American clarinetist, Ashleé Miller, has been praised for her rich “color and imagination” [NPR]. Winner of the 2005 North Carolina Soloist competition, Ashleé made her solo debut at the age of sixteen with the North Carolina Symphony on their opening tour. She was the first clarinetist to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist award, which included a $10,000 career grant, a performance on NPR’s “From the Top,” and a community art project sponsored by NPR. Additionally, she has been featured on WDAV’s “In Person” and her performances have appeared on radio stations throughout the country. Ashleé was a featured performer in the Young Musician’s Forum recital series and has appeared as a guest artist with the Elysium Ensemble and Alaria Trio at Carnegie Hall. She is the former principal of the New York Youth Symphony and member of the Mannes Orchestra.
Aside from performing, Ashleé teaches a private studio of thirty musicians and occasionally demonstrates clarinet in the New York Philharmonic’s “Young People’s Concerts” and “Very Young People’s Concerts” KidZones. She has published numerous program notes in the Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully PLAYBILL for the Mannes Orchestra.
Ashleé has held fellowships at the Bowdoin International Music festival and Sarasota Music Festival, and is an alumna of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She received her high school diploma with a concentration in music from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and was awarded her Bachelor and Master Degrees from Mannes College of Music, graduating as student speaker, winning honors and the Lotte Pulvermacher-Egers Humanities Award. Ashlee is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at CUNY College of Staten Island. She completed her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the CUNY Graduate Center with a dissertation on Charles Ives.