Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Utech Presenters

The Rev. Dr. Carl P. Daw, Jr. served as Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada from 1996 to 2009, while based at Boston University School of Theology. He remained there to teach, retiring in May 2019 as Lecturer in Hymnology, but continuing as Curator of Hymnological Collections. In 2018 he was also appointed as Lecturer in Sacred Music at Yale Divinity School/Institute of Sacred Music, where he currently teaches. He began to write hymns while a consultant member of the Text Committee for The Hymnal 1982, and his texts now appear in the hymnals of most English-speaking countries and have been translated into six other languages. Six collections of his hymns and psalms have been published, and he is the author of nine other books on liturgical and musical topics.

Dr. Robin A. Leaver is Emeritus Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. He has also taught at the Juilliard School, Yale University, and Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dr. Leaver has served on the executive committee of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, is a past president of the Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hymnologie, member of the editorial committee (with Carl Daw) that produced the Episcopal Hymnal 1982 Companion (1991–1996), and currently is an editorial consultant for the Jahrbuch für Liturgik und Hymnologie. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and entries in reference works, in the cross-disciplinary areas of liturgy, church music, theology, hymnology, as well as in Bach studies.

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine for her “superlative artistry” and “effortless virtuosity and musical intelligence,” Dr. Crista Miller is the Director of Music and Organist at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, where she directs the adult and children’s choirs and the concert series. Her organ committee was responsible for Martin Pasi’s 2010 Opus 19 organ. Dr. Miller has performed in 11 countries and 25 states, and is a frequent conference presenter. Organist’s Review billed her recent double-CD Bonjour and Willkommen: A Franco-German Debut (Acis Productions) “ambitious, admirable and a very good advocate for the performer.” Her research on Middle Eastern elements in Naji Hakim’s music appears in the 2014 book Mystic Modern: The Music, Thought, and Legacy of Charles Tournemire and in ORGAN: Journal für die Orgel (December 2015). Crista earned the DMA from the Eastman School of Music in 2006, where she served on the EROI project.