from egg to bird
Serena Miller started playing guitar at age 10, taking casual lessons from her father and then pursuing more serious chops through Baltimore School of Rock.
Graham vonBriesen, Serena's cousin, began his bass guitar education at School of Rock right on Serena's heels.
With a few songs under their belt, Serena and Graham formed the Oxi-Morons with other students from St. Francis of Assisi, including Mack Watson, the Legends keyboardist. Because of their ages (9 to 11), they were a local sensation at block parties and festivals, performing an eclectic set of songs by Kings of Leon, the Runaways, the Beatles, Band of Horses, and Elvis Costello. Since then, the pair found themselves in other bands together. None were as successful as Legends of Et cetera. As part of WTMD's Baltimore Bands Block Party competition, their song "Give Up the Ghost" won them many fans. They took second prize in the competition and played a one-hour Live Lunch on WTMD radio. They were the youngest band ever to perform in the WTMD studio. Last November, Legends of Et cetera released their first album, a 14-song record entitled Coyote.
Serena studied saxophone and music theory at Baltimore School for the Arts, graduating this year. She now attends Peabody Conservatory, where she majors in composition. She intends to pursue a career in film scoring, a field with far too few contributions from women.
At Towson High, Graham has played upright bass for the All County Orchestra and is in the jazz band with Legends of Et cetera drummer Jakob Coburn.
Over the last seven years, Serena and Graham have performed acoustically for a variety of events and venues, including the 49 West Monday Singer/Songwriter series. In the spring, the duo now known as Birdhouse will be featured in a singer/songwriter showcase at An Die Musik.