Faces: Monica Miller

Tuesday, February 8, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:53 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

A saxophone wails in a nearby room, immediately followed by the pounding of a piano. Monica Miller — sitting in a cubicle cluttered with papers, folders, envelopes and her Beta fish, Alastair — doesn’t look up at the noise.

“The first hour of the day I sit in silence because it’s my only hour of quiet,” Miller said. “Sometimes, I don’t even get that hour.”

Miller, 25, is MU’s administrative assistant to the director of bands. Her job consists of a variety of duties, including managing the band office, helping to recruit musicians, marketing, handling logistics for Marching Mizzou and organizing a two-week summer band camp for junior high and high school students. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in public administration, with an emphasis on nonprofit management.

“I love my job, and I love what I do,” Miller said.

Miller, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree in arts management from Culver-Stockton College, has been at MU for 14 months. A native of Missouri, she spent time in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Colorado during her college years at various performing arts jobs and internships.

Although Miller no longer has time to contribute to the university bands on her flute or the piano, she said she loves working in her area of passion.

“I get to see the arts perpetuate,” Miller said. “I mean, we’re educating the next band directors, music educators, people who are going to go on and make careers out of being a musician. This is the reason the arts will continue. Being around creative people and working at an organization where I fully and completely support what they’re doing and believe in what they’re creating is amazing to me.

“It’s not just a job for me,” she said.

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