Posted by Sean Flynt on 2010-05-20

Samford University's School of the Arts announced today that Dr. Philip Copeland has been appointed to its faculty as director of choral activities and associate professor. Copeland’s focus will be the A Cappella Choir, conducting, and music education curriculum.


"Philip Copeland is the right person to continue the legacy of Samford A Cappella and build new traditions for the future," said School of the Arts Dean Joseph Hopkins. "He is a nationally recognized leader among choral conductors, and he has a tremendous heart for teaching and ministry."

Copeland previously was at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he led the choral program for nine years.  UAB Choirs achieved national recognition through significant performances at conventions of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He also led the choir to participate 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 at both competitions.

Copeland currently serves as chairman of ACDA's Technology Committee and the ChoralNet board of directors and frequently presents sessions at state, regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association in the area of technology.  He also serves as director of music ministries at Birmingham's South Highland Presbyterian Church.

This fall, Copeland will lead the newly formed Alabama Symphony Chorus in preparation for masterworks with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.