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Pacific Youth Choir

Founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Mia Hall Miller, PYC has in its short history established a reputation for quality that has led to continuing collaborations with Oregon’s top musical organizations, including the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pink Martini, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, Whitebird Dance, Portland Chamber Orchestra, and Trinity Choir. The choir is made up of 280 singers in 11 different choirs serving singers ages 5–19 from all over the Portland Metropolitan area.

PYC enjoys regional and national recognition. The choir performed four times in six years for the American Choral Directors Association’s regional and national conferences. In 2009, PYC was invited to work with Chanticleer for their National Youth Choral Festival in San Francisco, leading to continual opportunities to work with Matt Oltman, former artistic director of Chanticleer. The choir appears with Pink Martini and is featured on four of their recent albums, including the gold Joy to The World.

The choir’s programming embraces musical education and performance. It challenges singers with pieces that force them to work hard and expand, including a number of world premieres. More information is online: pacificyouthchoir.org.

Mia Hall Miller

With more than 25 years of choral education experience, Miller is known for her choral artistry, as well as her enthusiasm and passion for conducting young people. She has received recognition from national and international conductors for her work with youth choirs.

In addition to being the Artistic Director of Pacific Youth Choir, Miller is director for the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, conducts at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, teaches voice, and is a popular adjudicator and clinician. She currently serves on the University of Oregon School of Music Advancement Council, served on the Oregon ACDA Board, and was co-chair for the 2006 NWACDA Middle School Honor Choir.

Miller holds bachelor and master degrees in Music from the University of Oregon. She also studied in Stuttgart, Germany at the Musik Hoch Schule. While there she had the opportunity to sing professionally under many outstanding choral directors including Helmuth Rilling and Frieder Bernius. She has continued her studies through master classes with Dr. Rodney Eichenberger, and through her work with the Oregon Bach Festival.