Wayne State College

Angela Miller-Niles

Dr. Angela Miller-Niles is an associate professor of piano at Wayne State College and the Department of Music chair. She teaches applied piano lessons, class in piano, music technology and piano pedagogy. She earned her Doctor of Music degree in collaborative piano performance at the University of Colorado in Boulder, studying with Margaret McDonald and Alexandra Nguyen. She also holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Central Michigan University and Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of South Dakota.

Miller-Niles maintains an active performing schedule both as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist. Recent performances include faculty recitals at WSC, Chadron State College’s Beethoven Festival, the Great Plains New Music Festival in Vermillion, S.D., and the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest. Collaborative partnerships include Deux Femmes Pianistes with Mrs. Shelly Armstrong, their piano duo that focuses on works by women, as well as Trio Mezzklarno with Dr. Karl Kolbeck and Dr. Sarah Farr, which highlights new works by living composers.  

She is an active member of the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA), where she serves as president for the state of Nebraska, as well as the International Association for Women in Music (IAWM) where she serves as a board member. She is also involved in the College Music Society (CMS), the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), and the International Keyboard Collaborative Arts Society (IKCAS) and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

She has presented at regional and national conferences for MTNA, CMS, the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the National Conference for College Wind and Percussion Instructors.

She and her husband enjoy making music with their sons Henry and Ivan at home in Wayne.

DMA Collaborative Piano Performance, University of Colorado-Boulder
M.M. Piano Performance, Central Michigan University
B.M. Piano Performance, University of South Dakota

Academic Interests
Miller-Niles' research interests include Latin American and Spanish classical music, classical works by African-American and indigenous composers, and works by women composers.