We are very happy to welcome Mr. Glenn Miller as our new Music Minister beginning the weekend of July 31-August 1, 2021.
Glenn Miller comes to Our Lady Star of the Sea after being the Director of Music and Organist at the Kirk in the Hills (Bloomfield Hills, MI) since 1998. As Director of Music, he directs their professional Chancel Choir, the boys’ and girls’ choir program, plans and implements music in worship, and directs the Kirk’s concert series. This series features Kirk musicians and choirs, international guest artists, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival concerts.
A native of New Jersey, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in church music and organ at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Oklahoma. Active in the Royal School of Church Music in America, he was honored by the RSCM in England for his work with this course by being conferred the HonRSCM degree in 2018. In 2017, he was awarded an Alumni Achievement Award by his alma mater, Westminster Choir College, for his work as a church musician and as a singer.
Internationally recognized for his rare basso profundo voice, he is in considerable demand as a professional choral singer - performing, touring internationally, and making numerous recordings with leading professional choirs including Clarion (NYC), the St. Tikhon’s Chamber Choir (PA), the Yale Choral Artists, Conspirare (Austin TX), Audivi (Detroit), the Choir of St. Thomas Church (NYC), the PaTRAM Institute Chamber Choir, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. As a soloist, Glenn has also appeared with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and has been featured in operatic productions in Bonn and Prague.
In 2015, he and Conspirare were awarded the Grammy for Best Choral Performance for their recording, "The Sacred Spirit of Russia," on which he was a featured soloist. As a specialist on the basso-profundo/oktavist voice and repertoire, he authored a chapter on this subject for the book, Conducting Men’s Choirs which was published in 2020.
Our Lady Star of the Sea is honored to welcome Glenn Miller to our parish family and we ask for God’s blessings upon his transition and his ministry here. May we all be drawn into deeper prayer and encounters with the Lord through our liturgies and prayer.