Steven M. Miller was a singular creative talent as a composer and musician who oversaw the critical development of the unique Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe (now SFUAD). Most recently he was Associate Professor of Sonic Arts at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore. After being diagnosed with ALS, he and his family returned to Santa Fe in February 2014, where he passed away eight months later.
A positive force even in the face of this devastating disease, Miller said that one of the benefits of generally knowing when he would pass away was that he could plan his own memorial. With that in mind, he invited seven of his colleagues to compose new works specifically for the occasion. A Gathering of Voices for Steven M. Miller will feature the premier of those new pieces by David Dunn, Annea Lockwood, Ingram Marshall, Pauline Oliveros, Maggi Payne, Steve Peters, and Larry Polansky.
An eight-disc memorial anthology, Between Noise and Silence will also be available for purchase. One of his final wishes was to release this collection of his music, and with help from friends he worked on this for as long as he was able. The box set includes a tribute compilation of works by composer friends created in his honor, as well as a DVD of his collaborations with filmmaker Michael Saul.