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Pamela Miller

October 15, 1945 - July 2, 2016



Pamela Sue Miller was born in Montgomery, WV, the daughter of Joe and Wanda Miller.
 
She spent her early years in Ashland, KY where she developed an interest in music.  During her high school years she studied organ with Robert Doss and served as his assistant organist at the First Methodist Church.  Because of his influence she attended and graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree.  She completed her Masters of Music degree at Redlands University in California.  After graduation she moved to Los Angeles and took a position as organist-choir director at Wilshire Christian Church and also established a piano studio.  She also worked as accompanist in the Santa Monica School District.
 
Pam moved to Salem, Oregon in 1985 and served as organist at the Christian Science Church.
Later she was organist at First Presbyterian Church for 16 years.  Pam quickly developed a large organ and piano studio.  Her students have won numerous awards both locally and nationally.  She was known as an expert in the field of Baroque music.  She served as President of the Salem District of OMTA, State Syllabus Chairman, State Bach Chairman and State Ensemble Chairman.
 
She is survived by her sister, Carolyn Alexander of Orlando, FL and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
Pam taught in Salem for 31 years and was a great influence in the music community because of her love and dedication to her students.  She will be greatly missed.
 
Funeral Services will be 4:00pm Thursday, July 7, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church of Salem, OR.

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Mrs. Miller was my piano teacher. She had high standards and motivated me to reach levels of playing I didn't know I was capable of achieving. Thank you for your dedication.



So sorry to hear this news. Pam was a great influence on our son, Micah and, at age 5, was his first piano teacher.  She will forever be a wonderful part of our family history in Salem, Oregon. 
Our thoughts & prayers extended to all her family & friends. 
Jeff & Patty Rarick
 



Sad to hear of Pam's passing. I was fortunate to have Pam as my piano teacher for several years. When my husband and I got married, she and my violin teacher played at the reception...special memory!



Thanks for the wonderful music both in church and lessons.



I grew up in the Presbyterian Church in Salem and had the pleasure of listening to Pam's preludes and postludes every Sunday. While most left the sanctuary to head to the fellowship hall, I sat and listened to her play. She was a master of her craft and so beautifully talented. She will be greatly missed!  



It was so sad to hear of Pam's passing. She was such a talented beauty. Who I'm sure will be missed by many. I'm sharing a photo taken of Pam in Princeton, WV at her grandmothers house.

I'm a first maternal cousin. Evelyn Carmon was my mother.