Mia Hall Miller, 2015 Distinguished Alumna in Music

Mia Hall Miller received both her bachelor’s degree in music (1972, emphasis in music education and violin) and master’s degree in music (1973, emphasis in voice) from the University of Oregon.
 
After her graduation, Miller studied in Stuttgart, Germany for two years under noted conductors Helmuth Rilling and Frieder Bernius.
 
Returning to Oregon after three years, Miller balanced a full life of teaching, singing, and raising a young family.
 
With more than 25 years as a choral music educator, Miller is well known for her enthusiasm and commitment to achieving excellence with young singers. Miller’s passion for conducting children and youth has grown through fifteen years at First Presbyterian Church in Portland as well as teaching in both public and private schools. 
 
In 2003 Miller founded Pacific Youth Choir (PYC), which has grown from the original 60 children to today’s 290 singers in eleven choirs. 
 
The ensembles are well recognized locally, regionally, and nationally, enjoying regular invitations to perform with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theater, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Trinity Choir, and Pink Martini. PYC has been named the Oregon Symphony’s choir of choice, with six performances this season. 
 
PYC is featured on four Pink Martini recordings, including the immensely popular “Joy to the World” album, which went “Gold” across the globe. 
 
In March of 2012 Miller was featured in The Oregonian newspaper series “Inside Obsession,” a series about artists who devote their lives to their passions.
 
Miller is a member of American Choral Directors Association, having served as state membership chair and district honor choir manager. 
 
Miller and PYC are greatly honored by invitations to perform at four conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, including at their 50th anniversary national convention.
 
In addition to PYC, Miller has guest-conducted and coached many clinics including two Oregon Music Education Association All State Choirs, two Portland All City Honor Choirs, and Pacific University’s Music In May.