Mackenzie Miller recently graduated from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where she received her Bachelor in Music in Instrument Performance with minors in Psychology and Interactive Media. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society and of Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society. Her primary teacher was Trudy Kane, former principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
While an undergraduate, Mackenzie regularly performed with the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Wind Ensemble. She was selected as part of the UM flute studio to perform for the New York Flute Club in 2016 and later that year the studio was invited to perform at the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago. In 2017, she traveled with the Frost Wind Ensemble to perform at the College Band Directors National Association convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
In addition to performance, Mackenzie has a strong interest in flute pedagogy. She maintains a private flute studio and also teaches flute at Miami-Dade schools. She volunteers as a flute instructor for the New Horizons Band, a group consisting of adults who are learning musical instruments for the first time. She also enjoys performing at local assisted living facilities and hospitals along side other musicians and her students.
During the summer, Mackenzie enjoys meeting new people and learning new perspectives of flute performance and pedagogy at masterclasses and festivals. She has attended the Panoramic Flutist, Anatomy of Sound, Aria International Academy and the Consummate Flutist. During these workshops Mackenzie performed in masterclasses and private lessons for flute soloists and teachers from across the U.S., Europe and Canada. Most recently, she worked with Sir James Galway in 2017 during his residency at the University of Miami and also at the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland. She attended the festival on a scholarship generously funded by the Galways and the University of Miami. In 2018, Mackenzie performed in the concluding masterclass of Sir James' University of Miami residency, and she will return to Switzerland for the 2018 Galway Flute Festival.
Mackenzie will continue her studies at UM in the Interactive Media MFA program. This two-year program focuses on interaction design between humans and technology. Mackenzie wishes to combine this area with music performance to create an interactive musical experience for any audience.