Mandy Miller - Biography

Mandy Miller was born in Winnipeg; Canada however she has spent most of her life in Scotland. She studied Music Education in Dundee before embarking on a fulfilling career as a teacher in Fife.

Mandy has been Head of Music in Lochgelly High School since 1987. Over the years she has travelled extensively in Europe with her Choirs and Pipe Band.

Mandy was awarded an Artist Teacher Diploma in 1997 (Chicago) and Master Teacher Certificate in Choral Music Education in 1999 (Chicago) from Dr Doreen Rao as part of The Choral Music Experience Institute. She regularly teaches on the Faculty of the CME Institute in addition to her responsibilities as Executive Director.

Early in 2000 Mandy was awarded The Paul Harris Fellowship by The International Rotary Foundation in recognition of her positive contribution to music making within the community.

She has gained valuable experience as Director of numerous choirs, orchestras and Music Societies. She is presently in her twenty fourth season as Choral Director of Dunfermline Choral Union.

Mandy founded Dunfermline Junior Chorus in 2005. The organisation has gone from strength to strength and now has four choirs and a membership of more than 130 young people aged 6 to 17 years. Members of DJC have experienced the thrill of performing in Carnegie Hall, New York, the Royal Festival Hall, London and the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow.

Mandy works enthusiastically at regional, national and international level to further the cause of music making:Chair of The Scottish Association for Music Education; Visiting Assessor and Marker for The Scottish Qualifications Authority; Administrator of The Fife Festival of Music, Musical Director of Dunfermline Choral Union and Artistic Director of Dunfermline Junior Chorus; Director of a male choir in one of Scotland’s high security prisons for the last five years.

Mandy is in great demand as a workshop practitioner in Choral Music Education and is an experienced teacher of choral conducting (in Britain, Canada and the USA). The 2009/2010 season saw her travel to St. Louis, San Antonio and Portland, USA to undertake Conducting/Teaching residencies. The 2011/2012 season included numerous performances throughout the U.K and USA. The 2016/17 season includes her annual residency with the St Louis Children’s Choirs and continue her work over the last 10 years of providing workshops for Music Teachers in the St Louis District.

Quotes from teachers who have attended her workshops over the years include: “Inspirational”, “Wonderful as usual”, “A great help and so relevant”, “An accomplished, inspiring, generous musician”.

She continues to give thanks for a life richly blessed with music making and like-minded friends.

Dunfermline Choral Union

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