Dr. Ian Loeppky, Artistic Director
Dr. Ian Loeppky joined the HCC artistic staff as Associate Artistic Director in July 2017, and assumes the role of Artistic Director this season. Dr. Loeppky is Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Alabama. He directs the two elite choral ensembles at UNA and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting, choral techniques, world music, and graduate choral literature. Founder of the Florence Camerata, he has worked as a singer, scholar, conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and arranger in Canada, the United States, and Portugal.
Dr. Michael Weinberg, Associate Artistic Director
Dr. Michael Weinberg is the HCC Associate Artistic Director. Together with Artistic Director Dr. Ian Loeppky, Dr. Weinberg will provide leadership for both the flagship Symphonic Chorus and the elite Chamber Chorale. Dr. Weinberg currently serves as Director of Choirs at the Randolph School in Huntsville, and has also led numerous collegiate and high school ensembles in the DC area, Philadelphia, New Haven, and Boston
Billy Orton, Emeritus Artistic Director
Billy Orton served as Artistic Director from 2002 to 2019, bringing great energy and creativity to HCCA. We are honored to have him continue his association with TheChorus as Emeritus Artistic Director. Billy is minister of music and worship at Huntsville’s First Baptist Church, and makes music—either as conductor, chorus master, singer, or trombonist—with a number of area groups.
Eric Wilson, Principal Accompanist
Dr. Eric Wilson is accompanist for TheChorus and the Chamber Chorale. He has been recognized throughout Alabama as a pianist and accompanist par excellence. He is known in the HCCA for his musical sensitivity, his clear tenor voice, and for filling in the solo lines until the soloists show up! Eric is director of music ministry at Epworth United Methodist Church.
Dr. Matthew Carey, Youth Chorale Director
Dr. Matthew Carey joins us this season as the director of the Huntsville Community Chorus Youth Chorale. He is no stranger to HCCA, having been a guest conductor with the Chamber Chorale in 2016.
Dr. Carey is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Originally from Washington State, Dr. Carey taught high school vocal music for 4 years after receiving his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Oregon and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University.
Stacy Daniels, Treble Chorale Director
Stacy Daniels is the director of the Huntsville Community Chorus Treble Chorale. A graduate of the University of Montevallo, Mr. Daniels received Bachelor of Music degrees in Choral Music Education & Vocal Performance. Mr. Daniels also received the Master of Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from The Florida State University. Currently he is the Choral Director for Buckhorn Middle and High Schools in New Market and is the Director of Children’s & Youth Choirs at Huntsville First United Methodist Church in Huntsville. Mr. Daniels is an active member of the Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Vocal Association, National Association for Music Education, and the American Choral Directors Association. Currently, Mr. Daniels serves as Vice President of the Madison County Choral Directors Association.
Lea Hoppe, Children's Chorale Director
Lea Hoppe is director of the Huntsville Community Chorus Children’s Chorale. She is elementary music specialist at Randolph School. Lea has more than 25 years’ experience working with children’s choirs and was the 2010 recipient of the Harold J. Wilson Music Educator of the Year award given by the Huntsville Youth Orchestra.
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