Dr. John Miller

Director, Division of Performing Arts

Email: EJ.Miller@ndsu.edu
Office: 115 Reineke Performing Arts Center
Phone: (701) 231-7932


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University (music theory)
  • M.M., Northwestern University (music theory)
  • B.A., Northwestern University

John Miller is the Director of the Division of Performing Arts and Professor of Music Theory. Before coming to North Dakota State University in 1998, his career included faculty and administrative appointments in Music Theory and Music Technology at the University of North Dakota and Northwestern, DePaul, and Eastern Illinois Universities, as well as experience as a commercial composer/arranger in Chicago.

Dr. Miller is active in music’s national accrediting organization, the National Association of Schools of Music, as regional chair, visiting accreditation evaluator, and has served two terms as an elected member of the Commission on Accreditation. He has given invited presentations at each of the past ten NASM national conferences. Dr. Miller has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Fargo Moorhead Opera.

His academic specialties include analysis of early music, counterpoint, and pedagogical technology. His published work includes the co-authorship of computer assisted instruction materials for works from W.W. Norton & Co. and McGraw-Hill, MAPLE (a music computer programming language), the music editorship of Miriam Makeba’s The World of African Song and the co-authorship of Folk Guitar, both from Quadrangle Books/the New York Times. Dr. Miller is the program annotator and provides pre-concert lectures for the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra.

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