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ISSUE 09/07/21
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ISSUE 09/07/21

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Rev. William "Bill" Miller, 1947-2021
Former Choral Director
New London-Spicer Public Schools

William Wayne “Bill” Miller, 74, died on Tuesday, August 31st of pancreatic cancer at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held at Peace Lutheran Church in New London on Saturday, September 4th at 11:00 am.  Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. A scholarship fund has been established at Peace for second career seminarian students.

William W. Miller was born May 22, 1947, the oldest son of Alfred and Florence (Holme) Miller. He grew up on the family farm south of Sauk Centre, MN. He attended a country school until 9th grade when began his studies at Crosier Seminary in Onamia, MN. He was there through high school and two years of college, a year at monastery, then transferred to SCSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in music education. In 1975 Bill earned his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the U of M.

Bill married Mary Elizabeth Kleber on December 30, 1972, in St. Cloud, where they met when he was the organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. After two years in St. Cloud, they moved to New London where Bill became the choral music director at New London-Spicer Schools. They made their home in New London for 36 years where they raised their three boys: Jeffrey, Matthew, and Mark. After 17 years of teaching and also serving as organist at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar, he became the Lay Minister of Music and Prayer at Peace Lutheran Church. During this time, Bill decided to pursue a degree in second career Pastoral Ministry from Pacific Lutheran Theology Seminary and Luther Seminary. He accepted the call as pastor at Kerkhoven Lutheran Church where he was Ordained in Word and Sacrament on July 31, 2011 and served for 6 ½ years, prior to his retirement. Still wanting to share ministry, Bill became one of the chaplains at Bethesda Grand in Willmar, a position he held for 3 ½ years.

From 1971-1990 Bill also was the accompanist and assistant for the MN All-State Lutheran Choir, which he looked forward to and enjoyed each summer.

Bill was known for being a faithful servant of the Lord, compassionate husband, dad, teacher, mentor, pastor and friend with a playful humor and boisterous laugh. He loved much, including watching sunsets by the lake, listening to and feeding birds, playing cards especially Cribbage and Hand and Foot, being in control of the TV remote, and eating favorite foods like his wife’s spaghetti, BBQ ribs, goulash, and of course blueberry pie. He loved spending time with the family, going to restaurants, day dates at the movie theater, and going for coffee and pie with his friends. He was respected, admired and loved by so many and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Mary, of New London; sons and daughters-in-law: Jeff and Anna of Mapleton, ND, Matthew and Danielle of Eagle, CO and Mark and Tina of Otsego; and five grandchildren: Caris, Asher, Ava, Lincoln and Quincy. Also surviving are his sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Doug Ewing of Grasonville, MD and Bonita Springs, FL; his sister-in-law, Pam Miller of Lebanon, TN; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred, mother Florence, and his brother and sister-in-law, John and Julie.

Change of Address

If you have moved to a new home or work address, please contact the ACDA national membership office with this information at:  405-232-8161 xt 110.

With ACDA-MN now using the ACDA national membership roster for our state organization, it’s important that members revise and update their contact information. When renewing your membership in 2021-22. you are encouraged to opt in for the "automatic" renewal feature.

2021-22 Honor Choir Season
Auditions Website is Now Open

4-5-6  •  7-8  •  9-10

Audition Due Dates
October 29:  State 9-10
January 28:  State 7-8
February 11:  State 4-5-6

Interest Sessions at 2021 State Conference

A total of 24 interest sessions have been carefully selected and programmed for conductors of all singing levels. This list represents the final eight sessions that have been featured via The Weekly Pulse over the past several weeks. The State Conference registration site will open on October 1.

Tai Chi and Parachutes
     David Mennicke, Concordia University-St. Paul
Singing Success with Young Tenors and Basses (demonstration session)
     Richard Robbins, University of Minnesota-Duluth
*Teaching Success in the First Five Years
     Zack Carlson, Buffalo High School
The Big IDEA in Worship Music
     Marcus Simmons, Bethel University
Transforming Community Through Informal Singing
     Susan Vollbrecht, College of St. Benedict
Voice Science in the Choral  Rehearsal
     Ryan Deignan, University of Minnesota-Duluth
*What I Wished I Knew Before I Started Teaching
     Randi Erlandson & Rob Hahn, Prior Lake High School
Working With Singers from Diverse Traditions
     Merrin Guice Gill, Bethel University
(*) student symposium session


For more information contact:
Garrett Lathe
Ensemble’s Edge

Calendar of Events

  • October 1:  State Conference Registration Site Opens
  • October 29:  State 9-10 Honor Choir Auditions Due
  • October 30:  FMC Committee Meeting
  • November 19-20:  State Conference at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi
  • January 29:  State Board of Directors Meeting
  • January 28: State 7-8 Honor Choir Auditions Due
  • February 11:  State 4-5-6 Honor Choir Auditions Due
  • February 17:  State 9-10 Honor Choir
  • February 19:  FMC Committee Zoom Meeting
  • April 23:  State 4-5-6 Honor Choir
  • May 7:  State 7-8 Honor Choir
To inspire and support a community of choral musicians in our state

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