Jody Miller earned both the bachelor and master of music education degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. He studied horn with Dennis Behm and Brian Stiffler, flute with Sharon Lebsack and Meri Ford Malloy, and clarinet with Wilbur Moreland. He has studied recorder with Eva Legene, Aldo Abreu, Steve Rosenberg, Tricia van Oers, and Frances Blaker. He has also taken masterclasses with Hugo Reyne and Marion Verbruggen.
Mr. Miller has taught band at McCleskey Middle School since he graduated from college in 1992. During that time he has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band classes, jazz band, French horn ensemble, flute choir, clarinet choir, and numerous other groups. He was also the founding director of the McCleskey Middle School Recorder Ensemble. This ensemble performed three times at the Boston Early Music and Exhibition and received outstanding reviews for their performances of music written specifically for recorder ensemble. Additionally, Mr. Miller has taught at several band camps and clinics in the Southeast. He has conducted honor bands at UGA, in Georgia, and in Louisiana.
Mr. Miller has a large studio of private recorder students in the Atlanta area, teaches applied recorder at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and was director of the Emory Early Music Ensemble at Emory University for ten years, and has taught early music and recorder workshops around the Southeast. His "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. Miller reviews contemporary and educational compositions for the American Recorder, which is the journal of the American Recorder Society.
Mr. Miller performs regularly with Ritornello Baroque Ensemble s in addition to giving regular solo performances on recorder. He works closely with composer Timothy Broege and has given several premier performances of Broege's compositions, including a June 2001 performance of Broege's Two-Part Elegy for LaNoue Davenport at the Boston Early Music Festival. Broege s latest composition for recorder, Sonata da chiesa for recorder and organ, was dedicated to Mr. Miller and received its premier in Atlanta at St. Bartholomew s Episcopal Church. Mr. Miller is specifically interested in contemporary chamber music for recorder and collaborates regularly with other musicians in the Atlanta area. He continues to play horn and flute and he currently plays horn with the Cobb Wind Symphony. Mr. Miller can be heard performing on the compact disc recording Charpenteir: "Messe de Minuit" with New Trinity Baroque (2007 Edition Lilac) and is currently working on a new compact disc recording of the complete recorder works of Timothy Broege.