Philip L. Copeland
Professor, Conducting, A Cappella Choir, Bells of Buchanan
School of the Arts
Division of Music, Vocal and Choral
Office: 120 Buchanan Hall
Phone: 205-726-2486

Philip L. Copeland, conductor, is Professor of Music and is in his ninth year as Director of Choral Activities at Samford University. He also serves as conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus and previously led the choral program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2001-2010. Choirs under his direction have distinguished themselves on the national and international stage, winning significant awards in eight international competitions and performing concerts in conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (2006, 2010, 2018), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (2008, 2013) and on the stage of Carnegie Hall (2006, 2011). Dr. Copeland recently celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary with Tracy and together they raise their six children: Catherine Copeland (15), Caroline Copeland (15), Claire Copeland (15), Caroline Owens (16), Claire Owens (12), and Catelyn Owens (10).

Degrees and Certifications

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


  • A Cappella Choir
  • Conducting
  • Choral music education

Awards and Honors

  • International Choral Performance Awards:
  • Significant Performances


  • 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)