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Conductor Tania Miller hosts This Is My Music

Cathy Irving

Siince 2003, Tania Miller has been Music Director of the Victoria Symphony. She's also the first Canadian woman to be appointed to a major Canadian orchestra in that role.

Miller is particularly interested in taking classical music to the community. Every August, people set up thier lawn chairs along Victoria's Inner Harbour to hear the orchestra perform from a barge on the water. Since British Columbia is home to a long-established Asian community, Miller also includes Asian music and musicians in her programs. She's also created a music festival inspired by the art of Emily Carr and she encourages new music through the orchestra's Composer In Residence position.

Miller grew up in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, playing piano and organ. When she was 12, Miller became the organist in her church. She attended the University of Michigan on a conducting scholarship. While there in Ann Arbor, Miller co-founded Michigan Opera Works and began presenting Baroque and classical operas. Miller's interest in Baroque music led her to become Assistant Conductor at the Carmel Bach Festival, where Bruno Weil became her mentor. 

Miller eventually returned to Canada and became Associate Conductor to Bramwell Tovey at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra before later accepting her current position with the Victoria Symphony.

On this episode of This Is My Music, Miller shares her favourite selections and the stories behind her choices.

This Is My Music is heard on Saturdays on Radio 2 at 10:00 am ET.

Conductor Tania Miller hosts This Is My Music

Tania Miller shares her favourite music on This Is My Music.