Julia Miller received her DMA in Composition from Northwestern University in 2004. She received her MM in composition and classical guitar performance from Northwestern in 1993.
Julia has participated in composition master classes with Franco Donatoni, George Crumb, Pauline Oliveros, Bernard Rands, and Sydney Hodkinson. She has studied composition with composers including Amnon Wolman, Gerhard Stäbler, Alan Stout, Jay Alan Yim, John Anthony Lennon, Steve Syverud, Michael Pisaro and George Flynn. She has participated in guitar master classes with Oscar Ghiglia and Robert Guthrie, and studied the classical guitar with Mark Maxwell and Anne Waller.
As well as being the recipient of nine commissions, including five orchestral works, Julia has received many grants and honors including those from the Chicago Tribune Foundation, the New York Art Ensemble, the United Arts Council, and Meet the Composer. Julia was chosen as a finalist in the Gaudeamus Music Week Composition Competition 1999 for her acousmatic work, bluu, and also presented that same work at the IRCAM Forum in Paris.
Julia is a curator, along with founder George Flynn and composer Frank Abbinanti, of the prestigious New Music at the Green Mill concert series. She is also a member of the Chicago Composers Consortium (C3), on the Board of New Music Chicago, and was instrumental in the technical organization of the Chicago Composer's Forum's production of John Cage's Musicircus at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2004.
Julia is currently on the faculty of the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute, in the School of Music at DePaul University, and as a private instructor at The Music Institute of Chicago,. Additionally, she is a partner in Huron Studios with visualist Eric Gelehrter, and is a member of the VJ collective Merkaba.