Jeffrey Alban makes his career as a choral conductor, organist, and music educator. Dr. Alban is currently the Director of Music and Organist at Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Front Royal, Virginia, where he oversees a choral program comprised of two adult mixed choirs, a Gregorian chant schola and two children’s choirs in addition to playing the organ. He is also the director of the Blue Ridge Singers, a new community chamber choir in the Shenandoah Valley.
He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he studied with Jo-Michael Scheibe, Joshua Habermann and Donald Oglesby. As part of this degree program, Dr. Alban researched the life of the Belgian composer and organist, Joseph Jongen and wrote an analysis of Jongen’s Messe en l’honneur du Saint-Sacrement, Op. 130. He also had the opportunity of participating in masterclasses with renowned conductors including Paul Salamunovich, Weston Noble, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Porco and Marin Alsop. Dr. Alban also holds the Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Alban received the Bachelor of Music in organ performance and the Bachelor of Science in music education degrees from Duquesne University, magna cum laude. He was also the recipient of the André Marchal award for excellence in performance. As an organist, Dr. Alban has studied with acclaimed artists John Walker, Donald Sutherland, Gillian Weir, David Craighead, Ann Labounsky and Kyler Brown. While at Duquesne, Dr. Alban was a member of the award-winning Duquesne University Chamber Singers under the direction of Brady Allred, touring throughout Canada, Europe, and the northeastern United States. He was also a conducting student of Dr. Allred.
Dr. Alban is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association and has performed at its national conventions in New York City and Miami. Dr. Alban served as a member of the American Guild of Organists National Committee on the New Organist for six years. This committee oversees the AGO-sponsored Pipe Organ Encounter program, as well as formulating new programs for new organists. Dr. Alban has attended numerous Pipe Organ Encounters held across the United States serving as event director, adjudicator, and faculty. He was the dean of the Duquesne University Chapter of the AGO from 2001-2004, and holds the Colleague certification from the AGO. Also, Dr. Alban served as the director of the Shaler Area High School Varsity Singers in Pittsburgh following his student-teaching placement there. Dr. Alban was a member of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh from 2000-2004, serving as a member of the artistic staff as an assistant conductor and organist. Throughout his life, Dr. Alban has been focused on bringing young people to the pipe organ and choral music.
Dr. Alban is married to his wife, Kay; they have two sons, Matthew and Christopher. They make their home in Winchester, Virginia.
Daniel J. Miller enjoys a varied career as a collaborative pianist, organist, harpsichordist, church musician, and teacher. Having performed throughout the eastern United States and in Europe, Daniel is currently an accompanist at Shenandoah University where he serves as pianist for the Conservatory Choir under the direction of Grammy Award winning conductor Robert Shafer. At Shenandoah Dan has also accompanied Cantus, Opera Workshop, opera rehearsals, auditions, and many student recitals and other performances. He has served as a staff accompanist on the faculty of Shepherd University, and on the faculty of the Foxcroft School as piano instructor and staff accompanist.
In addition to the Blue Ridge Singers, which he joined in 2011, Mr. Miller has performed with many area choirs such as Hagerstown Choral Arts, the Masterworks Chorale at Shepherd University, and Winchester Musica Viva. In Washington, DC, he worked with the Capitol Hill Chorale and Washington Women’s Chorus. He has performed with the Piedmont Symphony, and with several area chamber ensembles. In the world of opera, Daniel has worked with the Loudon Lyric Opera, the Hub Opera Ensemble, and has been a coach/accompanist on the faculty of the Washington National Opera Institute at American University every summer since 2009.
Mr. Miller holds Master of Music degrees in Collaborative Piano and in Church Music from Shenandoah Conservatory, where his principle teachers were Elizabeth Temple and Steven Cooksey, respectively. He was fortunate to receive a graduate assistantship, serving as accompanist for Opera Workshop, and to participate in masterclasses with internationally acclaimed Irish pianist John O’Conor. He also holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shenandoah.
As a church musician for many years, Mr. Miller has held positions in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. He currently serves as Organist and Choirmaster at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn, VA. Dan is an active member of the Winchester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, which he serves as Treasurer, and has taught on the faculty of two Pipe Organ Encounters sponsored by the organization. He also teaches piano and organ privately, and is active as a vocal coach.