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Philip L. Copeland  Associate Professor

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Phone: (205) 726-2486
Office: Swearingen Hall 318
Samford A Cappella Choir blog

B.M., University of Mississippi
M.M., Mississippi College
D.M.A., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Biographical Information

Dr. Philip Copeland is director of choral activities and associate professor. His focus is the A Cappella Choir, conducting and the music education curriculum. He previously led the choral program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for nine years. UAB choirs achieved national recognition through significant performances at conventions of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and American Choral Directors Association. He led the choir in two international choral competitions, the Fleischman International Choral Competition in Cork, Ireland, and the Florlilege Vocal de Tours in Tours, France. The choir won significant awards in both.

Copeland holds degrees in music education from the University of Mississippi and Mississippi College and the doctor of musical arts in conducting from Southern Baptist Seminary. He serves as director of music ministries at South Highland Presbyterian Church. Copeland also leads the newly formed Alabama Symphony Chorus in preparation for masterworks with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

International Choral Performance Awards: World Choral Olympics: Gold Medal and Category Winner: Category 23, Vocal Jazz, Unlimited Size—"Spirit of Ole Miss" Linz, Austria, July 2000  Florilege Vocal de Tours: Category winner, Tours, France, May 2005  Florilege Vocal de Tours: Prix du Ministere de la Culture, Tours, France, May 2005  Fleischman International Trophy Competition: Heinrich Schutz Perpetual Trophy, Cork, Ireland, May 2008    
Significant Performances Durufle Requiem, Carnegie Hall,  May 28, 2011.  Contracted by Mid-America Productions to guest conduct the New England Symphony Orchestra and a 200-member chorus in performance of Durufle’s Requiem.   ACDA Conference - Southern Regional, March 2010 - UAB Concert Choir National Collegiate Choral Organization - Conference - November 1, 2008 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition, Cork, Ireland - May 2008 Mozart Solemn Vespers, Carnegie Hall, May 9, 2006.   Contracted by Mid-America Productions to guest conduct the New England Symphony Orchestra and a 150-member chorus in performance of Mozart's Solemn Vespers.   ACDA Conference - Southern Regional - Charleston, WV - February 23, 2006 Florilège Vocal de Tours, May 2005  
Copeland, Philip.  “Digital Natives and Immigrant Conductors:  Catching Up and Reaching Out” Choral Journal (forthcoming).  As a supplement to that article, I created a website called that holds presentation notes, articles, videos, and other resources for the choral conductor.
Copeland, Philip.  “Fighting Irrelevancy:  Using Technological Tools to Stay Current in Today’s World” in Creator Magazine.  May 2010.
Copeland, Philip.  “Technology for the 21st Century Choir” Choral Journal December 2009. (23-30)
Copeland, Philip.  “” Choral Journal, September 2009. (57-58)
Copeland, Philip.  “A New Face for ACDA” Choral Journal October 2008. (64-67)