Rachel Miller joined the Binghamton Philharmonic as Principal Harp in 2015. An award-winning harpist, Rachel is celebrated for both her dynamic qualities as a soloist, and an active orchestral harpist. She serves as Principal Harp for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. She attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2014, and was substitute principal harp for the Lancaster Festival in 2014.
Rachel was the winner of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music Harp Concerto Competition in 2014, a recipient of the American Harp Society’s Anne Adams Awards in 2010, and 3rd place winner in the American Harp Society’s National Competition Advanced Division in 2011.
In 2014, she performed Boieldieu’s Concerto for Harp with the College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players. She again appeared as soloist with the CCM Chamber Players in 2015, playing Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro.
Rachel is a vibrant member of the harp duo, Beyond Pluck, alongside Nashville harpist Paula Bressman. Beyond Pluck has established a strong YouTube following, spurred by their arrangement of The Who’s hit “Baba O’Riley,” which has received over seventy thousand views.
A dedicated educator, Rachel maintains a private teaching studio in Cincinnati, OH, and enjoys working with students of all ages. During the summers of 2009-2012, Rachel instructed and counseled harp students at the Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive, in Simsbury CT.
Rachel received her Bachelor of Music at Michigan State University, and Master of Music at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.