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Laude Musicam performs on period instruments for Covington concert

Jody Miller

Jody Miller

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Lauda Musicam, a group which plays Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music on period instruments, will perform a free concert at Good Shepherd Episcopal in Covington on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m.

Lords and ladies from far and near, hear ye, hear ye. Everyone is invited to attend an upcoming free concert featuring music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods performed by the renowned Lauda Musicam of Atlanta at The Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal in Covington next month.

"We enjoy being able to bring our specialized music to the community," Lauda Musicam director Jody Miller said.

Miller said the group is looking forward to performing at Good Shepherd Episcopal, the church of one of its members, George Councill. The concert is Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. The concert is free, but donations are accepted. Following the service, Lauda Musicam will host what the group calls a "petting zoo," in which guests can get a close look at the unusual instruments the group uses.

The 35-member Lauda Musicam of Atlanta performs using period instruments such as recorders, viols, harpsichord, sackbuts, shawms, harps, crumhorns, cornettos and percussion. Uncommon Practice, an a capella vocal ensemble specializing in music before Bach's "common practice" period, will also perform at the concert.

Miller, who holds bachelor's and master's of music education degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, has a large studio of private recorder students in the Atlanta area. He teaches applied recorder at Agnes Scott College in Decatur and has taught early music and recorder workshops throughout the Southeast.

Miller's "Gnome Assembly Music" for recorder quintet was published by Loux Music Publishing. He has served as president of the Atlanta Early Music Alliance, and as president and music director of the Atlanta Recorder Society. He has also reviewed contemporary and education compositions for the American Recorder and served as education editor for the same publication.

In addition to his position as director of bands at McCleskey Middle School in Marietta, Miller was the founding director of the school's recorder ensemble, which has performed three times at the Boston Early Music and Exhibition.

Lauda Musicam's leader served as director of the Emory Early Music Ensemble from 2000 to 2009. The ensemble acquired a collection of early instruments which were all replicas of instruments used in music performed prior to 1750.

The ensemble grew to more than 50 members in a Baroque orchestra and a Renaissance band. The ensemble performed as part of Emory's Founders Week and was featured regular in the Bach Celebration of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atlanta.

Miller is a regular faculty member of the Mountain Collegium Music Workshop and the Atlanta Early Music Alliance Mid-Winter Workshop as a teacher of Renaissance and Baroque winds, strings, keyboards and voice. Since 2011, he has been director of the Mountain Collegium Workshop.

Lauda Musicam's beginnings include serving as the early music ensemble-in-residence at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. After being defunct for a number of years, the group was reorganized primarily by members of the former Emory Early Music Ensemble and performs for church services throughout the year, as well as two annual concerts.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 4140 Clark St. in Covington.

Beth Sexton is a freelance writer based in Loganville, Ga. If you have a story idea, contact Karen Rohr, features editor, at karen.rohr@rockdalecitizen.com.