Stephanie Nash has been the Director of Music at Lakeside Presbyterian Church since 2006, where she oversees the music program, conducts three choirs and teaches a class called “Tuning Faith: Choral Music for Church Services”. Stephanie also works with other choirs in the Cincinnati area. She is in her 20th season as a singer and the assistant conductor of the Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati’s professional choir. She also conducts the Northern Kentucky Community Chorus and Kol Rinah (at Isaac M. Wise Temple). Stephanie serves on two regional boards: Marketing/Public Relations Chair for the Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium and she is the Area 5 Ohio State Chair for the Handbell Musicians of America. As a music educator, Stephanie has taught in the public schools in Florida and Ohio as well as conducted choirs and taught music education courses at the University of Florida, University of Cincinnati and Miami University. Stephanie holds a BME and MM in Music Education from the University of Florida and has completed doctoral studies in Choral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati. Stephanie lives in Cincinnati, with her husband, Keith and their son, Andrew.
Thom Miles is the organist at Lakeside Presbyterian Church and the Organist/Director of Music at Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, Ohio. Thom holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Colorado State University. He also received the Premier Prix in Organ from the Montreal Conservatory of Music. He did additional study at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Major teachers have included Robert Cavarra, Bernard Lagacé and Roberta Gary.
In 2005 he played a key role in the preservation and restoration of the 1866 Koehnken & Co. organ in the Plum Street Temple. Thom recorded on this historic instrument for Arsis Audio immediately after the restoration (Arsis CD 157). He has also recorded the three Organ Sonatas of Paul Hindemith and Four Preludes on Jewish Tunes by William Bolcom on the Noack organ at Lakeside. (Arsis CD 169). Thom and his wife, Roberta Gary, are both certified Andover Educators and present workshops on the topic of Body Mapping. Both Miles and Gary made a contribution to the book What Every Pianist Needs to Know About the Body with Supplementary Material for Organists (GIA Publications).
Claire Miller has been on staff at Lakeside since 2014. Her duties and ministry at Lakeside vary greatly; serving as the administrative assistant during office hours, and as the Children’s Education Coordinator and Assistant Music Director during other ‘church hours.’ Claire’s duties involve directing the celebration choir and children’s handbell program along with managing and providing guidance to Lakeside’s church school programming.
Claire holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Miami University. While at Miami her primary focus was piano performance, but her studies also included vocal performance, conducting, and music pedagogy. She has applied her education background in many different facets outside her work at Lakeside. Before joining Lakeside’s staff, she taught elementary & middle school music at St. Agnes Catholic School in Ft. Wright, KY, worked for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, and has also instructed area marching bands. Claire is the director of the Northern Kentucky Satellite Chorus; a branch of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, has a small private piano studio as well as performs ‘run out’ accompanying gigs.
In her limited spare time, Claire can be found in any of the area thrift or consignment stores looking for deals. Her guilty pleasures involve excessive trips to Panera and other fast food ventures. She lives in Erlanger, KY, with her musical husband, Chris, and their potentially musical children, James and Helen.