Vocal Studies

Emeriti Faculty

Richard Miller

Founder and director emeritus of OBSVAC

Photo of Richard MillerRichard Miller’s rich performance career has been distinguished by diversity in opera (some 50 roles in more than 450 performances), oratorio and recital, in Europe and America. He is known internationally for master classes in systematic vocal technique and artistic interpretation presented in 38 states of the U.S., in Europe, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Research and teaching projects have been undertaken in 14 European countries. He continues as an active researcher and author in voice technique and performance.

He was a frequent adjudicator, including Munich, Paris, Metropolitan Scholarship and National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award competitions. His students perform in major opera houses: Metropolitan Opera, New York State (City Center), San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Washington, Baltimore, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Welsh Opera, English National Opera, Montreal, Santiago, Trieste, Palermo, La Scala, Rome Opera, Paris Bastille, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Salzburg, Vienna, and in numerous artist apprenticeship programs in America and Europe. Former students serve on faculties of major schools of music.

He holds a BMus and a MMus from University of Michigan, an Artist Diploma from L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, and a LHD from Gustavus Adolphus College. He also was a 1952 Fulbright Scholar.

In May, 1990, he was decorated Chevalier/Officier into the French Order of Arts and Letters at the hand of Madame Regine Crespin ‘‘in recognition of contributions to the art of vocalism in France and throughout the world.’’

In 2006, Miller received the Voice Education Research Awareness Award from the Voice Foundation for his contribution to the field of voice communication. He was chief presenter at several international voice congresses.

Miller served as adjunct staff member, otolaryngology department of Cleveland Clinic Foundation, associate of Collegium Medicorum Theatri, and was a member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.

He has contributed more than 100 articles on voice pedagogy, research, and performance artistry to professional journals, including Journal of VoiceFolia PhoniatricaChoral JournalAmerican Music TeacherVocal Arts MedicineJournal of Research in Singing and Applied Vocal Pedagogy, and Journal of Singing.

He was editor of the NATS Journal from 1980 to 1987.

He is the author of many standard books on voice pedagogy and performance, including:

  • English, French, German and Italian Techniques of Singing (Scarecrow, 1977; reissued 1997)
  • The Structure of Singing (Schirmer Books/Macmillan, 1986) (published by the French Ministry of Culture as La Structure du Chant, 1990)
  • Training Tenor Voices (Schirmer Books/Macmillan, 1993. Korean edition, 1994)
  • On the Art of Singing (Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • Singing Schumann: an Interpretive Guide for Performers (Oxford University Press, Summer, 1999)
  • Training Soprano Voices (Oxford University Press, Spring, 2000. Korean edition, 2004)
  • Solutions for Singers: Tools for Performers and Teachers (Oxford University Press, January, 2004)
  • Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, and Bass Voices (Oxford University Press, Spring 2007)

He is editor of Liszt: 25 French and Italian Songs for Voice and Piano15 Songs of Max Roger (International Music, 2002), and Liszt: 22 German Songs for Voice and Piano, in High and Low editions (International Music, 1998).

Miller taught 28 years at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy, Salzburg, Austria. Beginning in 1982, he presented countless weeklong master classes at the Foundation Royaumont, the major French conference center for music.

Engaged by the French Ministry of Culture as an expert pedagogic consultant in 1983, he offered courses in voice pedagogy for teachers and students of the French national conservatory system, presented lectures and classes at the Paris Conservatoire Superieure, at the Marseilles National Opera School, and at Centre Polyphonique.

Miller served as Wheeler Professor of Music Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1964-2004.