Johna Miller is a NYC-based singer and actress. Born and raised in rural North Dakota, Johna brings a unique perspective to her work with her small-town roots and city sensibilities. With a degree in vocal performance and years of experience in musical theater, she brings an uncommon blend of finely-honed musicianship and theatrical acumen to her craft. This has given Johna the flexibility to be cast in shows ranging from pop-rock musicals to operetta.
Johna earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota School of Music studying under Jean del Santo. After graduating, she was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition. Johna continues her diverse training: musical theater voice studies with Tony-nominated actress Melissa Hart, vocal coaching with Brett Schrier, and acting craft with Raye Birk at The Guthrie Theater’s Actor’s Workout.
Johna just returned from Japan after performing a 60-concert tour with the Orchestra Japan in Disney on Classic. The concert featured the score of Disney’s Frozen and Johna performed the role of Princess Anna. Recent credits include the national tour of Jekyll & Hyde, Mel in Pretty People Suck at Arc Stages Satellite, and Shy in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Old Log Theatre. Other favorite roles include Cosette in Les Misérables, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and Elsie in The Yeomen of the Guard. Throughout her career, Johna has served several churches as a soloist and section leader. Soprano solos in oratorio performances include the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, the Vivaldi Gloria, and the Rutter Gloria.
When her touring and performance schedule allows, Johna teaches private piano and voice lessons. She has also worked as a musical director, directing a 100-person cast of Beauty and the Beast Jr.
When she isn’t performing, Johna enjoys water-skiing (having been on a water-ski show team for 10 years), cooking (currently in love with all recipes involving a pressure cooker), and playing piano.