Tess Miller, DMA, CMP

For two decades, Dr. Tess Miller has been a freelance performer, flute instructor, and clinician from the mid-Michigan area. Dr. Miller received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where she completed a dissertation on the causes of music performance anxiety and how musicians can improve or enhance their performance skills through journal writing. She has been invited to present her ideas at various colleges and conferences throughout the country.

Dr. Miller is an avid and dynamic chamber musician. She is a co-founding member of the Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble (GLAM) which released a CD on the White Pine Record Label. This disc, The Latin Dance Project, consists of newly composed and arranged music for two flutes, guitar, and percussion. She is also a co-founding member of the Durant Street Wind Quintet and Extreme Duality (flute and double bass), an ensemble that has premiered new compositions specifically written for this dynamic duo pairing.

In addition to chamber music performance, Dr. Miller is also a distinguished orchestral musician. She currently plays second flute with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and is an active freelance performer with other Michigan orchestras.

In the summers, Dr. Miller has performed for the Mackinac Island Community Foundation Summer Concert Series for which she was Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director. She has also taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Camp. In 2014, She created, developed, and directed an innovative project called Telephone: An Artistic Response Chain on Mackinac Island, featuring the works of Mackinac Artists.

Dr. Miller is currently Adjunct Flute Instructor at Albion and Olivet Colleges and Visiting Professor of Music at Alma College and maintains an active private studio at the Michigan State University Community Music School where she enjoys teaching all ages and all levels. In addition to her teaching, she is a new music and CD reviewer for The Flutist Quarterly.

Wishing to expand her abilities as a therapeutic musician, Dr. Miller recently became a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) through the Music for Healing and Transition Program. She currently provides live, prescribed music at the bedside of the ill and dying at McLaren Greater Lansing.


Visiting Assistant Professor: Flute



Educational Background

  • Certified Music Practitioner for the Music for Healing and Transition Program (2014)
  • D.M.A. Music Performance, Michigan State University (2004)
  • M.M. Music Performance, Michigan State University (2001)
  • B.M. Music Performance, Michigan State University (1999)

I am...

enthusiastic about the process of enhancing musicianship and flute playing skills.


Visiting Instructor

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

Flute Performance

Recent publications:

New Music.CD Reviewer with the National Flute Association’s publication The Flusust Quarterly:

Other recent accomplishments:

Artistic Director of Telephone: An Artistic Response Chain


Connect with me:


  • Alma College Flute Ensemble

Studio lessons: