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Scott MillerScott David Miller, DMA

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.3382
Fax: 509.777.3739
Office Location: Music Building 208


D.M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.M. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S.Ed. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Vocal performance; foreign-language diction for singers; vocal pedagogy; vocal literature; opera workshop

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Tenor Scott David Miller is professor of music and director of voice studies at Whitworth University in Spokane. A versatile singing actor, he is equally at home in the fields of opera, oratorio, musical theatre and recital. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Miller continues to perform professionally, most recently with Whitworth colleague and Professor Brent Edstrom and violinist Tana Bachman-Bland premiering a new work by Edstrom based upon American novelist Willa Cather’s My Antonia for tenor, piano and violin entitled Prairie Songs: Remembering Antonia. In addition to performances of the piece nationwide, the trio was featured at the International Conference of Women Writer’s Conference in Bordeaux, France in 2017. The piece is being orchestrated by Edstrom for a premiere performance with Miller and Edstrom as soloists by the Lincoln (Nebraska) Symphony Orchestra in May of 2019.

A champion of new works for voice, Miller has premiered Christopher Stanichar’s setting of The Raven for tenor and piano, the song cycle Garland, commissioned by Dr. Miller from American composer Mark Adamo (composer of the operas Little Women, and Lysistrata, and former resident composer for the New York City Opera), and Three Sandburg Songs by University of Nebraska-Lincoln composer Randall Snyder.

Dr. Miller has performed numerous operatic, oratorio and musical theatre roles nationwide. Performances of special significance include American composer Carlisle Floyd’s opera Cold Sassy Tree, and the World Premiere of American composer Libby Larsen’s Eric Hermannson’s Soul for which he received critical praise in the Wall Street Journal. Recent oratorio performances include Mozart’s Requiem Mass, his Grand Mass in C Major, Cantata 23 by J.S. Bach, Honneger’s King David, Beethoven’s Mass in C and numerous performances of Messiah. He has shared the stage as a soloist with world class artists such as Sylvia McNair, Timothy Noble, Richard Stillwell, Katherine Ciesinski, Jane Eaglen, and pianist Anton Nell, and has been heard as tenor soloist with the Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, the Long Beach Bach Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Nebraska Choral Arts Society, Lyric Opera of Dallas, Concert Chorale of Houston, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, and the United States Naval Academy Chorus, among others.

Notable scholarly presentations by Dr. Miller include a recital presentation of the song cycle Garland for the 50th National Convention Program of the College Music Society in Salt Lake City, Utah, the premiere of Songs for Soulmates by Christopher Stanichar for the International Double Reed Society Conference in 2008, and a 90 minute workshop presentation for the Hawaii International Conference on Education in January of 2009, which he repeated in July of 2010 at the Paris International Conference on Education.

Miller earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a Regents Fellow, a graduate teaching assistant in voice and diction, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Societies. He was awarded the Gustav L. Cobb graduate fellowship as well as the Warren F. and Edith R. Day dissertation travel award for his collaboration with Mark Adamo.

At Whitworth, Dr. Miller teaches private lessons, Diction for Singers, Song Literature, Voice Performance Lab, Vocal Pedagogy and Opera Workshop. Each summer, he teaches at the Julian Patrick Vocal Intensive for high school and undergraduate students in Wenatchee, Wash. Dr. Miller is a frequent adjudicator, clinician and master class presenter, and served on the national board of directors for the National Association of Teachers of Singing for two terms, representing the Intermountain Region as governor.