Guest Artist Bio
Pacific Youth Choir
Based in Portland, Oregon, Pacific Youth Choir is one of the finest youth choral programs in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2003 by artistic director Mia Hall Miller, PYC has performed with Oregon's top musical organizations, including the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Oregon Ballet Theater, Whitebird Dance, Portland Chamber Orchestra and Aurora Chorus. PYC is a community of eight choirs of 240 singers age 5 through 19.
The PYC has also enjoyed regional and national recognition. The choir performed at the American Choral Director Association's regional conference in Vancouver, B.C., and was the only choir from Oregon invited to perform at the 50th anniversary national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Oklahoma City. In 2009, the choir was invited to work with Chanticleer for their first National Youth Choral Festival in San Francisco. That festival led to additional opportunities in 2010 to work with Vance George, former director of San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and Matt Oltman, artistic director of Chanticleer. The choir has appeared numerous times with Pink Martini and recorded on their albums Splendor In The Grass, Joy To The World and 1969, the band's soon-to-be released collaboration with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki.
The choir's programming embraces musical education and performance. It programs challenging pieces that force students 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.