|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1872|
|Death: ||Jul. 25, 1941|
British Columbia, Canada
Organist, conductor, composer, teacher, author. Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa awards a music scholarship in his honor.
Noted Musical Director Dies on Trip North
Horace Alden Miller Stricken In Canada During Vacation
Prof. Horace Alden Miller of Altadena, noted musical director, author and composer, died yesterday in the Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, British Columbia, it was learned here last night. He was 69.
Professor Miller, a prominent member of the First Methodist Church of Pasadena, was on a vacation trip through British Columbia with his wife when he suffered a stroke 10 days ago. He never regained consciousness.
Active In Church
Professor and Mrs. Miller came to Pasadena four years ago and immediately took an active part in First Methodist Church work.
He was a member of the Choir and the Music Committee of the Church. He also served as pianist for the Men's Bible class, which he often entertained at his Altadena home.
He was an active member of the Organists' Guild of Los Angeles.
Professor Miller was a member of the faculty of Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, for 33 years. He retired as Musical Director at the College in 1937.
Born in Rockford, Illinois, July 4, 1872, Professor Miller moved to Iowa when he was 11 years old. He attended Cornell Academy and was graduated from the Cornell Conservatory of Music in 1896.
Following his graduation, he taught for three years in Suffolk, Virginia and later attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Upon his graduation from Oberlin, he joined the faculty of Tabor College, Tabor, Iowa.
In 1904 Professor Miller went to Cornell College, where he taught every kind of instrument with the exception of strings.
Professor and Mrs. Miller went to Europe in 1911 and 1912, where Professor Miller studied in Berlin under Alexander von Felitz and in Munich as a pupil of Rudolf Louis and Jan Sickesz.
In 1925 and 1926 the couple went abroad again and Professor Miller studied composition again with Herbert Howells and theory with Dr. Charles Kitson of the Royal College of Music in London.
With the exceptions of these two leaves of absence, Professor Miller was a constant and efficient teacher at Cornell College from 1904 until his retirement. Despite his work at the school, Professor Miller found time to compose many musical scores for piano, violin and organ. Among the songs he composed are I Told the Rose My Love, Fulfillment, Starlight and Even Today.
Later, Professor Miller wrote a book, New Harmonic Devices, which was praised by many musical critics as "a valuable contribution to the musical literature of today."
Was Mason, Rotarian
Professor Miller was a Mason, Rotarian and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. He also was active in Methodist Church work in Mt. Vernon and served as Church Organist for many years before coming to California.
He is survived by his widow, Luella Miller, a brother, Grant Miller of Pasadena, and a sister.
Mrs. Miller is expected to remain in the North until she recovers from the shock, friends said her last night. They had been married 32 years.
Cremation will be held in Canada, but memorial services are expected to be held here upon Mrs. Miller's return.
Horace Gilbert Miller (1826 - 1920)
Mary Alden Miller (1836 - 1899)
Luella Matson Albrook Miller (1872 - 1962)
Martha Miller King (1855 - 1931)*
Elizabeth Mary Miller DuBois (1860 - 1885)*
Horace Alden Miller (1872 - 1941)
On the opposite side of the Miller monument is the surname, Albrook.
Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum
Los Angeles County
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Feb 05, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24421087