The Empress Room at Saint Helena Parish
1489 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA

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Cally Proios Welsh
The Association of Church Musicians in Philadelphia


Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM EST
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Winter Workshop 2019
Choir on Fire: Set Your Skills Aflame

Dr. John Miller, keynote presenter

 Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:00 am — 2:30 pm

 The Empress Room at the Church of Saint Helena
1489 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell

A continental breakfast, all-day coffee service and a hot buffet lunch is included!

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 AM: Morning Prayer

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Session I

The Do's and Do More's for Effective Choral Rehearsals

- Helpful tips for directors, accompanists and singers.

Break from 10:30 to 10:45 AM

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: The Do's and Do More's Continued

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Session II

Nuts and Bolts for Choral Singers: Bringing Clarity to the Mystery

- Singing in an Ensemble

- Reading Music

- Producing a Healthy Choral Tone

- Care of the Body and the Instrument

- Accompanist Tips

John Miller

John J. Miller serves the Archdiocese of Newark as the Director of Music Ministries for the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Music Coordinator for the Office of Worship, Artistic Director of the Cathedral Concert Series, and chapter director for the Newark Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. As a frequent recitalist and clinician, John is in demand as both a performer and clinician in the areas of choral conducting and organ performance. He maintains a busy schedule of concerts and workshops as a speaker in the field of liturgical music.

As both an active choral conductor and organist, his European performances have taken him to Rome, Venice, Leipzig, Prague, Salzburg, and Vienna. Locally he has been featured as solo organist as well as a guest conductor with the New Jersey Symphony, and is the conductor of the Cathedral Symphony and Chorus. Recent engagements include conducting chorus and full orchestra in performances of Beethoven NINTH SYMPHONY, Mendelssohn ELIJAH, Verdi REQUIEM, Duruflé REQUIEM, as well as a fully staged production of Poulenc’s DIAGLOGUES OF THE CARMELITES. He is also featured as conductor on the recordings “With Songs of Jubilation” under the GIA label, and “A Christmas Carol Sing” under the Pro Organo label, and “Salve Mater” under the DMAS label.

Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor Degree of Music, cum Laude, in organ performance and sacred music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he was the first recipient of the Jean Langlais Sacred Music Award. He graduated from Westminster Choir College (Princeton) with a double Master of Music degree with distinction in organ performance and choral conducting. Additionally, he was awarded the highest honor from the American Guild of Organists with the conferring of the Fellowship Certificate. John was given the honor of “Full-time Pastoral Musician of the Year” in 2001 by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He is co-author of the publication: A Qualifications Statement and Bibliography for the Parish Musician, published by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey with his wife, Mary Clare McAlee and their son, Alex.