Glenn Miller – Director of Music and Organist
Glenn Miller began his tenure as Director of Music and Organist at the Kirk in July of 1998. A native of New Jersey, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in church music and organ at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, where his teachers included Dr. John and Dr. Helen Kemp, Dr. James Litton and Dr. Erik Routley (church music), and Dr. Donald McDonald (organ). While at Westminster, he sang and recorded with leading orchestras in New York City under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Robert Shaw and William Steinberg. He earned his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Oklahoma. Additional studies in choir training include work with Dr. Craig Hella Johnson, Dr. Barry Rose and Dr. John Scott in the United States and in England. He is active in the Royal School of Church Music in America, particularly its King's College (Wilkes Barre, PA) summer chorister training course. He also prepares singers for guest conductors that have included James Litton (the American Boychoir), David Briggs (Director of Music emeritus, Gloucester Cathedral), Andrew Lumsden (Winchester Cathedral), Gerre Hancock (St. Thomas Church, New York City), Murray Somerville (Harvard University), Richard Tanner (Blackburn Cathedral) and Paul Trepte (Ely Cathedral).
Known for his unique basso profundo voice, he has enjoyed a distinguished career and continues to be in great demand as a professional choral singer, performing and recording with: the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London; the Choir of St. Thomas Church, New York City; Conspirare (Austin, TX); the Robert Shaw Festival Singers; the New York Choral Artists. Before coming to the Kirk, he served congregations in Wyomissing, PA, Oklahoma City, and Somerville, NJ. He also served as director of the boys choir of Bramdean School, Exeter, England.
On February 8, 2015, Glenn was one of the representatives from Conspirare to attend the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles where they received the Grammy for Best Choral Performance for the recording, "The Sacred Spirit of Russia." Glenn was featured in a solo in this recording, along with Kirk music staff member, Nicole Joseph.
Dennis CurryAssociate Director of Music|Associate Organist|Carillonneur
Dennis was named Associate Director of Music on April 1, 2011, and has served as Associate Organist and Carillonneur at the Kirk since 1989. His carillon studies began with Dr. Frederick Marriott, longtime beloved Kirk Carillonneur. He advanced to Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) in 1989. President of the GCNA for several years, Dennis now serves on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Carillon Federation (WCF), serving as its Secretary.In 2001, with the support of the Kirk, he hosted the 59th Congress of the GCNA, which honored the centennials of Percival Price and Frederick Marriott. He supervised the formation of the Marriott Memorial Library and the complete renovation of the Kirk carillon—the world's largest (77 bells). In June of 2011, he hosted WCF's World Congress, celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the GCNA—which was the largest gathering of carillonneurs in history! A carillon recitalist in the USA, Europe and Asia, Dennis has also performed in several prestigious international carillon festivals—Springfield (2002) and Historic Bok Sanctuary (2003), and Løgumkloster (2007). His other musical endeavors have included Section Leader for the Detroit Symphony Chorale & Chorus, President of the Kenneth Jewell Chorale, and appearances as organist and vocalist at area churches and synagogues. Dennis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (248) 973-8018.
Vickie Wills – Director, Young Children's Choir
Vickie Wills has served as the Director of the Young Children’s Choir since 2000. She holds a B.Mus. from Carson-Newman College and an M.A. from Madonna University. She studied piano and harpsichord with George Lucktenberg at Converse College. She taught and accompanied at Wheaton College, founded the Kindermusik programs at Wheaton College and North Central College, and performed with Quartetto da Chiesa while living in Illinois. She has training in Suzuki, Kindermusik, and Orff.