Department of Music & Theatre
Dr. Ian Loeppky
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Ian Loeppky has been a 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, the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, 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 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 last spring appeared as a guest conductor with the Madison Honor Choir Girl’s Chorus, the Mississippi GirlChoir, the Huntsville Master Chorale, and his Alma Mater choir, the University of Manitoba Singers. Under his direction, the UNA Chamber Choir completed a highly acclaimed tour of Ireland in spring 2013, and will tour again to Italy in May of 2015.