University of Kentucky Men's Chorus
The University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus is a 85-voice ensemble begun in the Fall of 2002. Rehearsing twice weekly and touring frequently, the majority of the members are non-music majors. The UK Men’s Chorus performed at the ACDA National Conventions in Salt Lake City (2015) and Chicago (2013). They were featured at the ACDA Southern Division Conventions in Winston-Salem (2012) and Louisville (2008). The group performed at the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) National Conventions in Charleston, SC (2013) and San Antonio (2006). They also appeared at the 2010 and 2016 Intercollegiate Male Choruses National Seminars in Miami, OH and Champaign, IL, respectively. The UK Men’s Chorus is dedicated to promoting and celebrating male singing at all stages and for all ages.
Jefferson Johnson is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kentucky where he conducts the University Chorale and Men's Chorus. He also teaches advanced choral conducting, choral methods and literature, and directs the graduate program (MM and DMA degrees) in choral music. Dr. Johnson has conducted honor choruses and been a clinician in 33 states and 10 countries. University of Kentucky choirs under his direction have toured internationally and have performed at over 20 conventions of choral music educators. In 2017 Johnson’s student, Cameron Weatherford, won first place in the ACDA National Conducting Competition. Also in 2017 Johnson was named the third recipient of the “Distinguished Choral Alumnus Award” from the University of Colorado. In December of 2013 the acoUstiKats, a select ensemble from the UK Men’s Chorus, were chosen as finalists on NBC’s a cappella competition “The Sing Off.”
Appalachian State University Singers
Dr. Stephen M. Hopkins is Director of Choral Activities in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, a position he has held since 1992. He conducts the Chamber Singers and University Singers and teaches choral conducting, choral techniques, and choral literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His previous teaching experience includes two years as Director of Choral Activities at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas and seven years of public school teaching in Tennessee and Texas. Dr. Hopkins is a frequent guest clinician and adjudicator. An active composer and arranger, his compositions have been published by Hinshaw Music, Inc. and Carl Fischer.
University Singers is one of six choral ensembles in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. A select ensemble that performs a repertoire of diverse genres and styles, it has appeared in concert several times at the North Carolina Music Educators Association Conference, and has performed at American Choral Directors Association Southern Division conferences in 2004 (Nashville) and 2012 (Winston-Salem), and at the national conference in 2005 (Los Angeles). Additionally, the ensemble has provided promotional recordings for Hinshaw Music, Inc. Comprised mostly of music majors, membership in the group is open by audition to all university students, regardless of major.
Samford A Cappella Choir
Samford University’s A Cappella Choir was founded in 1939. For the past seven years, the choir’s campus performances have been centered around a monthly service of Vespers, a worship event that formally combines the university’s sacred spaces and Christian mission. In addition to these services and other concerts, the choir frequently competes in international competitions, including the Ave Verum competition (Baden, Austria in 2014) and the Florilége Vocal de Tours (Tours, France in 2012, 2014). In May 2016, the choir toured Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in a trip that included participation in the international choir festival ŠIAULIAI CANTAT, winning top scores in every category entered, the prize of the audience, and the Grand Prix.
Philip L. Copeland is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Samford University. Choirs under his direction have distinguished themselves on the national and international stage, winning significant awards in seven international competitions and performing concerts in three division conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and two gatherings of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. He is also Director of Music at South Highland Presbyterian Church and conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He is recently married to Tracy and together they raise their six children: Catherine(14), Caroline (14), Claire (14), Caroline (14), Claire (11), and Catelyn (9).
Middle Tennessee State University Women's Chorale
The MTSU Women’s Chorale provides female students from across the university with an opportunity to sing. Although half of the singers are music majors, the other half represent many different fields of study including psychology, theatre, and aerospace. An unauditioned ensemble, the Chorale performs at least two concerts each semester, and its repertoire includes a variety of styles from Baroque to Broadway. In the spring of 2017 they collaborated with musicians from MTSU’s Center for Chinese Music and Culture. The Chorale has performed for the Tennessee Music Education Association, the Nashville chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and for the state holocaust memorial observance. This is their first appearance at an ACDA conference.
Angela Tipps conducts the MTSU Women’s Chorale, teaches basic and choral conducting, and oversees the university’s music appreciation courses. She is a past president of Tennessee ACDA and served as the state R & S chair for women’s choirs as well as state membership chair. Angela is the founding Musical Director of the Nashville Chamber Singers, an auditioned ensemble that performs unaccompanied choral music. They have been recorded for NPR’s Performance Today, and were invited to perform at the 2012 national AGO convention. In addition, Angela is the Organist and Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she conducts the adult and youth choirs and oversees the children’s choir.
The University of Georgia Hodgson Singers
The international award-winning UGA Hodgson Singers serves as the premiere ambassadorial choral ensemble of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. The choir has performed by invitation in recent years with for the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Convention, Georgia Music Educators Association, and in concert with Kathleen Battle, The Knights Chamber Orchestra, and The Kings Singers, with whom it has co-commissioned a new choral work by Nico Muhly. In 2014 it was the Grand Prix winner at The International Choral Competition Ave Verum in Baden, Austria. The choir released its first internationally distributed recording, Grace Immaculate: Prayers and Love Songs, on the Gothic Records label in June 2017.
Daniel Bara is the John D. Boyd UGA Foundation Professor of Choral Music and the Director of Choral Activities at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. There he oversees seven university choral ensembles as well as the graduate choral conducting program. His choirs have performed by juried invitation for state, regional, and national conventions of ACDA, MENC, and IMC, and his former conducting students hold appointments at leading collegiate, school, and church music programs throughout the country. Dr. Bara holds the DMA degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, organ and conducting degrees from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy.
Western Kentucky University Chorale
Primarily an undergraduate ensemble and representing numerous majors on campus, the Western Kentucky University Chorale seeks to build community through the diligent and earnest pursuit of artistic expression, with an emphasis on exploring human to human connections (member to member, conductor to composer, ensemble to audience, poet to composer, etc.). We affirm the power of the human voice raised individually and as an ensemble to have meaningful, communicative power. The WKU Chorale has performed at several state MENC performances (2006, 2010, 2014). This is their first appearance at an ACDA convention. In addition to annual regional tours, the ensemble has traveled to Italy (2008), Spain (2015) and Costa Rica (May 2018).
Grateful that the muse plucked him from the corporate world in the early nineties, Dr. Paul Hondorp is Director of Choral Activities at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Hondorp has presented/guest conducted in numerous states and, internationally, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Honduras, Canada and Costa Rica – the latter through ACDA’s International Conductors Exchange Program (October 2017). He served as KY-ACDA President, having served other state/divisional posts. He is a member of the Dallas-based professional ensemble Vox Humana. Professional recording credits include projects with Vox Humana and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus. His textbook/CD for choral methods and conducting classes, Choral Error Detection: Exercises for Developing Musicianship (Carl Fischer, 2015) is in its second printing.