Julius Augustus Miller, II, 81 years young, of Absecon, New Jersey, died in his sleep Saturday, November 11, 2017. Julius was born on July 7, 1936 in New York, New York, to Gladys Helana (Dillard) Miller and Leon A. Miller. He has known Cynthia Aleta (Barts) Miller since 1948, and made her his bride in 1960 in New York City.
Julius played the viola since eleven years of age, and decided to pursue a career in classical music. He graduated from the High School of Music and Art (currently Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School), New York, New York, in 1954. Four years later, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and became a member of the Kappa Gamma Psi fraternity. He received a Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he translated a biography of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from French to English. He earned a second Master's degree in musicology from Rutgers University in the mid-1960s. From here, he began a 30-year career in music performance and teaching. He went on tour across America with vocal jazz artist Nat King Cole. For twelve years he performed with the Symphony of the New World, the first racially integrated symphony in the United States, under the conductor Leopold Stokowski, and earned the position of librarian. During that time, he also performed in the orchestra for the Broadway musical 1776. He continued his career in New Jersey, as an assistant professor at Stockton State College (currently Stockton University), and as an orchestra member at Resorts and Bally's for performers such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Tony Bennett. Julius played in many locations including Sing Sing Correctional Facility, the Palace Cathedral for Reverend Ike's religious service, and the Apollo Theater for James Brown. He finished his music career teaching in New York City Public Schools, performing at the Church of St. Mark and All Saints, and playing small events.
Julius is preceded in death by: parents, Gladys Helana (Dillard) Miller and Leon A. Miller.
Julius is survived by: beloved wife, Cynthia Aleta (Barts) Miller; daughter, Celestine nee (Miller) Jeffreys; her husband Derek Jeffreys; their sons, Zachariah Jeffreys and Caleb Jeffreys.
Services will be 1PM, Friday, November 24, 2017, Church of St. Mark & All Saints, 429 South Pitney Road, Galloway, New Jersey, where friends may call from 12PM. Service officiated by Reverend Terry O'Connor and Deacon Thomas Sweeney.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.