[The School of Theology, Sewanee] Sewanee: The University of the South’s School of Theology is pleased to announce that Mr. Kenneth Miller has agreed to join the faculty of the School as instructor in Church music, beginning July 1, 2016. Miller was chosen from a large and distinguished group of candidates for the position.
Asked to comment on this recent addition to the faculty, the Rev. Canon James Turrell, the School’s associate dean for academic affairs, said, “I am delighted that Ken is joining the faculty. His academic training, practical experience as a parish musician, and musical talent will help build our church music program and will benefit the clergy we train and the congregations they will serve.”
Miller is presently the associate organist and choirmaster of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, S.C., where he is involved in all aspects of that parish’s distinguished music program. He is a doctoral candidate in the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music as an organ student of Martin Jean and Thomas Murray and holds degrees from Yale and Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he studied with Florence Jowers.
He is the winner of the American Guild of Organists/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists in New England (2011), the Jacqueline Englert-Marchal Prize for Interpretation of French Music from the jury in Biarritz, France (2011), and the Schoenstein Competition in the Art of Organ Accompaniment (2012). At Yale, he received the Charles Ives Prize for his musicianship and the Aidan Kavanagh Prize for his academic research, which deals with the development of open score notation in 17th-century Germany.
Additionally, he was active as a choral accompanist and continuo player, playing organ and harpsichord for the Yale Schola Cantorum and other choirs under the batons of David Hill, Simon Carrington, Christopher Robinson, and Helmuth Rilling. Before moving to Columbia, he served as the Yale Institute of Sacred Music intern at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Ga.
Miller’s work will build upon the strong foundation Susan Rupert, retiring instructor in music, and a generation of organ scholars and assistants have built over the years. The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of the School of Theology, expressed his gratitude to them for creating a strong program upon which the School can continue to prosper under Miller’s leadership.