Owner & Director
Piano & Clarinet Instructor
Alana Miles has played in venues such as Disney Hall with her woodwind quintet, the Sound of Five, and in orchestras as far away as Graz, Austria. Her wide-ranging repertoire consists of classical, contemporary, and pop music.
Alana began piano lessons at the age of six after her grandmother noticed her natural affinity with a toy keyboard. She grew up attending live concerts with her father, listening to classical music records in the living room, and has fond memories of watching the Nutcracker ballet every Christmas. She knew from a young age that she wanted to make music her life.
She has always been drawn to teaching, and began giving swim lessons at the age of 15, and clarinet lessons at the age of 18.
Ms. Miles is an advocate of music education and outreach. She currently serves as the Clarinet Masterclass Instructor and Chamber Music Coach at the Orange County School of the Arts. In 2012, she and other members of the Sound of Five were winners of the Thornton School of Music’s Outreach Competition and recipients of the Gluck Fellowship. As a result, they performed in numerous venues around Los Angeles, reaching hundreds of people with engaging programs.
In 2013, Alana performed with the American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra in Austria, and in 2012 was awarded a full-scholarship to participate in the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. She has also been a part of the Crusell Masterclass in Finland and the Round Top International Festival in Texas. In 2011, Ms. Miles traveled through regions of Norway performing with the Norges Forsvarets Musikkorps Vestlandet, and has been a finalist in the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
Ms. Miles is also the clarinet instructor at the Los Angeles Full Gospel Church, has taught with the Young Musicians Foundations and YOLA at LACHSA. As a supporter of new music, she has commissioned works from composers in an effort to expand the clarinet repertoire, and played bass clarinet with USC Thornton’s Contemporary Music Ensemble and with the Colburn Contemporary Players.
Alana’s degrees are from the University of Southern California, California State University – Fullerton, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Michele Zukovsky, David Howard, and Hakan Rosengren.
Alana enjoys running, and spends most of her time with her three children, ages 5, 3, and 9 months.