Aaron David Miller is noted for his highly imaginative and creative style, found in his performances, improvisations and compositions. Prize winner of several prestigious competitions, including the top prize at the AGO National Improvisation Competition, and the Bach and Improvisation prizes at the Calgary International Organ Festival Competition, he is also noted for his fine performances of repertoire spanning all periods. He has also received rave reviews when accompanying silent films. His recital performances have taken him across the country performing in concert halls, churches, and collaborating with ensembles of all sizes.
Recently he was invited to be among the performers for a special 10th anniversary performance of the Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ in Los Angeles’ Disney Hall and to accompany a silent film for the new Kaufmann Center for Arts in Kansas City. He was invited to perform for the 100th anniversary of the Spreckel’s Organ (Balboa Park, San Diego) and was commissioned to write a new piece for the occasion. He will also be a featured performer for the 2016 convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston, Texas, and has been invited to return to the Los Angeles Disney Hall for another performance in 2016.
A prolific composer, many of Dr. Miller’s compositions have won critical acclaim. Featured prominently at the AGO National Convention in Chicago in 2006 , Dr. Miller’s work for organ and orchestra, Sleepy Hollow, was premiered at the opening concert at Symphony Hall. He has received numerous commissions. His Concerto for Two Organists, which was premiered and recorded by the Zurich Symphony, is available on the Ethereal label. The Toledo Symphony commissioned a work which was performed in celebration of their 60th anniversary season. Current commissions include works for ACDA-MN, the 2016 AGO National convention in Houston, and the 100th Anniversary of the organ in Balboa Park, San Diego. Dr. Miller’s many solo organ, choral, and orchestra compositions are published by Augsburg Fortress, Oxford University Press, Paraclete Press, ECS, Morning Star and Kjos Publishing House. Aaron has recorded two CDs, the first, showcasing his performances of Bach and his improvisatory skills is available on the Dulcian label. He recently produced a new CD on his own label titled “Clamor” featuring his own compositions, along with percussive instruments and soprano, available from CD Baby. He provided organ music for the soundtrack of the ELCA Mosaic’s DVD about the life of J. S. Bach, “Glory to God Alone”.
Aaron Miller’s early organ studies were with Carlene Neihart and David Schrader. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied organ performance with David Craighead, Russell Saunders, David Higgs, and Michael Farris, and composition with Samuel Adler and Joseph Schwantner. His graduate studies were taken at the Manhattan School of Music, where he completed his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, studying composition and organ performance with McNeil Robinson.
Aaron serves as the Director of Music and Organist at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota and maintains an active recital schedule. He is a forensic musicologist for Donato Music in Scarsdale, NY.
Aaron David Miller is represented by Penny Lorenz Artist Management. www.organists.net