Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. It has recorded and performed with major orchestras under many internationally acclaimed conductors over the past 85 years, and the choir has sung more than 500 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone.
In addition to performances with the New York Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem (conducted by Manfred Honeck), the ensemble’s 2018–19 season includes Handel’s Messiah with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Mozart’s Requiem with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Bernard Labadie; and an evening of opera choruses with the Westminster Festival Orchestra conducted by Joe Miller.
Recent seasons have included Bernstein’s MASS with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, also recorded and released on the Deutsche Grammophon label; Villa-Lobos’s Choros No. 10 with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel; and Christopher Rouse’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic and then Music Director Alan Gilbert.
Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, which has campuses in Princeton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students for careers in teaching, sacred music, and performance.
Joe Miller is conductor of two of America’s most renowned choral ensembles — the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir — and is director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Dr. Miller is also artistic director for choral activities for the Spoleto Festival USA and director of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir.
His 2018–19 season with the Westminster Choir includes concert tours in China, Texas, and Oklahoma; performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton; an annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA; and the release of a new recording titled Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir. As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, earning him critical praise.
Dr. Miller is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Summer Choral Festival, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for one week each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton.