Erin Brooker-Miller

An advocate for interdisciplinary music making, Erin Brooker-Miller is both a Classical and Irish harpist dedicated to expanding the knowledge and repertoire of the harp through performing works new and old. An accomplished Arts Administrator, Erin is the Executive Director of the USA International Harp Competition. 

Erin is the Principal Harpist of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with many additional orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.  She has participated in the Round Top Music Festival, Fresh Inc Festival, and Saratoga Harp Colony.

Happiest playing music with others, Erin is a founding member of the flute, harp, and percussion trio, Archaea Tree Ensemble, a member of the pop harp quartet, HarpCore4, and has performed in an Irish harp and violin duo with her brother, Brennan Brooker, since 2004. Passionate about working collaboratively with composers, in 2015, Archaea Tree Ensemble hosted a weeklong festival retreat called Troublesome Gap. The weeklong festival invited five composers from across the United States to write new works for the trio and culminated in a "standing room only" concert premiering the five new compositions.

Representing the United States, Erin has competed and won numerous awards in traditional Irish music competitions in solo harp, duo, trio, and Grúpaí Cheoil categories at regional and All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoils. She was named an Alternate for a prestigious Fulbright Grant to Ireland in 2014.

Erin received her Master’s degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and her Bachelor’s degree as a Chancellor’s Scholar from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Her principal teachers include Susann McDonald, Dr. Ann Yeung, Elizabeth Hainen, and Ayako Watanabe.  Erin lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband, percussionist Andy Miller, and divides her time between Milwaukee, Bloomington, IN and Des Moines, IA.