Directors

Eleni Miller is in her fourth year of teaching and serves as the Director of Bands and Director of Orchestra at John Overton High School. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, holding a Bachelor of Musical Arts and Master of Education. While at Vanderbilt, Ms. Miller studied French horn with Principal Horn of the Nashville Symphony, Leslie Norton, and was coached by Gilbert Long, Allan Cox, Jared Hauser and Jeremy Wilson. She toured with the Vanderbilt Orchestra and her woodwind quintet, allowing her to study with members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Lyon Opera House Orchestra. She was also a member of the Spirit of Gold Marching Band, Blair Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Nashville Collegiate Brass Quintet, and Tau Beta Sigma music service sorority. While getting her master’s, she served as the graduate assistant for the Vanderbilt Marching Band. This will be Ms. Miller’s fourth year teaching in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Since beginning her career as an educator she has shared in many successes with her students, including superior performances for both band and orchestra at concert performance assessment. Ms. Miller has also been named a CMA Music Teacher of Excellence. She is an active member of MTSBOA, TBA, TMEA, and NAfME. Ms. Miller is a Nashville native, as well as an alumna of John Overton High School. She finds joy in culminating the love and joy of music in her students, and hopes to provide many meaningful musical opportunities that will create life long lovers and advocators of music. 

Contact Ms. Miller: eleni.miller@mnps.org



Nathan Barna is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, receiving his Bachelor of Music while studying trumpet under James Ackley and Allen Vizzutti. He is currently in his first year as the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Jazz at John Overton High School in Nashville, TN. Prior to moving to Nashville, Nathan was the Director of Bands at Blythewood Middle School in Blythewood, SC. In his one year there, he received straight superior ratings at Concert Performance Assessment with his concert program and created a jazz program. He also acted as the assistant band director at Blythewood High School where he had spent two years prior on staff with the marching band. While working with the Blythewood High School marching band, the band participated in the 2016 BOA Super Regional in Indianapolis and received a placement of 2nd at the SCBDA 4A State Championships, the band’s highest placement. Nathan is an avid runner and has run multiple marathons including The Great Wall of China Marathon in Beijing in 2015. Nathan has also been on staff with the Music City Drum Corps for 6 years.

Contact Mr. Barna: nathan.barna@mnps.org