In Memoriam

Dr. Christine Miller
September 21, 1935 - February 18, 2016

This February, the Academy lost a longtime faculty member and dear friend, Dr. Christine Miller. Since the early years of the Academy, she taught piano to hundreds of children and adults in the Anderson area. She shared her love of music, one lesson at a time.

Dr. Miller spent her life devoted to music, starting from her early childhood days in Helena, Arkansas. Her extensive studies included earning a BM at the University of Mississippi, M Ed at the University of Pittsburgh, and the MM and DMA at Ohio State University, where she studied with George Haddad, Richard Tetley-Kardos and Sylvia Zaremba. After her debut at New York's Town Hall, she was active as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. She developed a keen interest in the music of composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk and was a finalist at the First International Gottschalk Competition.

After her time in Ohio, Dr. Miller moved to Anderson, SC, where she joined the Anderson Academy of Music piano faculty in 1990. She was also active as a church musician, directing music at St. George's Episcopal Church. In spite of grave illness in recent years, she continued to teach until the last month of her life. She taught with love and wisdom, and her legacy lives on in the hearts of the many students she has nurtured through the years. We will miss her greatly.

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