Beginning in 1961, the author, Raymond C. Miller, enjoyed singing barbershop, teaching and coaching other singers. To learn more, he read published information on this subject but found no extant handbook for barbershop quartet singing. This book now provided the techniques and skills for new persons to learn this craft. Having experience in singing art, he wrote the handbook Singing Together. This book describes the task for each of the four voice parts needed to sing well together and perform confidently for audiences. He self-published this book in 1982 and sold 1,000 copies to eager readers.
The Nextep Choralguide
After studying technical singing literature and attending educational conferences, Miller saw a need for a "how-to book" for larger choral as well as quartets and other a cappella style vocal groups. His fifteen years attendance at the Voice Foundation’s annual symposia in Philadelphia put him in touch with giants of the vocal music world. Now he is a friend to many of these world-renowned people and enjoyed learning much up-to-date information on singing. With encouragement, he wrote this practical text including a 28-page self-teaching section on music reading and a section called "Science Looks at Singing." He describes this book as a "workshop in a box." This self-published book also includes much useful information gathered in four decades of visits to coach choruses, choirs, and quartets in the northeast United States and Canada.
From the Volcano to the Gorge
As a U.S. marine in World War II, Miller served in the Fifth Marine Division in the battle for the Japanese island Iwo Jima. He witnessed Joe Rosenthal’s famous flag-raising scene as it happened, then survived the arduous next thirty-one days he often refers to as the "forgotten battle of Iwo Jima." Many folks back home perceived that photo as the end of the campaign. It was only the beginning; 31 more days of sometimes few yards of advance in a day, slowed by buried unseen Japanese. Marines recall the smell of sulfur, gunpowder, and a pervasive stench of death. He is a co-author with Howard McLaughlin, now deceased. The book is published by Tower Press, Standish Maine.
Raymond C. Miller holds a B.S. and graduate study in psychology.