Miller, Leta (Ellen) [Zuckerman]
- Catherine Smith
(b Burbank, CA, Sept 30, 1947). American musicologist and flutist. She studied at Stanford University (BA 1969, PhD 1978) and Hartt College of Music (MM 1971). Her dissertation, under Imogene Horsley and Albert Cohen, was on 16th-century French provincial chansons. She studied flute with Doriot Anthony Dwyer, John Wummer, Lloyd Gowen, Paul Hockstad, and Eugene Foster. She taught at Hartt College of Music (1969–72) and Foothill College (1977–9). She joined the University of California, Santa Cruz faculty in 1978, rising from part-time lecturer to department chair (1992–5) and full professor (1993). Miller combined her interest in scholarship and performance to publish writings, scholarly editions and recordings on the music of C.P.E. Bach, and later, on the composer and ethnomusicologist Lou Harrison. In addition to Harrison’s music, she performed locally and regionally in numerous concerts of rarely heard modernists. A series of articles on interactions among Harrison, Ives, Cowell, and Cage followed, collectively adding up to a major reinterpretation of the American avant garde of the 20th century. Most recently, she has embarked on a study of the music culture of San Francisco between ...