|Aaron David Miller
|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,
Aaron David Miller is represented by Penny Lorenz Artist Management at www.organists.net.