October 3 – 11th Annual Fall Lecture Series Presenting: Dr. Stephen Miller’s Nature, National Parks, and Shape-note Singing

The Friends of Moccasin Bend would like to announce the second speaker in our three part series, Dr. Stephen Miller, Music Professor at The University of the South! His lecture is:

The Sound of Music in Cades Cove: Nature, National Parks, and Shape-note Singing

The Friends of the Bend welcome Dr. Miller to Chattanooga! Shape-note Singing is a truly southern tradition that has strong roots around Chattanooga. This lecture will be fascinating and fun. Join us at The Camp House to hear and learn more about this tradition and to explore its “sympathetic vibrations” with natural areas like our National Parks.

Doors Open 6:30 PM

Lecture Begins 7:00 PM

The Friends are excited to partner with The Camp House to present this year’s lecture series in a new and informal setting. The Camp House is a multipurpose space at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Lindsay Street, at the crossroads of the MLK, City Center, and UTC in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Arrive early not only to get a good seat but also to enjoy a craft beer, glass of wine, cup of coffee or tea along with a bite to eat. Come be part of the community of park advocates, history buffs, students, and other like-minded neighbors who support the National Park Service and the Friend’s mission!

More about the Lecture:

Everybody knows the South bequeathed jazz and rock’n’roll to the world, but another, older southern musical legacy is less well known. Shape-note, or Sacred Harp, singing is a kind of rural, participatory, a cappella, LOUD music that has now emerged out of the South and may be heard across the US, 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. Stephen R. Miller will explore “sympathetic vibrations” between natural areas and Sacred Harp singing.



More about Dr. Miller:

Miller serves as Chair of the Music Department at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and, among many other publications, has a book on a cappella music of the Italian Baroque forthcoming in early 2017. Miller is an avid participant in shape-note singings around the Southeast.

Link to Facebook Event

Link to 11th Annual Lecture Series Brochure

Proud of Generous Underwriter Greg Vital:Greg A. Vital_Outside

Greg A. Vital is co-founder, president, and CEO of Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, and Morning Pointe assisted living and senior services, based in Chattanooga. Mr. Vital is strongly committed to preservation, conservation, and national parks advocacy. He is active in and has served on the boards of the Tennessee Aquarium, Trust for Public Land, Tennessee Preservation Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, and National Parks Conservation Association. In 1996, he was honored by Friends of the Park with the Drew Haskins Award, for his outstanding service to the National Parks and for his support in seed funding for the volunteer program and Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. A longtime board member of the Friends of Moccasin Bend, Mr. Vital originated the Fall Lecture Series in 2006 to promote the Friends and offer the public a way to learn more about the history of the Bend, the Chattanooga area, and the National Park Service.