Setting the standard for choral excellence for 94 years, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, adivision of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts. It has been the chorus in residence for the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus.
The ensemble’s 2015-2016 season includes a concert tour of the Eastern United States, performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton and its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA. Its performance of John Adams ’El Niño, conducted by Joe Miller, at the 2014 Festival was praised by The New York Times as“...Meticulously prepared, the chorus was remarkable for its precision, unanimity and power. ”The Westminster Choir has made three recordings with Joe Miller. The most recent, The Heart’s Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder, was described by Classics Today as “first rate” and “highly recommended.” Their second recording, Noël, a collection of French Christmas music and sacred works, also features Westminster alumna Jennifer Larmore, the most recorded mezzo-soprano of our era, and organist Ken Cowan. It was the center piece of the PRI Radio broadcast Noël–A Christmas from Paris, hosted by Bill Mc Glaughlin.
The choir’s debut recording with Maestro Miller, Flower of Beauty, received four stars from Choir & Organ magazine and earned critical praise from American Record Guide, which described the Westminster Choir as “the gold standard for academic choirs in America. ”Praised by The New York Times for its “full bodied, incisive singing,” the Westminster Choir also forms the core of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which has performed and recorded with the leading conductors and orchestras of our time. The Symphonic Choir’s 2015‐2016 season includes performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nezet‐Séguin, the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, the New York Philharmonic and Jane Glover, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Jacques Lacombe.
JOE MILLER, conductor
Joe Miller is conductor of two of America’s most renowned choral ensembles: the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. He is also director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. In addition to his responsibilities at Westminster, Dr. Miller is artistic director for choral activities for the renowned Spoleto Festival USA.
Dr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, earning him critical praise. The New York Times wrote about Symphonic Choir’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Cleveland Orchestra, “Joe Miller's Westminster Symphonic Choir was subtle when asked and powerful when turned loose.” Recent seasons have included performances with the Philharmoniker Berliner and Sir Simon Rattle; The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel. Dr. Miller is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for one week each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton.