Caroline Louise Miller (they/them) is a US composer based in Portland, Oregon. Their work broadly explores affect, ecology, labor politics, tactility, and digital materiality, often addressing contemporary issues within dreamlike musical spaces that thread field recordings, shimmering textures, and romantic melodic lines through harsh noise and clattering dissonances. They have most recently received grants, fellowships, and commissions through Alarm Will Sound, SPLICE Ensemble with funding from Chamber Music America, Guerilla Opera, Transient Canvas, and Ensemble Adapter. In 2018 they won the ISB/David Walter Composition Competition for Hydra Nightingale, created with improvisor and bassist Kyle Motl. Recent projects include Superlunary, a collection of acousmatic soundscapes for improvisation, with George Colligan; and Here-There, a multimedia installation with Alarm Will Sound and digital media artist Stefani Byrd that explores layered histories of labor at abandoned and active California railroad sites. C.L.M.'s music appears across the U.S. and internationally. Caroline is Assistant Professor of Music in Sonic Arts at Portland State University, and holds a Ph.D in Music from UC San Diego.




Fortifying Echoes

Here-There, multimedia installation, with Alarm Will Sound and collaborator Stefani Byrd.

Fortifying Echoes for trombone and live electronics, with Li Kuang, trombone

The Front Line for jazz big band and vocalist, with PJCE




Caroline Louise Miller · Red Sprite Lightning (Fixed Media)




May 23-July 19, 2024
Here There: (Re)Collecting Labor on the American Railway
Cultural Arts Building Gallery
University of North Carolina Wilmington


May 26-June 1, 2024
Keith Kirchoff, piano
Alba Music Festival
Alba, Italy


April 17, 2024, 7pm
Keith Kirchoff, piano
Hartt University
Hartford, CT


March 14, 2024, 12pm
Fortifying Echoes
With Li Kuang, Trombone
Portland State University
Noon Concerts


February 23, 2024, 7:30pm
SEAMUS Conference
"Cinema SEAMUS", UVA
Charlottesville, Virginia


February 19, 2024, 7:30pm
The Front Line
"The Union Makes us Strong:
Amplifying Workers' voices with New Jazz"
Portland Jazz Composer's Ensemble
The Hallowed Halls
Portland, Oregon


Feb. 15, 2024, 7:30pm
Keith Kirchoff, piano
Miami University
Oxford, OH


Feb. 2, 2024, 7:30pm
Keith Kirchoff, piano
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA


Jan. 27, 2024, 7pm
Jungles III
113 Composers Collective
Studio Z
Minneapolis, MN


Jan. 19, 2024, 7:30pm
Keith Kirchoff, piano
First Parish in Brookline
Brookline, MA


Dec. 29, 2023
Lucky Skies
Sunny Chou, Euphonium
Dreamphony Hall
Xinbei City, Taiwan


Dec. 23, 2023
Lucky Skies
Sunny Chou, Euphonium
He Sen Music Hall
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan


Dec. 22, 2023
Lucky Skies
Sunny Chou, Euphonium
Multi Music
Taichung City, Taiwan


Dec. 7, 2023-Jan 20, 2024
Donner Tunnels
3 channel video w stereo sound, segment of Here There
Stove Works
Chattanooga, Tennessee


Nov. 9, 2023, 7:30pm
T.J. Borden, Cello
ASM Presents Ghost Ensemble
The Invisible Dog Art Center
Brooklyn, NY


Nov. 4, 2023, 11am
Divum Ficta
Liveset at SPLICE Festival V
Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA


Nov. 3, 2023, 2pm
"Designing 'Songwriting' as an inclusive, student-led course"
Talk @ SPLICE Festival V
Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA


Oct. 26, 2023, 3pm
Keith Kirchoff, piano
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT


Oct. 13-15, 2023
Red Sprite Lightning
live electronics with George Colligan, piano
EDME New Music Festival
Eugene, Oregon


Oct. 3, 2023
Red Sprite Lightning (fixed media)
MUSLAB International Electroacoustic Music Festival
Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo
Guayaquil, Ecuador


Sept. 19, 2023
T.J. Borden, cello
Wheaton College Conservatory of Music
Wheaton, Illinois


June 23rd, 2023, 11:15am
"Designing 'Songwriting' as an inclusive, student-led course"
Talk @ New Music Gathering
Portland State University
Portland, OR,


April 23rd, 2023, 4:00
[new piece]
Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble
Composers Cookoff | A Fundraiser for PJCE
The 1905
Portland, OR


April 11th, 2023, 7:30pm
territories, refrains
for flutes, clarinet, harp, percussion, and light
Ossia New Music, Hatch Hall
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY


April 1st, 2023, 4:00pm
UNK New Music Festival
Kearney, Nebraska


March 6, 2023, 8:00pm
Impressions of the sky from underwater
Transient Canvas
University of North Texas
Denton, TX


February 21, 2023, 7:00pm
SPLICE Ensemble
Outpost Concert Series
UC Riverside
Riverside, California


January 12, 2023, 12:00pm
With George Colligan, Piano and Melodica
Portland State University
Portland, OR


November 12, 2022, 7:30pm
Impressions of the sky from underwater
Transient Canvas
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA


October 14, 2022, 6pm
Impressions of the sky from underwater
Transient Canvas
The Dancz center for New Music @ University of Georgia
Athens, GA


September 25th, 2022
Impressions of the sky from underwater
Transient Canvas
Boston Conservatory@Berklee
Boston, MA


June 19th, 2022
Hydra Nightingale with Kyle Motl
Infrequent Seams Streamfest


May 27th, 2022
Lucky Skies premiere
by Jesse Orth, Tuba
Denton, TX


May 14th, 2022
Impressions of the Sky from Underwater
Transient Canvas@Boston Conservatory


April 23, 2022
College Music Society NW conference
Portland, OR


December 4th, 2021
The Witness and Roseville
With collaborators Lee Dunn and Stefani Byrd
part of _OpenLab
Sonic Matter Festival
Zurich Switzerland


December 1st, 2021
The Witness
with filmmaker Lee Dunn
SAMP Laptop Ensemble Concert
Portland State University


November 20th, 2021
Witnessing the West Coast
Sonic Matter Radio Feature
with Fabiano Kueva


October 16th, 2021
SPLICE Ensemble @ Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah


October 14th, 2021
Divum Ficta
Live-set @ Portland State University
Portland, Oregon


October 1st, 2021
Jungles: Remix
EEMS: Blackout Series @ UT Austin
Austin, Texas