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Paul Miller is a music theorist and a performer on modern and historical instruments. He coordinates the first-year music theory sequence, and teaches upper-level courses including 18th century counterpoint, classical form, chromaticism, modern musical languages, and rhythm and meter. Paul directs The Dukes Music, Duquesne’s historical instrument band, and performs regularly across the United States on historical string instruments including the violin, viola and viola d’amore.

Paul’s publications have appeared in journals such as Twentieth-Century Music, Music and Letters, Early Music, Opera Quarterly and Perspectives of New Music. He studied for several years in Germany with Karlheinz Stockhausen, a noted composer and innovator. Paul’s interest in electronic music stems from his time working alongside Stockhausen and others in Darmstadt, Germany.

Paul has frequently appeared as a soloist or principal with noted historical instrument groups such as the Washington Bach Consort, Opera Lafayette, the Bethlehem Bach Festival, the Boulder Bach Festival, and Pittsburgh’s own Chatham Baroque. His solo album, “The Undiscovered Viola d’Amore” on the Centaur Label, includes world premiere recordings of Baroque and Classical pieces for the viola d’amore.

Working alongside students and colleagues, Paul builds live sound installations and electronic interfaces for making music with plants and other biological organisms. This experimental work recently resulted in an immersive, interactive, interspecies multimedia eco-installation at Duquesne that focused attention on the impending climate crisis. Paul continues to use music and technology to advocate for a deeper understanding of each other and the world around us.


  • Ph.D., Eastman School of Music
  • M.M., Eastman School of Music
  • M.A., Eastman School of Music
  • A.B., Vassar College

Areas of Expertise

  • Music Theory
  • Historical Performance
  • Electronic Music

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On April 24, 2015, Musicologist Paul Miller discussed Karlheinz Stockhausen's landmark work "Mantra", in conjunction with a performance given at the Library of Congress by Katherine Chi and Aleksandar Madzar.

View a webcast of Paul's Library of Congress Lecture.