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Donald B. Miller Collection


4585 W Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215

Onondaga Community College

6 linear feet

English

The Donald B. Miller collection contains material donated to the Onondaga Community College archives by OCC music professor Dr. Donald B. Miller. It includes music written by Donald Miller, materials from his years as a music professor at Onondaga Community College, and his research material on composer Kirke Mechem, the subject of his doctoral dissertation.

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Collection Details

Dr. Donald B. Miller was a music professor at Onondaga Community College from 1971 to 1998, and worked part time at the college until 2000. Dr. Miller composed and arranged many works of music, which have been and continue to be performed around the world. Among the many compositions, the hymn "Here Rests in Honored Glory" and "Finger Lakes Suite" are two of his well known works. Dr. Miller received his PhD in 1981 at the University of Southern California, where he wrote his dissertation on the composer Kirke Mechem.

The collection comprises archival materials relating to the musical career of Donald B. Miller. The main categories of the collection include: Guitar Ensemble Series, Onondaga Community College Choral European Tour, "Here Rests in Honored Glory" material, "Finger Lakes Suite" material, "Christopher the Christmas Tree" material, 14 other original scores by Donald Miller, and his material on Kirke Mechem, used to write his PhD thesis. Each series is organized into narrower subseries and then arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Guitar Ensemble Series - This series includes material relating to guitar instruction books written by Donald B. Miller and published by Mel Bay. Materials include the music, and related materials pertaining to the publication, performance and use of the series. Date coverage 2000-2011.

Series 2: Onondaga Community College Choral European Tour - This series contains the information relating to a college tour lead by Donald Miller to the Netherlands. It includes publicity, photographs, correspondence and awards related to the trip. Date coverage 1973.

Series 3: "Here Rests in Honored Glory" - This series contains information on the hymn that Donald Miller wrote to honor those who have served in the military. This material includes the musical scores, honors, publicity, performance information, and recordings of the hymn. Dates coverage 1984-2000.

Series 4: "Finger Lakes Suite" - This archives includes the development of this suite of music, performance information, publicity, musical scores and recordings. Dates coverage 1965-1992.

Series 5: "Christopher the Christmas Tree" - This series includes information on the book and accompanied music that comprises "Christopher the Christmas Tree" project. It includes the musical score, the book drafts, the publicity and publishing information. Date coverage 1988-2000.

Series 6-18, 21: Other Original Works by Donald B. Miller - Fourteen other original works are included in this series, and include the musical scores written by Donald B. Miller. Date coverage 1985-2009, undated.

Series 19: PhD Materials on Kirke Mechem - This archives includes articles, music, interviews, newspaper clippings, recordings, and correspondence about composer Kirke Mechem, who's music was the subject of Donald B. Millers PhD dissertation. Date coverage 1968-1983.

Series 20: Miscellaneous - Miscellaneous material about the life and work of Donald B. Miller, including newspaper clippings, articles and recordings by and about Dr. Miller. Date coverage 1959-1983.

Collection Access & Use

This collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Written permission from the Onondaga Community College Archives and all copyright holders must be obtained before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any material in this collection.

Collection Subjects & Formats

Series : 1: Guitar Ensemble Series by Don Miller

Abstract: Donald Miller Guitar Ensemble Series includes 6 books that offer level one guitar quartet settings of themes from various musical periods, intended for multiple guitars for use in classroom or on the recital stage. In addition, there is a booklet containing examples from the 6 books, called the New Frontier. These books are published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. This collection also includes recordings, awards, correspondence and other material relating to the production of this series.

Date: 2000 - 2002

Subseries : Guitar Ensemble Volumes

Date: 2000 - 2001

Baroque Music

Date: 2001

Box-folder: MIL1-1

Christmas Book

Date: 2000

Box-folder: MIL1-2

Music From Around the World

Date: 2002

Box-folder: MIL1-3

Music of the Hispanic World

Date: 2002

Box-folder: MIL1-4

Music of the Masters

Date: 2000

Box-folder: MIL1-5

Music of the Renaissance

Date: 2001

Box-folder: MIL1-6

The New Frontier - Sheet music

Date: 2003

Box-folder: MIL1-6A

Subseries : Other Mel Bay Publications

Date: 2000 - 2009

"Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah by George Frederich Handel, arranged by Don Miller

Date: 2000

Box-folder: MIL1-7

"Magnificat" by Charles Theodore Pachelbel, transcribed by Donald Miller

Date: 2005

Box-folder: MIL1-8

"Music From Around the World", books 1-3 for violin 1 & 2 with piano accompaniment, by Donald Miller

Date: 2009

Box-folder: MIL1-9

Subseries : Miscellaneous

Date: 2005

Correspondence

Date: 2000 - 2005

Box-folder: MIL1-10

Series : 2: Onondaga Community College Choral Ensemble European Tour

Abstract: Onondaga Community College was the first two-year school from the United States to perform in the International Koorfestival in the Netherlands. The Choir placed 3rd out of sixty-eight choirs.

Date: 1973

Commemorative Placques

Date: 1973

Concert Poster - in Dutch

Date: June, 1973

Box: MIL2

Concert Photographs

Date: June 19, 1973

Box-folder: MIL5-2

Correspondence

Date: 1973

Box-folder: MIL1-18

Programs

Date: June 7, 1973

Box-folder: MIL1-19

Reviews

Date: 1973

Box-folder: MIL1-20

Newspaper Clippings

Date: 1973

Box-folder: MIL1-21

Series : 3: "Here Rests in Honored Glory" by Don Miller

Abstract: The original piece by Donald B. Miller, titled "Here Rests in Honored Glory", is based on the inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery outside of Washington, D.C. It is scored for a chorus, several brass instruments, timpani, and organ. This collection of materials relates to Professor Miller’s composition and the subsequent honors that both it and he have received.

Date: 1984 - 2010

Subseries : "Here Rests in Honored Glory" original score

Date: 1984

Conductor's Score - original key

Date: January 1, 1984

Box-folder: MIL3-1

"Here Rests in Honored Glory" Instrumental Parts

Date: 1984

Box-folder: MIL3-2

"Here Rests in Honored Glory" sheet music, Mark Foster Music Co.

Date: 1986

Box-folder: MIL3-3

Subseries : Performance Programs and miscellaneous material

Date: 1984 - 2010

Premiere Performance - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, NY

Date: May, 1984

Box-folder: MIL3-4

Performance Programs - various locations

Date: 1984 - 2001

Box-folder: MIL3-5

38th Annual Veterans Day National Ceremony, Washington, DC publicity material, photographs

Date: November, 1991

Box-folder: MIL3-8

Subseries : Awards and Honors

Date: 1991 - 2009

Freedom Foundation Award - George Washington Honor Medal nominations and awards material

Date: 2009

Box-folder: MIL3-6

Veterans of the Vietnam War official hymn honor printed material

Date: 1991

Box-folder: MIL3-7

Paralyzed Veterans of America official hymn honor printed material

Date: 1991

Box-folder: MIL3-7

Subseries : Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings

Date: 1994 - 2009

Box-folder: MIL3-9

Subseries : Correspondence

Date: 1984 - 1991

Box-folder: MIL3-10

Subseries : Recording Session

Date: 2005

Correspondence

Date: 2005

Box-folder: MIL3-11

Newspaper Clippings

Date: 2005

Box-folder: MIL3-11

Subseries : Television coverage

Date: undated

VHS tape

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL3-12

Subseries : Performance Recordings

Date: 2005

"Here Rests in Honored Glory" CD

Date: 2005

Box-folder: MIL3-13

"Sounds of America" CD

Date: 1982

Box-folder: MIL3-13

Series : 4: "Finger Lakes Suite" original score by Don Miller

Abstract: The Finger Lakes Suite is an original orchestral composition by Donald B. Miller, highlighting the beauty of the Finger Lakes Region in Central New York. The work debuted on July 19, 1989 in Skaneateles, New York by the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Neil Gittleman. The Suite consists of three movements, Lake Country Images, A Distant Dream and A Celebration of the Earth's Bounty. Each movement is connected by a brief repeating section, The Erie Canal Promenade, that links the three movements.Included in this series is the musical work Birches, which was the original model for the Finger Lakes Suite.

Date: 1989

Subseries : "Birches" original manuscript

Date: 1965

Box-folder: MIL5-3

Subseries : "Finger Lakes Suite"

Date: 1989

Box-folder: MIL4-2

First Draft of "Finger Lakes Suite"

Date: 1988

Box-folder: MIL4-3

Handwritten reworking of orchestration for "Finger Lakes Suite"

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL4-4

Revisions for "Finger Lakes Suite"

Date: 1988

Box-folder: MIL4-5

Conductors copy - Neal Gittleman,Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

Date: 1989

Box-folder: MIL4-6

Program notes

Date: 1989

Box-folder: MIL4-7

DVD Recording of Finger Lakes Suite

Date: 1990

Box-folder: MIL4-8

Correspondance

Date: 1988

Box-folder: MIL4-9

Reviews

Date: 1991

Box-folder: MIL4-10

Ithaca College video production correspondence, catalogs, VHS tape

Date: 1989 - 1992

Box-folder: MIL4-11

Concert Programs

Date: 1989 - 2011

Box-folder: MIL4-12

Publicity/Press fliers and correspondence

Date: 1989 - 1999

Box-folder: MIL4-13

Newspaper clippings

Date: 1989

Box-folder: MIL4-14

Poster - Premier Performance by Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

Date: 1989

Box-folder: MIL5-4

Original score in pencil

Date: 1989

Box-folder: MIL5-5

Series : 5: "Christopher the Christmas Tree" original score by Don Miller

Abstract: The archives of "Christopher the Christmas Tree", chronicles the creation of a book and accompanying musical cassette tape/CD . The project was a collaboration between the story's author Nancy Poole, the composer Donald B. MIller and illustrator Christie L. Stahl Burghdorf. The archives includes the original scores of the 5 songs included in the project, the drafts and final copies of the text and illustrations used for the book. The archives also includes photographs, financial and business records, and correspondence associated with all phases of the creation and publication of the project.

Date: 1988 - 1999

Subseries : Story Synopsis

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL1-22

Subseries : Song Sheet

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL1-23

Subseries : Musical Score - Original and Published

Date: 1989 - 1993

"Christopher the Christmas Tree" score

Date: 1989

Box-folder: MIL1-24

"Reach for the Stars" score

Date: 1989

Box-folder: MIL1-24

"Silent Star, Silent Sky" score

Date: 1993

Box-folder: MIL1-25

"To Be Me" score

Date: 1989

Box-folder: MIL1-26

Subseries : Story Illustrations

Date: undated

Illustrations by Christie L. Stahl Burghdorf

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL1-27

Illustration by Douglas McCarthy, Warner Brothers Animation

Date: 1992

Box-folder: MIL1-28

Subseries : Review of Project - by Bruce Coville

Date: 1997

Box-folder: MIL1-29

Subseries : Book "Christopher the Christmas Tree" documents

Date: undated

First draft of book and correspondence

Date: 1999

Box-folder: MIL1-30

Final Draft

Date: 1999

Box-folder: MIL1-31

Published Book/ CD

Date: 1999

Box-folder: MIL1-32

ISBN number application

Date: 1999

Box-folder: MIL1-39

Subseries : Correspondence

Date: 1988 - 1997

Box-folder: MIL1-33

Subseries : Trademark application

Date: 1999 - 2000

Box-folder: MIL1-34

Subseries : Financial documents

Date: 1996 - 1999

Box-folder: MIL1-35

Subseries : Grass Lake Publishing documents

Date: 1999

: MIL1-36

Subseries : Photographs - recording session

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL1-37

Subseries : Copyright documents

Date: 1994 - 1999

Box-folder: MIL1-38

Subseries : Recording

Date: 199u

Cassette tape - final mix

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL1-40

1/4' tape, 7 1/2 IPS (full track)

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL1-40

Subseries : Publicity

Date: 1999

Box-folder: MIL1-41

Series : 6: "It's So Sweet" by Donald Miller

Date: undated

Conductor's score, arrangement for stage band by Steve Frank

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL4-15

Series : 7: "Charconne" by Don Miller

Date: undated

Original Score in Pencil

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL4-16

Chaconne for Strings

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL4-17

Series : 8: "Sontantina" by Don Miller

Date: undated

Original Score

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL4-18

Series : 9: "Dawn Bears the Sun" by Don Miller

Date: undated

Original Score with pencil notes

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL4-19

Score

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL4-20

Series : 10: "Sing Along on this Day" by Don Miller

Date: undated

Original Score

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL4-21

Score - Final Proof

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL4-21

Series : 11: "Star Songs" by Don Miller

Abstract: "Star Songs" is a collection of four songs, including "Star Child", To Be Me", "Silent Star, Silent Sky" and "Reach for a Star".

Date: 1995

Score

Date: April, 1995

Box-folder: MIL4-22

Series : 12: "Suite" by Don Miller

Date: September, 2004

Score for 2 clarinets, or 2 guitars, or 2 vibraphones, or 1 vibe & 1 marimba

Date: September, 2004

Box-folder: MIL4-23

Series : 13: "The Hebrew Children" arrangement by Don Miller

Date: undated, 1995

Original score in pencil

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL4-24

Score

Date: 1995

Box-folder: MIL4-24

Series : 14: "Why Do the Angels Sing Tonight?" music by Don Miller, lyrics by Mildred Rapp

Date: 1985

Score

Date: 1985

Box-folder: MIL4-25

Review

Date: 1985

Box-folder: MIL4-25

Series : 15: "Down in Yon Forest" arrangement by Don Miller

Date: undated, 2000

Original score in pencil

Date: n.d.

Box-folder: MIL4-26

Score

Date: 2000

Box-folder: MIL4-26

Series : 16: "Thanksgiving Canticle" arrangement by Don Miller

Date: 1989 - 1990

Score

Date: 1989 - 1990

Box-folder: MIL4-27

Series : 17: "Music From Around the World" by Don Miller

Date: 2009

Box-folder: 4-27A

Musical score books for cello/bass, violin 1,2,3 and viola

Date: 2009

Box-folder: MIL4-27A

Series : 18: "Christmas Strings" by Don Miller

Date: 2007

Score for Violin 1 & 2 with Piano accompaniment

Date: 2007

Box-folder: MIL4-28

Score for Cello and Bass with Piano accompaniment

Date: 2007

Box-folder: MIL4-28

Score for Viola, Violin and Ensemble

Date: 2007

Box-folder: MIL4-28

Series : 19: PhD Dissertation by Donald Miller

Date: 1968 - 1980

Subseries : Interviews of and about Kirke Mechem

Date: 1971 - 1979

Box-folder: MIL6-1

Subseries : Newspaper Clippings and Press Releases about Kirke Mechem

Date: 1965 - 1984

Box-folder: MIL6-2

Subseries : Musical Programs of Kirke Mechem

Date: 1960 - 1983

Box-folder: MIL6-3

Subseries : Symphony Preview Speeches by Kirke Mechem

Date: 1965 - 1968

Box-folder: MIL6-4

Subseries : Journal Articles

Date: April, 1970

"Choral Cycle" by Kirke Mechem

Date: 1970

Box-folder: MIL6-5

"Choral Music of Kirke Mechem" by Donald B. Miller

Date: 1970

Box-folder: MIL6-6

Articles for PhD thesis by various authors

Date: 1960's - 1980's

Box: MIL9

Subseries : Book: "I Could Hear the Least Bird Sing: Selected Poems" by Kirke Mechem

Date: 1979

Box-folder: MIL6-7

Subseries : Correspondence

Abstract: The bulk of the correspondence is between Donald B. Miller and Kirke Mechem.

Date: 1969 - 1981

Box-folder: MIL6-8

Subseries : Photograph of Kirke Mechem

Date: undated

Box-folder: MIL6-9

Subseries : Scores by Kirke Mechem

Date: 1954 - 1979

Box: MIL7-8

Subseries : Reel to Reel and cassette Recordings of Kirke Mechem's music

Date: 1960's - 1980's

Box: MIL3

Subseries : Draft of dissertation

Date: undated

Box: MIL7A

Series : 20: Miscellaneous material

Date: 1959 - 1983

Award placques

Date: 1959 - 1966

Box-folder: MIL1-45

Newspaper clipping

Date: 1998

Box-folder: MIL1-44

Examination - Qualifying examination in Church Music by Donald Miller

Date: 1978

Box-folder: MIL1-43

Article - Music History: 20 Topics by Donald Miller

Date: 1983

Box-folder: MIL1-42

Patent Registration Certificate

Date: 2003

Box: 5

Recordings of music by Donald Miller

Date: 1960's - 1990's

Box: 3

Box: 5

Series : 21: "Le Moyen Peu Frequente" by Donald B. Miller

Date: undated

Original score in pencil

Date: undated

Box: 2