Alexander Miller is a composer and an oboist for the Grand Rapids Symphony. His orchestral showpiece "Fireworks" was performed in Carnegie Hall during the GRS's 75th anniversary season, and "Let Freedom Ring," for orchestra and narrator, has been performed by celebrity narrators such as James Earl Jones, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, and was recorded by President Clinton prior to the opening of his presidential library. Alexander grew up in Mexico, Australia and Venezuela before moving to Michigan for prep school. He studied at The Juilliard School (B.M. '90, M.M. '92) and came to Grand Rapids when the GRS hired him as assistant principal oboe. In the summer he plays with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Since 2009 Alexander has battled a rare and recurring brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma and he is grateful for the team of neurosurgeons who allowed him to keep looking forward in life. He lives in East Grand Rapids with his wife, GRS violist Mary Jane Miller.
Alexander's ArtPrize Entries
These are Alexander's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.