Georgia Magazine - April 2017 - 20
Atlanta Opera tenor Timothy Miller
takes the field at SunTrust Park
tlanta Braves fans will see a
lot of new things in this year's
inaugural season at SunTrust
Park in Cobb County. New paint.
New seats. New players. But baseball
is a game of tradition, after all, so
there will be some familiar names on
Peanuts and hot dogs will still be
in the concession booths. Fans will
still stand up in the middle of the
seventh inning to stretch. On Sunday
afternoons, as they take part in that
storied ritual, they'll see-and hear-
a familiar presence on the field.
Atlanta Opera tenor Timothy
Miller will be standing there, magnificent in his tuxedo, leading the
crowd in the most patriotic of tunes:
"God Bless America." This tradition,
born in many ballparks after the 9/11
terror attacks, is one that Miller, 35, is
pleased to continue from the Braves'
past seasons at Turner Field.
"I love to sing," he says. "I
love to share the gift that I've
been given. It's meant to be
Miller, the son of a Baptist
preacher, grew up in Augusta
and first honed his musical
Top: Timothy Miller sings "God Bless America" at
chops in his father's church,
Turner Field. Above: Miller brings a familiar presHarmony Baptist. When he
ence to the new SunTrust Park as construction
was 12 years old, his mother
"dragged him" to see worldrenowned soprano and fellow
Augusta native Jessye Norman in
The Academy of Richmond County.
concert at Paine College in Augusta.
By his junior year, he'd added choIt was not what he expected.
rus to his lineup, singing with the
"I didn't know that much about
All-State Chorus and the Creative
opera, but I could not believe that
Impressions community choral enit was possible for a human being
semble in Augusta.
to make a sound that beautiful,"
After graduation, he attended
Paine College, where the voice major
His love for music persisted
met his wife, Iuyana. He transferred
through middle and high school; he
to Morehouse College in Atlanta,
played the alto saxophone and was
where he continued his music studa member of the marching band at
ies and was part of Morehouse's
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