Stephen Miller, Professor of Music at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, will be one of the keynote speakers for the Moccasin Bend National Park 11th Annual Fall Lecture Series in Chattanooga, TN. This series will be celebrating the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service. On Monday, October 3, Dr. Miller will be sharing his love of nature and music as they join with one another in an older southern musical legacy known as Shapenote, or Sacred Harp singing. It is a kind of rural, participatory, a cappella, LOUD music that has now emerged out of the South and may be heard across the U.S., around the world, and in recent films such as Cold Mountain and Lawless. Shape-note singers often gravitate toward historical settings, sometimes near or in national parks, including the celebrated Cades Cove. Miller will explore the “sympathetic vibrations” between nature areas and Sacred Harp singing.
Miller serves as Chair of the Music Department at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and, among many other publications, has a book on the cappella music of the Italian Baroque forthcoming in early 2017. Miller is an avid participant in shape-note singings around the Southeast.