St. Luke United Methodist Hosts Concert Series In Memory Of Earl Miller

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Ladies of Lee (University) will present a concert on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 3210 Social Cir. The concert will be at no cost to the public and will be followed by a reception in Marshall Hall of the church. This is the first of The Earl Miller Memorial Concert Series to honor the legacy and outstanding contributions of Mr. Miller to music in the Chattanooga community and state of Tennessee.

The Ladies of Lee features the talents of approximately 40 women. Formed in 1965 by Mary Morris, the Ladies of Lee have become an international touring ensemble. Throughout their almost 45 years of ministry and service, the Ladies of Lee have been heard in churches, schools and assisted living communities. The Ladies also have performed at venues, such as Rock City, the United States Naval Academy and many other places across the U.S. and abroad, including Mexico, Europe, Israel, the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia, Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, Hawaii, Alaska and Washington, D.C. They have been featured performers at the Candlelight Christmas Evenings at the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina, for 20 years. Based on the vision of its founders, Ladies seeks to minister through singing and service. The choir has also appeared on the Lee College campus, at local churches in the Cleveland area and at Christian schools.

“We are honored to host a musical series in memory of Earl Miller,” said Sarah Strickland, St. Luke United Methodist music director. “He gave so much life to the world of music, and he would be proud that his vision and tradition are continuing through these community-wide concerts. It is a privilege to have the Ladies of Lee to open our series this year.” 

Mr. Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Tennessee Wesleyan College, a Bachelor of Music from University of Chattanooga and received his master’s degree in music from Columbia University in New York. He was a piano teacher at Cadek Conservatory of Music and an associate professor of music with Cadek Department of Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was a dedicated member of the Music Teachers Association, American Guild of Organists, Chattanooga Music Club, Chattanooga Music Teachers Association, Music Educators National Conference, Chattanooga Institute Noetic Sciences and the YMCA. Early in his career, he served as minister of music at Elizabeth Lee United Methodist Church and choral director for Gordon Lee High School. He then served as choir director and organist at St. Luke United Methodist for 37 years. After his retirement he was named music director emeritus.

The initial concert series was hosted in 1997 by Mr. Miller himself and featured 13 musicians and groups, including the Hale-Evans Duo, Nora Kyle Trio, Peter Temko and the Chattanooga Girls Choir. This year’s series also will highlight the talents of local and regional musicians with four concerts taking place at St. Luke throughout the year. Later dates and entertainers are currently under review. 

For information on the Earl Miller Concert Series, contact Sarah Strickland at 877-6447 or stlukemusicdirector@gmail.com.



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