James A. Carpenter Monteverdi ChoraleA native of Massillon, Ohio, Dr. Shawn Cody Miller is excited to serve as the new Artistic Director of the Monteverdi Chorale. Recently appointed the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, he will conduct the Concert Choir, Choral Union, and Campus Choir, and teach courses in conducting and secondary choral methods. Most recently he was Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University South Bend where he led both the choral and music education areas. Prior to his university work, Dr. Miller led choirs in K-12 schools, churches, and community ensembles, including appointments as Assistant Conductor of the Houston Children’s Chorus under Stephen Roddy and Conductor of the Ingham Festival Chorale in – a community ensemble located outside Lansing, MI that primarily performs choral-orchestral repertoire.

Dr. Miller has been invited to present sessions at state and regional conferences on topics such as rehearsal planning, musical interpretation, and performance practice. As part of his D.M.A. degree at Michigan State, he created a modern, performing edition of Johann Albrechtsberger’s Missa Solennis pro Coronatione Francis II: di Regis Hungariæ — a work which was never published and last performed in 1807.

In addition to choirs, Dr. Miller enjoys and frequently conducts operas as well. In the role of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Vocal Arts Retreat in Chicago, Illinois (formerly held in Galena, IL), he conducts the opera and choral-orchestral works. VAR, a young artist program, is designed to train undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a career in singing. As a graduate assistant, he served as Assistant Conductor for Hansel and Gretel at Michigan State University and chorus master for Baylor Opera Theatre’s production of Die Fledermaus.

Dr. Miller received his B.M. in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College, his M.M. in Conducting from Baylor University, and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University.