Gala choral concert celebrates legacy of Clarence Miller

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Choir alumni, friends join concert to dedicate room in honor of choral program founder Clarence Miller

More than 100 choir alumni and friends join the Rowan Concert Choir to commemorate the career of its founder with a benefit performance on Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m. in Pfleeger Concert Hall at Rowan University.

The Clarence W. Miller Choral Room Dedication & Scholarship Concert celebrates the late professor’s service to Glassboro State College/Rowan University as the choir’s rehearsal room in the Department of Music is named in his honor. Proceeds from the concert support the Clarence Miller Music Scholarship.

Under the direction of Christopher B. Thomas, current and former choir members are joined by orchestral, brass, organ and piano accompaniment on selections such as Thompson’s The Road Not Taken, Williams’ O Clap your Hands, Nelson’s Fanfare for a Festival, Fetter’s In Peace and Joy and more.

Clarence Miller joined the Glassboro State College faculty in 1956 and founded the college’s Music Department and Concert Choir, in addition to teaching, conducting and chairing vocal division. He finished his tenure in 1992 after 36 years, and then joined the Gloucester County Community College faculty for five years. Miller died on July 30, 2007, at the age of 78.

Among a host of honors, including a citation from the New Jersey State Assembly for outstanding service to choral art, Miller received five GSC/Rowan Distinguished Service Awards and the New Jersey Music Educator Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Under his leadership, the choir sang for five New Jersey Governor’s inaugurations and toured throughout the country.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Admission is free for students. Call the box office at 856-256-4545 or purchase online at rowan.tix.com.

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