Michael Miller began his tenure as fourth trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra with the 2006 Blossom Festival season. A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Mr. Miller took a winding path before returning home: He served in the Peace Corps in Liberia, in an orchestra in the Dominican Republic, and on a Fulbright scholarship in Ecuador. He was living and performing in Charlotte when trumpeter James Darling retired and Mr. Miller successfully auditioned for his hometown orchestra.


  • BM, Baldwin-Wallace College
  • MM, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Teachers include James Darling (retired member of The Cleveland Orchestra), Eugene Blee, Philip Collins, James Thompson, and Larry Black

Teaching Experience

Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Trumpet faculty

Previous music faculty experience

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Queen’s University
  • University of South Carolina