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Jo Ellen Miano coordinates the choral and vocal activities of the Music Department. She conducts Cardinal Singers and College Chorale and teaches private voice lessons, as well as a variety of classroom courses.
Active as a choral and eurhythmics clinician, Miano offers workshops locally and nationally at both the public school and university levels. Her longtime interest in the study of rhythm through body movement and gesture prompted her study and certification in Dalcroze eurhythmics at Carnegie Mellon University. Miano has conducted NYSSMA All-State Mixed Choruses, as well as All-County choruses. In February, 2010, Miano conducted the Suburban Council HS Chorus in the Albany NY area and NYSSMA Zone 6 Area All-State Mixed Chorus in November, 2009. She conducted the Mixed Chorus of the Vermont Northwest District Musical Festival in April, 2009, the Mixed Chorus of the Champlain Valley District III Music Festival (Burlington, VT, January, 2005), and returned there as guest conductor in February, 2008. Miano presented eurhythmics application sessions for both elementary and high school levels at the 1998 New York State Winter Conference of NYSSMA.
Miano enjoys producing or music-directing staged productions. Most recently she conducted a semi-staged version of Purcell’s opera, “Dido and Aeneas.” In Spring 2007 she conducted a concert version of South Pacific, featuring two-time Tony award-winner George Hearn.
In addition, Miano collaborates with many dedicated area school music teachers, including working with area choirs in their rehearsal settings throughout the year. She designed a large project in which she worked with area school children on the modern premiere of the Mozart Mass with Toy Instruments, an 1802 arrangement (Paul Wranitsky) of Mozart's Mass in C Major for conventional and toy orchestra. On the same 2008 concert she also prepared the children’s chorus for the performance of Rutter’s Mass of the Children.
Miano holds a bachelor of music degree from Boston University and a master of music degree in conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Office: Myers Fine Arts 225
Phone: (518) 564-2472