My Story

My journey to Western North Carolina began after I graduated from the University of Massachusetts and traveled down South in search of old-time fiddlers and bluegrass jam sessions. I found exactly what I was looking for in the welcoming community of Asheville, NC, and have been here since 2004. My first experience with Warren Wilson College was through the Swannanoa Gathering, a week-long immersive summer music program on campus. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful scenery, working farm and garden, and unique opportunities for students. The College has supported my myriad musical interests from traditional American music to Jewish klezmer music. I perform in the band, Zoe & Cloyd, with my husband, John Cloyd Miller, who is also an instructor here at Warren Wilson.


  • B.A. in Social Justice through the Arts, University of Massachusetts
  • M.A. in Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University

Research Interests

  • The diverse roots of bluegrass fiddling
  • Instrumental klezmer music in America
  • Regional WNC old-time fiddlers and repertoire

Courses Taught

  • MUS 2320 Appalachian Music Landscapes
  • MUS 2400 Applied Fiddle/Violin
  • MUS 2965 Klezmer Ensemble

Crews and Other Activities

  • Performer and songwriter with Zoe & Cloyd
  • International Bluegrass Music Association
  • Appalachian Studies Association

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