ABOUT

Brenda Kay Miller has been performing since she was 3 years old. Ms. Miller’s first performance was on the radio in Canton, Ohio at a local radio station singing “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”.

As of March 2017, Ms. Miller has copyrighted her new song, “Melody of Peace”. A solo version with Ms. Miller singing has been entered in the US copyright office. Click below to hear the powerful ending of “A Melody of Peace”.

Ms Miller also offers an SATB version for high schools, colleges and universities. Email her at bkmmusic2@optimum.com with pricing and availability.

Her BKMMUSIC STUDIO continues to produce students with great potential for the music hall and the Broadway Stage. At the 2015 Mid-Atlantice Music Teacher’s Guild Spring Festival, Ms. Miller was a judge in Pop, Jazz & Classical Voice categories and in Beginning and Advanced Classical Piano categories. Two of her students Amarilis Rivas and Victoria Sanabria received trophies in their respective categories.

Ms. Miller was so happy to accompany Peggy Bennett in their duo program at The Duplex on March 30, 2013 for the 9:30pm show. They filled The Duplex Music Theatre Room to capacity and did a knock out program that left them with a standing ovation and people singing their praises. Video clips of this performance appear on her video page on this web-site.

For the June 19, 2011 performance, Ms. Miller featured 12 of her 16 student’s for the Serrano’s Academy Recital in Newark, NJ. A picture of 3 of those students appears on the Studio-Picture Page of this website. Two of the students who sang on the 2010 Recital for the Serrano Academy appear on the Home page of this website and their pictures appear on the Studio-Pictures page.

In December of 2011, Ms. Miller directed 15 multigenerational singers in a performance for the SGI-USA New Jersey Community Center World Peace Prayer meeting. A clip from this performance appears by clicking on the Video page. As of 2010, Peggy and Brenda appeared as the entertainment for the New York Power Group Christmas Party in New York City.

Ms. Miller  also conducted the SGI-USA East Territory Chorus in a New York City Town Hall Concert salute to Daisaku Ikeda (President of the Soka Gakkai International, world poet, and Nichiren Buddhism Leader for members in 192 countries and territories) toward his 80th birthday held on December 29, 2007. A picture of this event appeared on the front page of the Seikyo Shimbum in Tokyo, Japan, copy of which is on the Studio-Pictures page.

She was the Vocal Music Director and lead pianist for the Memorial High School  production of Big The Musical for the last two week-ends in March 2007. Also in that year, Brenda appeared with her friend, Peggy Bennett, at Dillon’s Restaurant and Cabaret on January 26, 2007, where she accompanied Peggy on several songs including, Break It To Me Gently. A short movie clip of this song appears by clicking on Ms. Miller’s Video page.

In 2009, 2011 and 2016 Ms. Miller’s poems “The Joy of Persistent Snowfall”, “The Power of Life”, and “A Melody of Peace” appeared in the poetic collections Verses and Visions,  Times Like These: Right Now and Where the Mind Dwells: Salvation, respectively. Ms. Miller was also formerly a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

A resident of Hoboken, New Jersey, Ms. Miller has a Bachelor of Music degree from Heidelberg College, a Master of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music and two summers of study and performance at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria. As a singer Ms. Miller has appeared in musicals, operas/oratorios, and recitals in Europe and several states.

Her conducting appearances have also taken her to several states including a performance conducting a 500 voice chorus with Peter Nero and The Philly Pops in 1988 as well as an 800 Voice Women’s Chorus Performance for an SGI 1986 Festival Salute to the 100 Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty performed in Madison Square Garden.

Ms. Miller has taught elementary through college music courses in Ohio and New Jersey. She has been the Co-founder/Director of Sound Tapestry of Hoboken, Inc., the Glee Club Director for All Saints Episcopal School and the SGI New York Sunrise Women’s Chorus Director. Ms. Miller teaches voice and piano students and also designs musical arrangements appropriate for each individual student. As a voice coach, she has seen some of her students go on to careers on the Broadway stage and in film. Ms. Miller also taught at the Serrano’s Academy Performing Arts School in Belleville, NJ through June of 2011.

After recording and producing her own solo CD, which was released in June 2001, She is happy to be able to sell these online for the price of $10.00 including free shipping (see CD INFO page on this website) through PayPal. Included on the CD are The Power of One, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Lady of the Harbor, Steal Away, Over the Rainbow, Medley from Babes in Arms (including The Lady Is A Tramp and Johnny One Note), I Love a Piano, Medley from Hair (including Good Morning Starshine, Let The Sun Shine In, and Aquarius), Mercer Medley (including Autumn Leaves, Tangerine and Moon River), All The Things You Are, Hold On, Somewhere and Tonight from West Side Story, and I Have a Dream. The I Have a Dream excerpt is playable by clicking on the yellow I Have a Dream and downloading the free player from QuickTime on the www.Apple.com site under QuickTime and click on QuickTime for Mac or Windows.

On April 10, 2006 Ms. Miller appeared as a special guest on Ednah Holt’s SGI-USA Concert Dreams Do Come True at the SGI USA Culture Center in New York City. Ednah and Brenda sang a duet originally performed by Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland, Get Happy/Happy Days. A movie excerpt from this performance appears on the HOME page of this website.

Ms. Miller performed 5 jazz and classical songs at the SGI-USA Center in New York City on Nov. 10, 2003 in a concert entitled Songs from the Heart. She was accompanied by Nathan Kaplan on Piano, David Silliman on Drums and Kenny Davis on Bass. Her songs included 3 of her own compositions, Meant To Be Happy, Finding Common Ground, and Choosing Hope. Earlier in 2003 She finished writing the song Choosing Hope, which she’d like to share from this website. If your internet provider offers the opportunity to hear .mp3 or you have an mp3 player on your computer just click on the yellow Choosing Hope. Printed copies of Choosing Hope are available from Ms. Miller for a fee. She also has an SSA version available for this song. Also available from Ms. Miller are two other of her compositions, Meant To Be Happy and Finding Common Ground. She also sang her bossa nova arrangement of Quando m’en vo from Puccini’s opera, La Boheme and the Sempre Libera section from Verdi’s opera La Traviata. Also appearing on this concert were the accomplished jazz singers, Carol Daly, and her accompanist, Wells Hanley, and, Saundra Silliman, and her accompanist, Helen Sung.

If you live in the New York/New Jersey area and are interested in developing your voice for a career or just the pleasure of singing or wish to study piano with her, you can contact Brenda at bkmmusic2@optimum.com. For studio news and pricing information see the NEWSLETTER page on this website.