Truro native set to make debut at Carnegie Hall

Raissa Tetanish
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'I hadn’t really thought about performing there quite so soon'

MONTREAL – Jana Miller never expected to be making a debut at Carnegie Hall so early in her career.

But that’s exactly what the soprano is doing on Dec. 18.

“It’s an amazing opportunity,” said the Truro native, now 27 years old, who will be performing Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with The Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra in New York.

“It’s one of my favourite pieces to perform at Christmas time.”

The opportunity came about when Miller sang for the chorus master of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, who also has a choir in New Jersey that performs at Carnegie Hall each year.

He invited Miller to audition, then told her he’d like her to perform ‘Messiah’ on the 18th.

“When I heard that, I thought, ‘wow, what an amazing opportunity,’” she said.

Over the past few months, the Montreal resident has been performing various solos and also performed in Rome this past summer.

She never dreamed, however, of being onstage at Carnegie Hall at this point in her life.

“Obviously it’s a very big deal, but I haven’t really been thinking about it. I hadn’t really thought about performing there quite so soon.”

Performing ‘Messiah’ three times before the New York stage, Miller said she would be very prepared for the performance.

“I’m trying to treat it like any other performance,” she said. “If I think too much about it, I’m afraid of getting nervous. I’m sure I will be excited and jittery.”

The chorus and orchestra will be performing on the Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage, which seats 2,804 audience members in five curvilinear levels.

“I know it’s sold out every year,” said Miller of the performance. “It should be a good show.”

While it has been more than a year since Miller has been home to Truro to perform, she is hoping to make it back for a spring show. Throughout the years, she has received tremendous support from both the Nova Scotia Talent Trust and the MacLennan Foundation.

For more information on Miller, visit; for more on the Carnegie Hall performance, visit

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Carnegie Hall, The Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra

Geographic location: Truro, New York, New Jersey Montreal Rome

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