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, Director of the Challey School of Music, 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 and performing musician in Chicago.

Miller is active in music’s national accrediting organization, the National Association of Schools of Music. He has been chair of Region 3 and has served two elected terms as an elected member of the Commission on Accreditation, and continues to be a visiting accreditation team chair. He has given invited presentations at many of the past 24 NASM national conferences. Miller has been a member of the Task Force on Leadership for the College Music Society and is currently treasurer of the CMS Fund. He 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.

Miller’s academic specialties include analysis of early music, counterpoint, and pedagogical technology. His dissertation was a computer-assisted analysis of Palestrina’s melodic style, and his published work includes the co-authorship of computer-assisted instruction materials for works from W.W. Norton & Co. and McGraw-Hill, 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.

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