The music program provides an important experience for Pre-K through Junior High students, and is integrated throughout the year with world history, art, drama, dance, and creative writing. Music also provides students with the opportunity to participate in the regularly scheduled on-site worship services.
Students in first through eighth grades participate in the choir program which is an extracurricular activity. The CES choir performs at many school and community events, and provides strong support to the Drama program.
Chrissy Miller, a Slidell, LA native, is no stranger to the stage, playing the role of performer and administrator during the past fourteen years. As a former administrator of the Grammy Award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), she spent time managing and actualizing the creative vision of its artistic director through performance and community music education efforts.
Graduating from Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK) with a Bachelor of Music degree, Miller left her mark on the campus as a classical and Jazz vocalist. Performing with several Jazz ensembles, she was responsible for creating the university’s first-ever weekly installment of live Jazz music on campus. Following her Oklahoma tenure, she returned to Louisiana as a private music instructor, also reclaiming her post as Director of Music at her local church, a title she first earned at the ripe age of 15. During that season, she also joined the local theatre community, which would lead to a featured chorus role in the New Orleans Opera Association’s presentation of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (2010).
Diving into the New Orleans Jazz scene for the first time, Ms. Miller made her singing debut at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. She would later serve as the club’s Talent Manager, booking local and international icons from Kermit Ruffins, George Porter Jr., and Ellis Marsalis to multi-Grammy Award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater. She made solo and guest appearances at local Jazz venues and would eventually find herself gracing the prestigious Carnegie Hall stage with NOJO. She has also performed on smaller local stages, such as the Windsor Court, Preservation Hall and the historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville.
She remains active in her hometown community, presenting workshops and judging local music competitions. In recent years at Slidell Little Theatre, she held a supporting role in the musical Kiss Me, Kate, directed the children’s show, Zombeo & Juliet, produced the show Move Over, Mrs. Markham, and served as the vocal director for the 50th anniversary production of Fiddler on the Roof. Last year she also was the Assistant Director of the highly successful production of A Lesson Before Dying.
Ms. Miller is currently the music teacher and choral director at Christ Episcopal School (Covington, LA). She also serves as the Minister of Music and Youth/Young Adults at El Shaddi United Ministries (Slidell, LA). She mentors young girls through her mentorship and Bible Study group, The DIVA Collective. As a motivational speaker, she empowers people of all ages to pursue their life’s purpose…and tries to squeeze in a singing gig when available!