Todd Randall Miller
Todd Miller is in his 22nd season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Kingwood Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. In that time the choir has grown from a roster of forty to over ninety singers and has performed a wide variety of music, from choral-orchestral masterworks to opera choruses to American music from varying eras. Recent performances have included the Mozart Requiem and the monumental Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem, and the 2016 season concluded with a concert called 100 years of Broadway.
Dr. Miller led the Kingwood Chorale in a tour of Eastern Canada in 2015, where they sang North American Music (English and French) in historic cathedrals to enthusiastic audiences. He also led a choir tour of Europe in 2012, performing an all-American program in northern England and Scotland. Miller’s other conducting highlights include Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore in Carnegie Hall (MidAmerica Productions) with the Kingwood Area Grand Chorus and multiple mass choir performances of Carmina Burana.
Also an accomplished tenor, recent performances include Messiah with the Houston Chamber Choir, the Beethoven Mass in C with the Houston Choral Society, and Mendelssohn’s St. Paul with the Houston Symphony. He also recently released a “crossover” CD entitled “Bring Him Home” with Steinway pianist/arranger Paul English.
Todd Miller holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance and conducting from the University of Houston, He also holds vocal performance degrees from the University of Louisville and the University of Arizona. He is the founding faculty member of the music department and Professor of Music at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Miller is also Music Director of First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood. www.toddmillermusic.net.
Throughout his career, Alfredo Vélez has been widely recognized for his concert, jazz ensemble and marching band’s performances. The Texas A&M-Kingsville Wind Symphony under his direction received extraordinary reviews for their performance at the 2006 Texas Music Educators Conference. He conducted the inaugural concert of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra in Dallas, Texas at the Meyerson Symphony Center. His dedication to advancing the arts is only surpassed by his strong advocacy for music education in the state of Texas.
Mr. Vélez has held positions as Director of Bands at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Assistant Director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, Interim Director of Bands at Texas Christian University and Associate Director at Sam Houston State University. Mr. Vélez taught in the Plano Independent School District for seventeen years where his concert and jazz ensembles were noted for their outstanding performances.
Alfredo Vélez holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from Angelo State University. He is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the College Band Directors National Association. He is currently serving as Past-President of Texas Bandmasters Association, the largest band director organization in the world.
Alfredo Vélez III is currently the Director of Bands at Lone Star College-Kingwood. He directs the renowned Kingwood Big Band, the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band and also conducts the LSC-Kingwood Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble. In addition to these ensemble responsibilities he supervises all aspects of the band program.