Michael Austin Miller
The 2016 – 2017 season marks the seventh year of Michael Austin Miller’s tenure as Artistic Director of the Bainbridge Chorale.
Under his direction, the Chorale continues to attract new singers and audience members while experiencing growth in vocal skills and exploring both contemporary and classic choral repertoire. As evidence of its increasing stature in the choral community, the Chorale has been privileged to perform at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on three occasions and has had opportunities to perform at Benaroya Hall as well. Videos of their performance at St. Mark’s can be found on YouTube.
In the spring of 2014, the Chorale enjoyed collaborating with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Seattle-area soloists in a production of Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Verdi’s Requiem. It was that collaboration that set the stage for another joint venture in April, 2017. The Chorale is proud to join forces with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra to present several masterworks and the famed Carmina Burana.
Aside from being an award-winning educator, Miller has become increasingly interested in arranging and composing. He currently serves as Composer in Residence for reSound: a Northwest Chamber Ensemble, directed by Dr. Stephen Marshall-Ward. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by church, school, community, and university choirs across the country. The professional music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha published Miller’s composition Brotherhood and Duty in its 1998 Centennial Edition Sinfonian Songbook.
He currently serves on the board of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium. Other professional organizations to which he belongs include the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Phi Mu Alpha (a professional music fraternity), and the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda.