Professor, Conducting; Director of Choral Activities; Chair of Conducting, Organ and Sacred Music
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Joe Miller is conductor of two of America’s most renowned choral ensembles: the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. He is also director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. In addition to his responsibilities at Westminster Choir College, Dr. Miller is artistic director for choral activities for the renowned Spoleto Festival USA.
His 2013-2014 season with the Westminster Choir includes the release of their new recording The Heart’s Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder; hailed by Minnesota Public Radio’s Classical Notes as “simply astounding.” The current season also includes several national radio broadcasts; a concert tour of Oklahoma and Texas; and their annual residency at the renowned Spoleto Festival USA. At the 2014 Festival, Maestro Miller will conduct the premiere of the first staged performance of John Adams’ opera/oratorio El Niño, a concert of settings of Te Deum by Handel and Pärt, and Westminster Choir concerts titled “Legends.”
As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, earning him critical praise: “Joe Miller's Westminster Symphonic Choir was subtle when asked and powerful when turned loose,” The New York Times. Recent seasons have included performances with Sir Simon Rattle (Philharmoniker Berliner), Yannick Nézet-Séguin (The Philadelphia Orchestra) and Gustavo Dudamel (Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela).
Dr. Miller is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for one week each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton. The 2014 program will focus on Thomas Tallis' monumental Spem in alium a40 and Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir
In demand as a guest conductor and clinician, his recent residencies have included Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, Temple University and the Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus.
Reflecting on the role that choral music plays in the nation's cultural life, he said at a Chorus America conference, “Choral music in the United States has seen unprecedented growth in the past several decades. The influence of our past leaders is part of our fabric, but we must seize this time to create a new vision based on the foundation that has been laid before us. We must keep the traditions but be willing to change in order to build a vision for the future.”
Dr. Miller earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in choral conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and voice from the University of Tennessee.