Rowan Concert To Raise Scholarships Fund

by Press Release--Rowan University | Sep 21, 2008
Rowan Concert To Raise Scholarships Fund Rowan University’s Department of Music celebrates the legacy of a former faculty member with the Clarence Miller Memorial Scholarship Benefit Concert on Saturday, September 27 beginning at 8 pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall.

The event features a chorus of more than 200 voices – including the current university Concert Choir and Glassboro State College and Rowan alumni singers, the Rowan University Orchestra and more than a dozen guest conductors. The program showcases 17 different works by such composers as Copland, Faure, Dello Joio, Orff and more. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Clarence Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will offer an annual award to a Concert Choir student at Rowan.

Clarence Miller joined the Glassboro State College faculty in 1956, after a tour of duty in the US Army in Germany. He founded the university’s Concert Choir, taught voice and conducting and chaired the vocal choral division at various times. Under his direction, the choir quickly became known throughout the state, singing for three gubernatorial inaugurations and becoming known as The Governor's Choir. He finished his tenure at Rowan in 1992 after 36 years, and then joined the Gloucester County Community College faculty for five years. Miller served twice as ACDA state president and was one of four conductors chosen to assist in preparing a national 200-voice choir for the nation's Bicentennial at Interlochen Music Camp in 1976. Miller earned numerous awards including a citation from the New Jersey State Assembly for outstanding service to choral art and a Distinguished Service Award from New Jersey Music Educators Association. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he graduated from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, received his MM from Marshall University and did post-graduate work at Westminster Choir College and Columbia University. Clarence Miller died on July 30, 2007, at the age of 78.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call the box office at 856-256-4545 for reservations. Pfleeger Concert Hall is located in Wilson Hall on the campus of Rowan University, Route 322 in Glassboro. For directions and additional information, visit www.rowan.edu/fpa

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