! Levine is a supportive place where both students and teachers can continue to grow as humans. From performances to master classes, ensembles to recitals, there are countless ways to learn more about music and our community, and I am thrilled to add to the program.

Nicoletta Moss Miller

Nicoletta is also the Enrollment Manager at Levine, where she oversees new student placement, supervises the Suzuki and Honors Programs, tackles any registration needs, and generally helps things run smoothly.

Personal

Nicoletta is passionate about cooking, biking, and traveling. She is also proud of her Greek heritage — and often brings tasty homemade foods to campus.

www.nicolettamoss.com