Matt Miller is a senior at Seneca High School in Tabernacle, NJ. He began studying music with piano lessons in the 2nd grade, then alto saxophone lessons in the 4th. Through his hard work and love for music he has become a multi-instrumentalist fluent in over 10 instruments. In his first year eligible to try out, he made the All South Jersey Band and the All South Jersey Jazz Band as 1st baritone and 1st tenor saxophones respectively. Over the next five years, he also placed on saxophones, clarinets, and flute for the NJ All State Jazz Band, All South Jersey Jazz Band, NJ All State Band, All South Jersey Chamber Ensemble, and the Philly Pops High School All Star Band. Matt plays multiple instruments participating in his high school’s jazz ensemble, marching band, string orchestra, wind ensemble, and pit orchestra. Matt received the Judge’s Choice Award for improvisation on the baritone sax from Berklee College of Music in Boston, 2nd place etude performance at the Wagman Saxophone Competition at the University of the Arts, School of Music in Philadelphia, and has received multiple awards at school sponsored local and national jazz festivals. In the fall of 2021, Matt will continue to pursue his music career in performance and work towards a music education degree at the University of Arts School of Music.

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.