Crista Miller is the Director of Music and Cathedral Organist at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart where she chaired the Organ Committee for Martin Pasi’s Opus 19 pipe organ. She oversees the Celebrity Organ Series and the First Friday University of Houston Series and leads a growing Cathedral music organization, with the Schola Cantorum in high demand for large-scale, festive liturgies, including those prepared for the National Catholic Education Association, the National Winter Conference of the University of St. Thomas’ St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant, Church Music Association of America, various Archdiocesan offices, and for Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza’s ceremonial receipt of the Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI in Rome in 2005.
As a teacher, Dr. Miller has adjudicated organ competitions and served as a member of the applied music faculties at Houston Baptist University, the University of St. Thomas, and the American Festival for the Arts, teaching organ, music theory, sight-singing and ear training. A champion of new music, she has premiered several works, including Naji Hakim’s O Filii et Filiae and Equisses Persanes (North American premiere). She recently co-taught a composition course for the American Festival of the Arts, coaching budding composers on writing for the organ.
Dr. Miller’s organ students have earned competition prizes from the Cameron Johnson Organ Competition at the University of Connecticut, the Oklahoma City University Organ Competition, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School Organ Competition. Her students have earned scholarships from the Eastman School of Music and the University of North Texas, and have been named Organ Scholar for the Texas Festival of the National Federation of Pueri Cantores.
Active in the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Miller has served on the 2016 National Convention Executive Committee, chairing the 2016 New Music Committee, and serving the Executive Board of the local chapter. In addition, she has been a member of the Board of Directors for CANTARE Houston.