Rhendle Michael Millen received a Bachelor of Music from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), a Master of Music from the University of Alabama, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Memphis State. Since 1984, he has been on the faculty of St. Mary’s Episcopal School for Girls in Memphis, Tennessee where he conducts the instrumental ensembles and teaches Instrumental Music, Advanced Placement Music Theory, Honors Humanities I and II, and serves as Chair of the Performing Arts department.
In addition to his duties at St. Mary’s and with the Bartlett Community Concert Band, he regularly performs with the Tupelo Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and was the Director of Music at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in Memphis from 1990-2010. He has also been a guest conductor for such groups as the River City Concert Band, the Memphis State University Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and Roscoe’s Surprise Orchestra.
His honors and awards include the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools’ Hubert Smothers Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, United States Department of Education Presidential Scholars Program Distinguished Teacher award in 2006, and commendations from the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, The University of Chicago, and Stanford University for excellence in teaching. In 2009, Dr. Millen was the first male to ever be awarded the St. Mary’s Gold Cross.
A past president of the Memphis Composer’s Alliance, there have been numerous performances of his works throughout the United States at such venues as the American Society of Composer’s Regional Conference in Miami, Florida, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the Flute Festival ’87 in Nagadoches, Texas. At the University of Memphis, he was three times awarded the Johannes Smit Composition Award and twice the Naiomi Haimson Composition Prize; at the University of Alabama he received the Mu Phi Epsilon Composition Award. In 1988, Dr. Millen was named the Greater Memphis Music Teachers’ Association Composer of the Year.
His memberships include the Music Educators’ National Conference, the Tennessee Music Educators’ Association, and the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association.