As an Associate Professor of Music, choral conductor, and researcher, Dr. DaVaughn Miller joined the Hayes School of Music in the fall of 2022. Currently, he conducts the Appalachian Chorale, Glee Club, and App State Gospel Choir. Over the years, Dr. Miller has taught numerous music courses, including Conducting, Music History, African American Sacred Music History, Hymnology, and Music in Worship. As a conductor, Dr. Miller has performed numerous concerts and tours across the east coast, including collaborative performances with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. While serving as the Director of the Choral Activities at Livingstone College, one of Dr. Miller's most notable performances was at Carnegie Hall, New York.
In addition to teaching and performance, Dr. Miller has publications in the research areas of musical stereotyping, musical preference, and racial identity development. His research primarily exposes the connection between identity development and musical preference and its impact on musical stereotypes. To this end, Dr. Miller has rendered numerous lecture demonstrations on Music and the Mind, Musical Preference, and Musical Stereotyping – while highlighting the impact of these phenomena on individual musical tastes.
Dr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Ethnomusicology from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA; a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC; and the Master of Education Degree and the Doctorate of Education from Columbia University in New York, NY.