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ABOUT US

Artistic Directors

Dr. Alexandra Snyder Dunbar is an award-winning harpsichordist, pianist, and pedagogue.  She holds degrees from the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Interlochen Arts Academy. She received full scholarship as a resident in the C.V. Starr Fellows Program as a Doctoral Candidate at Juilliard in the harpsichord studio of Lionel Party. Solo performances with orchestra have included Orchestra 54, Dorian Baroque Orchestra, The Memphis Chamber Music Society, The Symphony of Westchester, and The Chamber Orchestra of New York. Dr. Dunbar has collaborated on performance projects with the The Dryden Ensemble, the Foundlings Ensemble, and The New York Philharmonic.  Dr. Dunbar is on music history faculty at the University of North Georgia and Athens Technical College. Dr. Dunbar teaches class piano and is an accompanist at Piedmont College in Georgia and has a lively studio of students on piano, guitar, violin, and harpsichord in Athens, Georgia. She is a faculty member in the Music Theory department at the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.

Jody Miller has an academic background in music education, but he studied recorder along the way to satisfy his passion for the instrument.  His teachers include Steve Rosenberg, Aldo Abreu, and Eva Legêne, but he credits harpsichordist Dr. Dana Ragsdale for early guidance in Baroque performance practice.  Miller conducts Lauda Musicam of Atlanta, a community collegium that performs multiple concerts each year.  In addition, he currently performs with Ritornello Baroque Ensemble and with Eighty-Eight & Eight, a contemporary music duo with Lisle Kulbach.  Miller has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, New Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, and Emory Baroque Artists.  Miller is music director for Mountain Collegium Early Music and Folk Music Workshop, and he also teaches at other workshops throughout the country.   You can keep up with his teaching and performing schedule at www.fippleflute.com.

The Ensemble

Adrin Akins is a countertenor and native Georgian.  He has been a frequent recitalist, guest soloist, and chamber singer in the Atlanta area for over 10 years.  Although he started his musical career as a French horn player, he later found his musical calling as a singer.  He has performed as a soloist with the Atlanta Choral Guild, Atlanta Schola Cantorum, and has made solo performances at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Decatur First United Methodist Church, and Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church.  He is a frequent soloist with Lauda Musicam of Atlanta.  Mr. Akins recently made his European debut with the Saarburg Festival in Saarburg, Germany.  He has studied voice with Dr. Stephanie Tingler at the University of Georgia at Athens, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Horn Performance.  

Marcy Brenner (viola da gamba) tried many musical instruments, including 11 years of piano lessons, recorder, violin, cello, and French horn, before finding her true love - Baroque Music. She took up harpsichord and viola da gamba while at Oberlin College and Conservatory in her late teens and went to Vienna on a Fulbright and on to Brussels to hone her craft.

 

After many years in Austria, Belgium, and Italy working as a free-lancer, playing concerts and making recordings in the rooms the music she loved was written for, Marcy returned to the States, where she resides in Northeast Florida. Marcy is a founding member of Savannah Baroque and plays in The Goliards and RareSong, sings in a women’s barbershop quartet and chorus, and appears with her teacher in his professional percussion ensemble Time to Drum