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Douglas Miller
Dr. Douglas Miller served as Director of Orchestral Studies at Penn State from 1969-1982, and then as Director of Choral Studies in the School of Music until his retirement in 2001. For twenty years he conducted the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, taught conducting and choral literature, oversaw the graduate program in choral conducting, and coordinated the choral program of eight choirs and over 400 singers. He has also conducted the Penn State Philharmonic and Musica da Camera Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Miller received two degrees from Drake University in Music Education and Composition, and his Doctorate in choral conducting at Indiana University (Bloomington) where his major professor was Julius Herford. He taught in Indiana and Maine before coming to Penn State in 1969. During his forty-year conducting career, Douglas Miller conducted over one thousand concerts and a repertoire of over two thousand choral and/or orchestral works, featuring most of the major choral/orchestral repertoire. Dr. Miller's choirs (Musica da Camera Chamber Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Chorale, and the Penn State Concert Choir and orchestras) have performed extensively within Pennsylvania, in the Eastern United States and Canada, and in nineteen foreign countries including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and in sixteen different European countries. International venues included as Thomaskirche in Leipzig; Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Stephansdom in Vienna, the Cathedrals of Milan, Strasbourg, Sydney, and Toronto, and dozens of other significant historic venues. In addition to his work at Penn State, Miller served for twenty-eight years as Music Director of the 160-voice State College Choral Society, and was the Founder/Director of the Society's Madrigal Singers. He was also the founder and Music Director of the Pennsylvania Chamber Chorale (a twenty-voice professional ensemble) and of the Pennsylvania Chorale, an international touring ensemble. Among his publications is an award-winning book on the works of the seventeenth-century German composer Heinrich Schutz. He is currently writing comprehensive books on choral literature. Dr. Miller served as President of Pennsylvania ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) from 1993-1995 and 1996-1997, and as President of ACDA's Eastern Division, representing twelve northeastern states, from 2000-2002.