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"The gold standard..." --- American Record Guide

About Westminster Choir

Setting the standard for choral excellence for 99 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 2018-2019 season includes concert tours in Beijing, China; Texas and Oklahoma;  performances at the American Choral Directors Association’s National Conference in Kansas City; concerts and broadcasts at its home in Princeton; its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA and the release of a new recording titled Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir.  Recent seasons have included performances of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize winning Anthracite Fields at the historic Roebling WireWorks as part of Westminster’s Transforming Space project, a concert tour of Spain and performances at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona.

The Westminster Choir has been hailed by audiences and critics for its creative programing and ability to deeply engage listeners. Its performance of John Adams’ El Niño, conducted by Joe Miller, at the 2014 Spoleto Festival USA was praised by The New York Times as “… superb. Meticulously prepared, the chorus was remarkable for its precision, unanimity and power.”

The Westminster Choir’s has been recording choral masterworks for nine decades.  The Heart’s Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder, was described by Classics Today as “first rate” and “highly recommended.”  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 2018-2019 season includes a performance of Handel’s Messiah with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Jonathan Cohen, as well as Mozart’s Requiem with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Labadie and with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Manfred Honeck.

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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 and director of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir.