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Jo Ellen Miano

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Jo Ellen Miano is Associate Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she directs the Choral & Vocal Activities.  A conductor and voice teacher, Miano enjoys producing or music-directing concerts, staged productions and other events that celebrate the singing voice.  In November, 2014, she was music director for a choral department fully staged production of Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti's opera in one act). The cast came completely from the combined choirs of College Chorale and Cardinal Singers. Miano was coordinator of SUNY Plattsburgh's First International Voice Masterclass with Rockwell Blake, tenor. In June, 2013, she was guest clinician and conductor at the Choral & Voice Festival 2013 in Trinidad, a collaborative project between the SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Music and The University of Trinidad and Tobago and Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism.  The week-long festival included middle-school, high-school and community choral clinics, a vocal competition, a vocal masterclass, a solo recital with Plattsburgh and UUT faculty, and preparation for the Grand Finale concert at the Lord Kitchener Auditorium at the National Academy for the Performing Arts. In May, 2013, Miano was guest conductor on the Champlain Valley Voices & Choral Union 30th Anniversary Concert with professional orchestra.  She featured three of our department voice students as soloists in selected choruses from Haydn's The Creation. In April, 2012, the College Chorale and Cardinal Singers combined to present a concert version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel.  A collaboration with music faculty colleague Timothy Morningstar, the performance featured outstanding student vocalists and choristers from our music program.  In April 2007, she conducted two performances of the concert version of South Pacific, a collaborative project between the Music Department and Essex Theatre Company.  This production featured two-time Tony-Award winner George Hearn and Leslie Hearn in leading roles, as well as students, faculty & community members, who performed to sold-out crowds in E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium.  

Past productions in which Miano has been involved include
SUNY Plattsburgh's Renaissance Madrigal Dinner (producer & director in 1997, 1998, 2000), Amahl and The Night Visitors--Menotti (music & stage director in 1999 and 2001), Chicago (1997) and City of Angels (music director in 2003). From 1998-2007, Miano was the director of Champlain Valley Oratorio Society (now named Champlain Valley Voices) and Choral Union.  She served as guest conductor for CVV for their Spring 2010 concert, while Artistic Director Karen Becker was on leave.  In support of
this Champlain Valley Voices' semi-staged performance of Henry Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas, Miano planned the spring ChoralFest 2010 to be built upon the week-long residency of guest artist Kristine Ciesinski, operatic soprano--in the title role of Dido and Aeneas.  Ciesinski worked with College Chorale and Cardinal Singers, as well as providing an intense week of vocal activities that trained our voice students for participation in a staged Baroque opera.

In September 2012, Miano presented a faculty voice recital, featuring Samuel Barber's song cycle Hermit Songs, with faculty colleague Karen Becker at the piano.  Also on the program was  Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock (assisted by Becker and clarinettist Janine Scherline), Saints-Saens' "Le bonheur est chose legere" (Marilyn Reynolds. violin). 

Miano is an active choral and eurhythmics clinician and offers workshops locally, nationally and internationally, at both the public school and university levels. Her longtime interest in the relationship between music and physical movement prompted her study and certification in Dalcroze eurhythmics at Carnegie Mellon University. Her certification thesis, “Using Eurhythmics to Deepen Musical Understanding in Youth and Adult Choirs,” examines how the rhythmic movement component of Dalcroze Eurhythmics can be used with choral warm-ups and for exploring musical concepts during rehearsal. Miano presented eurhythmics application sessions for both elementary and high school levels at the 1998 New York State Winter Conference of NYSSMA.  She enjoys conducting NYSSMA Zone 6 All-County choruses, as well as Zone 4 and Zone 6 Area All-State Mixed Choruses.  Most recently, Miano conducted the Suburban Council HS Chorus in the Albany NY area in February, 2010. She conducted NYSSMA Zone 6 Area All-State Mixed Chorus in November, 2009.  Miano 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. She also participated in the initial New York State School Music Association 1998 P.E.A.K. Festival, a state project that focuses on the creative process within the elementary classroom music program.

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 worked with a children's chorus for the performance of Rutter's Mass of the Children.  

Miano holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, a Masters of Music degree in conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dalcroze eurhythmics certification from Carnegie Mellon University.  She is currently a voice student of operatic tenor Rockwell Blake.

courses for spring 2015

course advisement period--march 30 through april 10

Advisement for course selection for Summer and Fall 2015 runs from March 30 - April 10.  If you are one of my advisees,
please go directly to your Moodle homepage for instructions about how to sign up online for your advisement time.  

I also serve as advisor to students who are considering the major, minor or concentration in music.  If you do not have a music advisor assigned to you, feel free to request an advisement time with me. Contact me by email: joellen.miano@plattsburgh.edu 

I will add you as a guest to the MOODLE group site for sign-ups.

Please see me if you are interested in taking applied lessons in any instrument, but especially for voice.  I  can speak with you about how one gets into one of our applied studios. I also can help you get connected to an applied teacher, if you have specific questions for him or her.

If you have general questions about the music program, contact the Music Department Chair, Mr. Dan Gordon, by email and he can either answer your questions online, or he will direct your questions to a specific faculty member, if appropriate. Or he may decide that it would be better for him to meet with you in person.  

office hours 

It's best to make an appointment for your office hour visits, since sometimes I need to spend extended time with individuals.  Certainly, you may just try "walk-in," but if another student has reserved time with me, you may have to wait.

Office Hours for spring 2015--to be determined. Permanent office hours will be set by Week #2, when I have established my private voice studio schedule.

Meanwhile, during Week #1 only--appointment is preferable, since I am also holding auditions this week:


Monday             1 - 2 p.m.

Tuesday            9 a.m. - noon
Wednesday      1 - 2 p.m.

Thursday           9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


and by appointment.


Again, it's best to make an appointment for your office hour visits, since sometimes I need to spend extended time with individuals.  Certainly, you may just try "walk-in," but if another student has reserved time with me, you may have to wait.

This page last modified on 01/23/15 .

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