A.B., Harvard College
After attending Phillips Academy Andover, Miles graduated with an A. B. in Music with Honors from Harvard College, where he was President of the Harvard Glee Club, and wrote a senior thesis analyzing patterns and cacophony in Stravinsky’s Petrushka. Miles holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music, having studied with Profs. Marguerite Brooks and Jeffrey Douma. He has recently completed doctoral coursework in conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under Prof. William Weinert. Miles transcribed a collection of a cappella choral works by Spanish composer Sebastián de Vivanco (c. 1551-1622) for his doctoral research project.
BackgroundMiles Canaday serves as Visiting Director of Choirs at the College of William and Mary for 2017-2018. Before coming to Williamsburg, Miles was the Assistant Conductor for the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, and directed the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus. Prior to his work in western New York, he conducted various collegiate, church and community ensembles across Colorado, including the Metropolitan State University of Denver Women’s Chamber Choir, the Laudamus Chamber Chorale of Fort Collins, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Choirs in Aurora.
Miles began singing as a treble in the Choir of Men and Boys at Christ Church Greenwich, CT at age nine, and studied voice, solfeggio, piano and music theory with Joseph Leniado-Chira. He has since continued to sing in ensembles, including the Yale Schola Cantorum, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (Denver), the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and various Eastman choral groups.
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