"The gold standard..."
--American Record Guide
Joe Miller, conductor
Setting the standard for choral excellence for 96 years, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts. It has been the chorus-in-residence for the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus.
The ensemble’s 2016-2017 season includes a concert tour of the southern United States, performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton, its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA, and performances at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain. Its performance of John Adams’ El Niño, conducted by Joe Miller, at the Spoleto Festival was praised by The New York Times as “… superb. Meticulously prepared, the chorus was remarkable for its precision, unanimity and power.”
The Westminster Choir has made three recordings with Joe Miller. The most recent, The Heart’s Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder, was described by Classics Today as “first rate” and “highly recommended.” Their recording Noël, a collection of French Christmas music and sacred works, also features Westminster alumna Jennifer Larmore, the most recorded mezzo-soprano of our era, and organist Ken Cowan. It was the centerpiece of the PRI Radio broadcast Noël – A Christmas from Paris, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin.
The choir’s debut recording with Maestro Miller, Flower of Beauty, received four stars from Choir & Organ magazine and earned critical praise from American Record Guide, which described the Westminster Choir as “the gold standard for academic choirs in America.”
Praised by The New York Times for its “full-bodied, incisive singing,” the Westminster Choir also forms the core of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which has performed and recorded with the leading conductors and orchestras of our time. The Symphonic Choir's 2016–17 season includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic; Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Britten’s War Requiem with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit and Rachmaninoff's Vespers, conducted by Joe Miller, as part of the New York Philharmonic's Tchaikovsky and His World Festival.
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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, Dr. Miller is artistic director for choral activities for the renowned Spoleto Festival USA.