Dr. Richard Miles, Professor / Director of Bands
"The music program at Morehead State is exceptional. We have exemplary faculty with a passion for teaching and performing. Our program is very demanding and comes with high expectations. In return, students receive the finest in preparation for successful careers. It should be noted that we have had close to 100% employment of our music education graduates in the past twenty-five years – an unheard of employment record. We work for and with YOU."
Richard Miles, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Florida State University and graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois and Appalachian State University. In addition to the supervision and administration of the MSU Bands, Dr. Miles teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Since coming to MSU in 1985, the Symphony Band under his direction has received national and international recognition having performed for conventions of the Music Educators National Conference: The National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and international concert tours to The People’s Republic of China (2000), Brazil (2003), and Spain (2008).
Professor Miles has co-authored, compiled and edited the internationally recognized wind band series: Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Volumes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VII, VIII, I (Second Edition), Teaching Music through Performing Marches, Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band Volumes I and II, Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz, and three additional texts. Dr. Miles is a Past President of the College Band Directors National Association - Southern Division, and Past President of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.
Internationally, he has conducted concerts and clinics in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, The Canary Islands, The People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, throughout Europe and The United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, and South Africa. Recently, Dr. Miles was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Appalachian State University, the Presidential Recognition Award and Distinguished Leadership Award from the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Kentucky Outstanding Contributor to Bands Award and is the 2006 - 2007 recipient of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, International Outstanding Contributor to Bands Award presented at the 60th Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Professor Miles is an active member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference: The National Association for Music Education, Kentucky Music Educators Association, and is an elected member to the professional honorary associations of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the American Bandmasters Association.