Michael Austin Miller, originally from Charleston, South Carolina, now resides in Snohomish, WA, a suburb of Seattle, where he has been the Director of Music at Christ the King Lutheran Church since his move to the Pacific Northwest in October 2007. He also is the Artistic Director of the Bainbridge Chorale on Bainbridge Island, WA, a short ferry ride from Seattle. He is also Composer in Residence for reSound, a Northwest Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Stephen Marshall-Ward. In 2009, he became a Professor of Music at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, where he directed the Concert Choir and taught other courses as needed. He left Trinity in 2015 when the college began closing its doors. The School officially closed in 2016.
He has held choral and instrumental teaching positions from elementary through the university level and has served as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for school, church, community and regional honor choirs. Among the roles he has held, he most enjoys working with volunteers who participate in music ensembles for the love of music and the sense of community that such ensembles provide.
Ever the student, he had the great fortune of observing S.C. All-State Choir rehearsals of noted choral conductors Anton Armstrong, Andre Thomas, Eph Ely, Diane Loomer, Jo-Michael Scheibe, and Jing Ling Tam, Z. Randall Stroope to name a few.
In November 2017, Oxford University Press published his piece, Virga Jesse Floruit in the publishers Sacred Music series. The original version of this piece was performed and recorded by reSound and is available for purchase through Itunes. It can also be viewed in thisYouTube Clip.
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Morningstar Music Publisherswill publish his piece, Hands of God, in 2018.
Michael has studied Composition with Seattle-based composer, John Muehleisen. Former teachers include Dr. Lauren Whiteman and Dr. Bruce Thompson. He has studied Choral Arranging with Dr. Robert Edgerton, and has taken lesson for Instrumental Arranging from Bob Cotter.
In 1999, he was awarded Lancaster (SC) County School Districts Great Teachers Award; an award given annually to one teacher who has less than two years of classroom experience. In 2010, he was awarded Trinity Lutheran College’s Excellence in Teaching award. This award is given by the college to one professor annually.
The professional music fraternity, Phi Music Alpha, ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), ALCM (Association of Lutheran Church Musicians), ASCAP, Chorus America, MENC (Music Educators National Convention) and the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lamba.