Todd Randall Miller has conducted the Kingwood Chorale and Chamber Orchestra since 1996. Under his baton the KC and CO has performed most of the moderate-length choral masterworks dating from the Baroque through the Twentieth Centuries for the enjoyment of the greater Northeast Houston community. In the past five years the concerts have become thematic as instrumental works are programmed with the choral works to provide perspective, and Dr. Miller converses with the audience prior to each piece. The result is an enthusiastic and more relaxed audience as classical music is de-mystified for the average person.
In 2007 he made his Carnegie Hall debut for MidAmerica Productions, leading the 160- voice Kingwood Area Grand Chorus, the New England Chamber Ensemble and soloists in Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. Dr. Miller made his professional opera conducting debut in the Opera in the Heights’ (TX) production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He also is a frequent conductor of choral workshops for church and schools.
Miller has been fortunate to have worked with several leading American composers, Floyd’s eightieth birthday in 2006 in a retrospective concert of his works, enhanced by the composer’s presence and commentary on the compositional process for each opera.
He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice and conducting from the Moores School of Music-University of Houston, where he studied under Charles Hausmann, Katherine Ciesinski, Elena Nikolaidi, and Carlisle Floyd. He also holds vocal performance degrees from the University of Arizona and the University of Louisville. He also maintains an active singing career, and recent solo performances having included the Houston Symphony, Houston Chamber Choir, and Da Camera Society.
Professor of Music at Lone Star College-Kingwood (formerly Kingwood College), Miller conducts the Chamber Singers and is the producing director and conductor of the summer opera program. He recently received one of three annual awards at Kingwood College for teaching excellence, and was twice college’s nominee for the prestigious Piper Foundation award for excellence in teaching. He also served as Director of Music at Kingwood’s Strawbridge United Methodist Church from 1994-2007.