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David Alan Miller, Music Director and Conductor of the Albany Symphony, Receives Ditson Conductor's Award

David Alan Miller

David Alan Miller, music director and conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, received Columbia's 2003 Ditson Conductor's Award for his commitment to the performance of works by American composers. Miller received the $5,000 award on Friday, April 25th, during the Albany Symphony Orchestra's performance at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall that he conducted.

During his 12-year tenure with the Albany Symphony, Miller has led the Orchestra in more than 27 world premieres -- many featuring works by American composers -- as well as countless other American compositions. He has worked as a guest conductor with many major U.S. orchestras, including: Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, as well as the New World Symphony and the New York City Ballet.

In his citation, President Lee C. Bollinger praised Miller as a champion and skillful interpreter of contemporary, and especially American, music. Through concerts, educational initiatives and recordings, Miller has enabled the Albany Symphony Orchestra to affirm its reputation as an outstanding supporter of American symphonic music and one of the nation's most innovative orchestras.

Prior to his appointment in Albany, Miller was the associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for five years. From 1982 - 1988 he was music director of the New York Youth Symphony, earning considerable acclaim for his work. A native of Los Angeles, Miller holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School.

The Ditson Conductor's Award, the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to American music, was established in 1945 by the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia. Past recipients include Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, JoAnn Falletta, Michael Tilson Thomas and James DePreist.

Published: Apr 28, 2003
Last modified: Apr 28, 2003

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