Millers named 2005 Outstanding Music Alumni

Tue, 2012-07-31 15:08 -- univcomm

The Anderson University Department of Music has named Thomas and Sandra Miller as its 2005 Outstanding Music Alumni. The Millers will be honored during the department’s Homecoming Showcase Concert, Friday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Park Place Church of God. The concert is free and open to the public.

“All of us in the Department of Music are delighted beyond words that we have this opportunity to honor the exemplary lives and work of the Millers,” said Dr. Jeffrey Wright, dean of the College of the Arts. “It is clear that they have excelled as musicians, teachers and leaders. Their accomplishments are truly remarkable, and their commitment to music education and music performance at all age levels is evidence of their musical integrity and their desire to pass along their musical insights to a new generation of musicians. We are fortunate to claim them as our Outstanding Music Alumni for 2005.”

Sandra Haynes Miller is a graduate of Anderson University, and also holds a Master of Music Education degree. She has taught music in Kansas and Oregon, and is presently choral director and chair of the Fine and Applied Arts Departments at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Ore., where she received the Excellence in Education Award, presented by faculty and students, in 2004. In 1994, Mrs. Miller founded what is now the Oregon Children’s Choir and Youth Chorale, and has conducted throughout Europe and the U.S. as the choir’s artistic director. Mrs. Miller is active as a clinician and adjudicator, and has recently served as a workshop clinician and guest director for the David Douglas School District, Evergreen School District, and George Fox University, as well as directing the All-State Women‚s Choir in Alaska.

Thomas A. Miller is a graduate of Anderson University and holds a Master of Music Education degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, specializing in sacred music. He has served on the faculties of Eastern Kentucky University and Wichita State University and was chair of the Music Department at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. In 1985, he founded and continues to serve as artistic director of Novum Chamber Singers, an ensemble of professional singers in Portland. Dr. Miller served as president of the American Choral Directors Association in Oregon and subsequently was elected president of the Northwest Division of ACDA. He has conducted the Portland Symphonic Choir, served on two hymnal committees for the Church of God, was one of two American conductors selected for participation in the Vancouver B.C., Chamber Choir Conductors Symposium. Dr. Miller serves as an adjudicator at the local, state, and national levels and has published several compositions.

The Homecoming Concert on October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Park Place Church of God is free and open to the public. More information about Homecoming 2005 activities at Anderson University is available online at or by calling 765-641-4100.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education and theology.