Dr. Jo Ann Millera picture of Dr. Jo Ann Miller

University Distinguished Professor

Director of Choral Activities

E-Mail: Jo.Miller@ndsu.edu
Office: 221 Music Education Building
Phone: (701) 231-7822


  • D.M.A., Univ. of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
  • M.Ed., University of North Dakota
  • B.S., North Dakota State University

Since 1989, Jo Ann Miller has been director of choral activities at North Dakota State University where she conducts the Concert Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and choral literature.

Her involvement in the American Choral Director’s Association includes North Dakota state president, newsletter editor, repertoire and standards chair for the university level, audition chair for the 2006 North Central convention, program chair for the 2008 North Central convention and search committee member for the national executive director. She served as North Central division president from 2006 through 2008 and was the national treasurer and member of the Executive Board from 2009 to 2017.

As director of choral activities at NDSU, her choirs tour regularly overseas and throughout the United States. The Concert Choir has been invited to perform at national, regional and state music conventions, including the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 North Central American Choral Directors Association conventions and the 2001 national ACDA convention in San Antonio, Texas. In 2012, the Concert Choir won the gold medal in the International Choral Competition held in Zadar, Croatia. In 2018, the choir will tour in Germany and Denmark.

Dr. Miller is the artistic director of the NDSU Baroque Festival and the chorus master of the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. She was named a University Distinguished Professor in 2009, the highest honor awarded to faculty at NDSU, and in 2013 was awarded the Faculty Lectureship. She earned her degrees from NDSU, the University of North Dakota, and the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Miller videos

Dr. Jo Ann Miller, NDSU Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor Dr. Jo Ann Miller explains how she engages with students and does research in the field of music to better her teaching.

The Conductor’s Art

Dr. Jo Ann Miller, with the assistance of the NDSU Concert Choir, demonstrates how the artistry of a conductor is the ultimate collaborative experience.

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