Mark Miller | 303-546-5282

Professor and Director, Music Program
Core Faculty


BA in Music


MFA, California Institute of the Arts
BA Music, Marylhurst College



I am featured on these award-winning recordings: 

  • Illumination" (Peter Kater) nominated for a Grammy Award (2013)
  • "Paradise Found" (Tuck and Patti) Edison Award, Best International Jazz Album of the Year (The Netherlands)
  • "Hats" (Bob Gillis) Jazz Album of the Year, Westward Magazine; Critic's Choice: Top Ten New Releases of the Year, Cadence Magazine
  • "World Without Cars" (Mark Miller and Art Lande) Critic's Choice: Top Ten New Releases of the Year, Cadence Magazine
  • "Migration" (Peter Kater and R.Carlos Nakai) New Age Album of the Year, National Association of Independent Record Distributors
  • "Rooftops" (Peter Kater) Top Five Contemporary Jazz Albums of the Year, Jazziz Magazine
  • "Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs" (Holly Hunter and Art Lande) Best Children's Album of the Year, Parents' Choice Magazine

Recent performances

Mark has toured and recorded with Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Peter Kater, R. Carlos Nakai, David Friesen, Tuck and Patti, and Bill Douglas, among others. Mark’s recordings with jazz pianist Art Lande include "The Story of Ba-Ku," "Prayers, Germs and Obsessions," "World Without Cars," and two award-winning children’s albums featuring Meg Ryan and Holly Hunter. With pianist Peter Kater, he has recorded eight albums including "Migration," "Honorable Sky," and "Illumination" (nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013), as well as sound tracks for television and Off-Broadway. 

Recent scholarly presentations

  • Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (annual conferences, University of Washington, Howard University)
  • International Society for Improvised Music (annual conferences, University of California, New School University, Northwestern University, University of Michigan)
  • Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies (guest presenter, University of Michigan)
  • Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice, (conference presentation, San Francisco State University)
  • Virginia Tech University School of Engineering and School of Music (guest presentations and workshops on contemplative practice and creativity.) 

Courses I have taught

  • Improvisation
  • Musicianship
  • Ear Training
  • Jazz History
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Performance Practicum
  • Interdisciplinary Improvisation
  • Interdisciplinary Composition
  • Contemplative Pedagogy Seminar (for faculty)
  • Contemplative Learning Seminar (for students)
  • First Year Seminar
  • Naropa Composers and Improvisers Orchestra 

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

Rather than press another book into their hands, I am more likely to encourage them to pay more attention to their own experience as the foundation of creativity, community, and peace of mind.