Dr. Philip L. Copeland, conductor
Dr. Philip Copeland is Associate Professor of Music at Samford University where he directs the internationally acclaimed A Cappella Choir.
Prior to his position at Samford, Copeland was Director of Choral Activities at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Choirs under Dr. Copeland’s direction have distinguished themselves on the national and international stage. His choir was featured in a solo performance at the 2010 conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Memphis, Tn as well as the November 2008 National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. In May 2008, the UAB choir won the Heinrich Schütz Perpetual Trophy for their performance of a work by the Baroque composer in the Fleischman International Choral Competition in Cork, Ireland. It was UAB’s second international competition; the first was participation in the 34th annual Florlilege Vocal de Tours in Tours, France. The choir won two awards at the French competition: the Prix Du Ministère de La Culture, an award given for best interpretation of a French choral work, and shared the top award in the Mixed Choirs Category. The France tour also featured performances in historic Notre Dame Cathedral and other local venues. Other notable performances include a solo performance at the Southern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in 2006.
Dr. Copeland serves on the editorial board of the ACDA Choral Journal and edits the "Technology Column." He formerly served as Chairman of Technology Committee for the American Choral Directors Association, one of six standing national committees. He is active on ChoralNet as both a frequent blogger and as Vice President of Web Operations. He frequently presents technology interest sessions at state, regional and national conferences of ACDA and MENC. He is married to Leigh and they have triplet eight-year old daughters, Catherine, Caroline, and Claire.