Native Californian Catherine Miller is active as a pianist and vocal coach, having served as a long time music staff member of both Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific. This season, she returns as principal pianist/coach for Opera Santa Barbara’s productions of Don Giovanni and L’Elisir D’Amore and is a pianist/coach for the vocal and opera departments at the University of California Herb Alpert School of Music, Los Angeles. A frequent pianist for the opera performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, she has worked with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel on productions of Aida, Rigoletto and Turandot. Active as a recital accompanist, she has played for soprano Angel Blue at Wigmore Hall in London, England as part of the Rosenblatt Recital Series, with American tenor Nathan Granner on the Community Concert Series in El Dorado, California, with soprano Anush Avetisyan at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and with baritone Quinn Kelsey The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Other venues where she has performed include in La Chiesa Santa Margherita in Vernazza, Italy, and for the Concert Series of both Opera Santa Barbara and Opera San Luis Obispo. Internationally, she has been a music staff member at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, the Lucca Opera Theater and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. She has worked with the Santa Fe Opera, the San Diego Opera Ensemble, and is a graduate of the Merola Opera program of the San Francisco Opera.
In addition to her work as an operatic vocal coach and piano teacher, Ms. Miller is the Artistic Consultant for the Pasadena Opera Guild, and has served as accompanist for the National Children’s Choir. Active as a vocal competition accompanist, Ms. Miller is the official accompanist for the Loren Zachary Vocal Competition. She has also served as the long time accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera Competition for the Los Angeles District and has played for the West Coast Auditions and Dalis Vocal Competition, the Classical Singer Convention, the Jose Iturbi International Competition and the Operalia World Voice Competition.
A graduate of the University of Southern California and the Juilliard School, she was also a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.