Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Ian Loeppky has been an Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Alabama since the fall of 2003. His studies began at the University of Manitoba, continued at the University of Minnesota with Kathy Romey, and finished at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati with Earl Rivers and Stephen Coker. He has also studied with Helmuth Rilling, Dale Warland, Frieder Bernius, Martin Isepp, Charles Bruffy, and Bobby McFerrin. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Convention, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Alabama Vocal Association, the International Federation for Choral Music, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He is currently the editor for the Alabama Reprise (the semi- annual publication of the Alabama chapter of ACDA.)
Loeppky has worked as a singer, scholar, conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and arranger in Canada, the United States, and Portugal. He directs all three choral ensembles at UNA and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting, choral techniques, world music, and graduate choral literature. In addition, he directs the choir at Trinity Episcopal Church in Florence, is founder and artistic director of Florence Camerata, and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the region and internationally. He is a frequent contributor to the Choral Journal and the Alabama Reprise, and this spring appeared as a guest conductor with the Madison Honor Choir Girl’s Chorus, the Mississippi GirlChoir, and the Huntsville Master Chorale. Most recently, he had the privilege of sharing the podium with Dr. Elroy Friesen in concert with their Alma Mater choir, the University of Manitoba Singers. Under his direction, all three UNA choruses will appear at this year’s Alabama Music Educators Association In-Service Conference.
Christopher-Joel Carter, IV
Christopher-Joel Carter is a pianist of most exquisite versatility and a master of genres. His virtuosic and diverse playing has taken him around the world and has made him a favorite among locals and celebrities alike. From composing choral music that has been premiered in Carnegie Hall, and the Bass Performance Hall, to performing for royalty, Christopher’s joyous and happy disposition is reflected in his compositions and performances. In 2008 Christopher- Joel won first place in the Liberace Piano Competition Showmanship division, and is the reigning champion. He is a regular in the Las Vegas music scene and has performed there as the headlining pianist at the M Resort. Most recently, Christopher-Joel was the featured pianist and entertainer for the weeklong celebration of Liberace’s 91st birthday at the Liberace Museum and Foundation. Christopher was chosen to be the Master of Ceremonies and guest pianist during the Celebration Finale Concert. He is in demand as a concert pianist, accompanist, composer, and organist which keeps him traveling over 250 days a year. Christopher-Joel is the accompanist for the Florence Camerata, and also is a professional organist. When “at home” in Alabama, he lends his time to numerous civic and community efforts. Christopher began his musical training at the age of five, and studied with local teachers of his hometown, Albertville, Alabama. He focused on the Southern Gospel style, Jazz, and Liberace-influenced improvisational styles. At the age of fifteen, Christopher-Joel began formal classical training, continuing through his college years, leading him to also major in organ performance and also concentrations on musical composition. In March 2010, Christopher released his first studio-produced self-titled album.