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.
For more than four decades, Dennis Eichler has been a music educator and supporter for the arts. During his career he has taught jazz band, symphonic band and orchestra at all levels. He began his career as a music educator in Baytown, Texas. He spent most of his career as music department chair at Ross Sterling High School. While at Sterling, Mr. Eichler’s organizations won acclaim from countless educators and adjudicators. The Sterling Symphony Orchestra was a consistent UIL Sweepstakes winner and was awarded “Outstanding Orchestra” at various festivals. The Sterling High School Band was also well respected in state and national competitions. Under Mr. Eichler’s leadership, his groups have won a total of 33 UIL Sweepstakes awards.
After his tenure at Ross Sterling High School, Mr. Eichler served as Director of Instrumental Music Ensembles at Lee College in Baytown. While at Lee College he conducted the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, the Baytown Concert Band, and the Lee College Jazz Ensemble.
For the past five years, Mr. Eichler has been Director of Bands at Lone Star College-North Harris. He taught music theory and conducted the Gale Force Jazz Ensemble, the Hurricane Jazz Orchestra, the Bayou Big Band and the North Star Wind Symphony.
Dennis Eichler is also an active adjudicator, clinician and performer. He is a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and has conducted many All-Region Bands and Orchestras in the Southeast. On several occasions he has conducted bands and orchestras in Europe and Mexico. Mr. Eichler is founder and director of the Bayou Big Band, a professional jazz band that performs throughout the Houston area. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu Fraternity, Texas Band Masters Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and National Association of Jazz Educators.
Mr. Eichler studied extensively with Bryce Taylor, Richard Kole and Eddie Green. He and his wife Lynda live in The Woodlands, TX.