Tania Miller, conductor
Canadian Conductor Tania Miller has distinguished herself as a dynamic interpreter, musician and innovator. On the podium, Maestra Miller projects authority, dynamism and sheer love of the experience of making music. As one critic put it, she delivers "a calm intensity . . . expressive, colorful and full of life . . . her experience and charisma are audible". Others call her performances "technically immaculate, vivid and stirring".
Miller’s 20-21 season features debuts with the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Calgary Opera (production rescheduled for next season) and a return to the Chicago Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, London Symphonia, and future concerts with the Vermont Symphony and Elgin Symphony among others. Miller has appeared as a guest conductor in Canada, the United States and Europe with such orchestras as the Bern Symphony Orchestra, NFM Wroclåw Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestra Métropolitain de Montreal, Vancouver Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, Madison Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, New West Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and numerous others.
Maestra Miller was Music Director of Canada’s Victoria Symphony for 14 years, and gained national acclaim for her commitment to the orchestra and community during that time. She has distinguished herself as a visionary leader and innovator with a deep commitment to contemporary repertoire and composers. She has gained a national reputation as a highly effective advocate and communicator for the arts. Her writing has been featured in the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Symphony Magazine, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, and Better Humans.
Maestra Miller will conduct Calgary Opera next season, and has previously conducted numerous productions as Artistic Director of Michigan Opera Works in Ann Arbor, Michigan and as guest conductor for Opera McGill in Montréal.
Ms. Miller was recipient of the 2017 Friends of Canadian Music award from the Canadian League of Composers and Canadian Music Centre for her acclaimed commitment to contemporary music in Canada. She was recognized for her commitment to community leadership with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Royal Roads University, and with an Honorary Fellowship Diploma from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Miller has a Doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan where she studied with Kenneth Kiesler, and a Masters in conducting from the University of Michigan where she studied with H. Robert Reynolds. She worked as assistant conductor to Bruno Weil at the Carmel Bach Festival for four seasons, and as Assistant and Associate conductor of the Vancouver Symphony with Bramwell Tovey as Music Director from 2000-2004.
Hugh Kaylor Management, January 2021
Christie Reside, Principal Flute
Ron and Ardelle Cliff Chair
Christie Reside has been the Principal Flute of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2004. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Ms. Reside earned her Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University as a student of Timothy Hutchins, during which time she won the position of Second Flute with the VSO at the age of 19.
Ms. Reside is a passionate chamber musician, and has been invited to participate in several international chamber music festivals, including the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy, the Bellingham Music Festival, and the Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music. She has collaborated with artists such as Rudolf Jansen, Patrick Gallois, Jonathan Crow, and Yegor Dyachkov. She frequently performs as a soloist and has appeared as such with the symphony orchestras of Montreal, Quebec City, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria, among others.
Christie Reside is a proud member of the award-winning Standing Wave Ensemble, based in Vancouver. Standing Wave is a new music group dedicated to commissioning and performing works by Canadian and international composers, and they’re excited to have been recently chosen to be Ensemble-in-Residence at the 2020 Gaudeamus Musiekweek in the Netherlands.
Ms. Reside frequently performs as guest Principal Flute with orchestras around the world. She has previously held the position of Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony, and has also performed as Principal Flute with both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. In the fall of 2019 she joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for their tour of the Americas.
Currently, Ms. Reside is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, and is also a faculty member at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1919, the Grammy and Juno-award winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is the third largest orchestra in Canada, the largest arts organization in Western Canada, and one of the few orchestras in the world to have its own music school.
Led by Music Director Otto Tausk since 2018, the VSO performs more than 150 concerts each year, throughout Vancouver and the province of British Columbia, reaching over 270,000 people annually. On tour the VSO has performed in the United States, China, Korea and across Canada.
The orchestra presents passionate, high-quality performances of classical, popular and culturally diverse music, creating meaningful engagement with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Recent guest artists include Daniil Trifonov, Dawn Upshaw, James Ehnes, Adrianne Pieczonka, Gidon Kremer, Renée Fleming, Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Tan Dun, and more.
For the 2020-21 season the VSO has created the innovative streaming service TheConcertHall.ca, a virtual home for a virtual season, where more than forty performances will be released throughout the year.