Westminster Symphonic Choir
PCK Media, LLC Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir has recorded and performed with major orchestras under virtually every internationally acclaimed conductor of the past 78 years. Prepared for this performance by Joe Miller, Westminster’s director of choral activities, the ensemble is composed of all juniors and seniors and half of the graduate students at the college.
The choir presented its first major orchestral performance in Princeton in 1934 when Leopold Stokowski brought The Philadelphia Orchestra to Princeton to perform Bach’s Mass in B minor to celebrate the opening of the Westminster Choir College campus. In addition to this performance with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Mark Laycock, the ensemble’s 2013-2014 season includes a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic and Andrew Manze, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and Rouse’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert.
Recent seasons have included performances of Verdi’s Requiem and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Berg’s Wozzeck with the London Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen; Villa- Lobos’ Choros No. 10 and Estévez’ Cantata Criolla with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim.
In addition to serving as director of choral activities for Westminster Choir College, Joe Miller is conductor of the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. He is also artistic director for choral activities for the renowned Spoleto Festival and founder and conductor of the Westminster Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional- level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for two weeks each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton. Additionally, he leads the annual Westminster Choral Festival, which welcomes singers and conductors to study and perform a major choral work with orchestra.