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Philip Miller

Professor of Music

Biography: Dr. Philip Miller is in his 28th year of higher-ed teaching and currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Music at Northwest Nazarene University where his duties include administration, recruiting, directing the University Choir & Orchestra and teaching conducting. Previous teaching appointments include California Baptist University, Southern Nazarene University and Kansas Wesleyan University. Philip holds a Bachelor of Music Education/Piano from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Music from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting, also from the University of Oklahoma. He has maintained an active role in workshops and conferences and has studied under many great choral directors including Dennis Shrock, Anton Armstrong, Weston Noble, Donald Neuen, Alice Parker, Charlene Archibeque and Jo Micheal Scheibe. His ensembles are known for having a dynamic and uplifting presence along with a warm choral tone and have been featured at numerous state and regional festivals. They have also toured throughout the world with recent trips including Thailand, South Korea, Poland and Kenya. Along with his teaching duties, he maintains a schedule as a clinician and adjudicator. He has been the guest conductor for elementary, middle school and high school honor choirs. Being married to a theatre professional, he is also active in musical theatre at the collegiate, professional and community levels serving in the role of music director/conductor. Recent theatrical productions include Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Seussical!, Fiddler on the Roof and The Fantasticks. Outside of teaching, he has been blessed to be married to his lovely wife, Krista Jo, for 28 years. Their 4 boys keep active schedules of their own but can also often be found hanging out at rehearsals and concerts with mom and dad.

Fun Fact: I am a lifelong Denver Broncos fan.

Favorite Thing About Working at NNU: Making music with amazing students and colleagues.