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Leonard Rumery received his doctorate in conducting from Stanford University in 1976. He has played the recorder and other instruments for many years. He and his father Norman Rumery (now deceased) made guitars, harpsichords, virginals, psalteries and dulcimers during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Among other teaching assignments, he conducted choirs and taught doctoral courses in performance practice and choral literature at the University of Illinois from 1977 to 1982. In 1989 Dr. Rumery turned to the law. During the 1990's he worked primarily as a criminal prosecutor and was elected Piatt County State's Attorney in 2000. After retiring from the State's Attorney's Office in 2008, he pursues a small general legal practice. However, he has now returned to his musical roots, as well. He has studied making recorders on historical models with Tim Cranmore of Malvern, England, and he plans to offer a few handmade Stanesby and Bressan alto models, as well as Renaissance recorders based on originals by the Bassano family, now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. In addition, Dr. Rumery will offer high quality recorders by reputable European makers and other instruments as they become available, as well as selected music for recorders.
Click here to hear Dirait-on by Morten Lauridsen, performed by the Miller Legacy Chorus in the summer of 2007. The pianist is Judy Webb.