Miller, Aaron David

Aaron David Miller is a renowned concert organist and composer, having won numerous international awards and given concerts across the United States. Dr. Miller's performances have been heard on National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Pipe Dreams, and many television programs. His compositions have been performed by such ensembles as the Zurich Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Toledo Symphony. Dr. Miller's work was recently honored with the 2004 Hellenikon Idyllion Composition Prize offered by the Olympic Committee in Athens, Greece.

In 1996, Dr. Miller won the Top Prize in Improvisation at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in New York. In 1998, he went on to win the Bach and Improvisation Prizes at the Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition. Subsequently, he was invited to perform at the New York, Calgary, and Los Angeles Bach Festivals. His other prizes include the 1999 Helen Cohn Award for Music Research for his study of late Medieval and Renaissance keyboard music.

Dr. Miller has been commissioned to compose works for numerous organ dedications and orchestra festivals. In 1999, the Zurich Symphony premiered and recorded his Concerto for Two Organists and Orchestra, a four hand-four feet concerto featuring organists Kenneth Cowan and Justin Bischof. In 2004, Dr. Miller was commissioned to write Glass City Fanfare, a new work commemorating the 60th Anniversary of The Toledo Symphony. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Miller's new work for organ and orchestra, Sleepy Hollow, will be premiered at the National Convention of the American Guild Of Organists in Chicago. Dr. Miller's many solo organ, choral, and orchestra compositions are published through Augsburg Fortress, Paraclete Publishing, and Kjos Publishing House.

Dr. Miller began his studies in organ performance under the guidance of Carlene Neihart in Kansas City and continued in Chicago with David Schrader. At this time, he attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts, where he studied composition with Bruce Horst. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1995 from the Eastman School of Music, studying organ performance with David Craighead, Russell Saunders, David Higgs, and Michael Farris, and composition with Samuel Adler and Joseph Schwantner. Dr. Miller completed his graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, earning his Master of Music degree in 1997 and his Doctor of Musical Arts in 1999. He studied composition and organ performance with McNeil Robinson.

Dr. Miller was a member of the theory faculty at the Manhattan School of Music from 1996- 1999. He served as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago from 1999-2000. Dr. Miller is currently the Music Director at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis, MN, where he lives with his wife, Nina, and their son, Zachary.

Choral music by Aaron David Miller