Carin Miller


College Orchestral Institute
High School Orchestral Institute

Carin Miller is principal bassoon with the Oregon Symphony, and she previously held principal bassoon positions with the Jacksonville and Shreveport Symphonies. Ms. Miller has performed regularly as guest principal bassoon with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theater, and Oregon Bach Festival. She recently performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and toured as guest principal bassoon with the Galilee Chamber Orchestra performing in Tel Aviv, Toronto, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Ms. Miller enjoys regularly collaborating with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Classical up Close, and 45th Parallel Universe.

Under the umbrella of the Oregon Symphony Sounds of Home series, she curated and performed in a chamber music program with commissions from local composers and in conjunction with the Audubon Society of Portland to raise awareness of the impact of climate change. Ms. Miller has had the immense pleasure of performing duets with jazz sensation Wycliffe Gordon as part of her residency coaching with the National Youth Orchestra of Carnegie Hall.

A native of Queens, NY, Ms. Miller holds a BM from the Juilliard School, an MM from Rice University, and an Advanced Certificate from the University of Southern California. Her teachers include Whitney Crockett, Frank Morelli, Stephen Maxym, and Benjamin Kamins. 

As an educator, she is the founder of Bassoons Without Borders, an online symposium started during the COVID pandemic with a mission to increase access, spread inspiration, and share ideas globally amongst the bassoon community. She was recently featured as the guest artist for McGill Bassoon Day in Montreal and has presented masterclasses for the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. She coaches young musicians locally through her involvement with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and Wallowa Lake Woodwind Camp, and was recently on faculty with the Sarasota Music Festival. Ms. Miller has had the great privilege of serving for a year as visiting Adjunct Associate Professor of Bassoon at Indiana University and is currently Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, Lewis and Clark College, and Reed College, as well as curating a private teaching studio from her home on a farm in Mulino, Oregon.