Biography

Fifteen-year-old Brooklyn composer Jordan Millar studies piano and began composing at age nine in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program. At 10, her piece The Rhythm of Life was performed at a Very Young Composers Showcase immediately before a Young People’s Concert (YPC) with composer John Adams. Her Boogie Down Uptown was performed at a YPC and during the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park, and was featured in The New York Times.

In 2019 she received the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation’s Morton Gould Young Composers Award. She then worked with New World Symphony to debut The Abandoned Castle for string quartet. In 2020, she wrote an arrangement of We Shall Overcome for the Philharmonic’s virtual Music as a Change Agent concert.

As a 2020–21 Luna Composition Lab Fellow, she composed Masquerade, which was performed by Face the Music and recorded by International Contemporary Ensemble. Her work will also be featured at Luna Lab’s 2022 Solar Flare Concert. Her other works include Scurry for And Play Duo, Constellations for Chromic Duo, Misterioso for The Mivos Quartet, The Hunt for the Argus Quartet, and The Hummingbird for the Intersection Music LISTEN project, debuting in spring 2022. Millar is also part of New York Youth Symphony’s composition and musical theater composition programs, and was chosen for the McDuffie Center for Strings’ inaugural New Music Initiative for Black Voices.

At the 2018 TED-Ed Youth Conference, Millar gave a TED Talk on the art of composing. She co-hosted the workshop “Youth as Creator” for Lincoln Center’s Activate program. She has also been a reporter for Time for Kids and KIDS FIRST! Media.

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