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 joins HCCA this season as 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.

Shelli Rimes, Youth Chorale Director

Shelli Rimes is director of the HCC Youth Chorale. She taught at Sparkman High School from 2002–2010 and was the assistant and accompanist for the Huntsville Children’s Chorus from 2002–2008. In 2009, she created a small ensemble of 9 young singers that has now blossomed into our HCC Youth Chorale with over 45 singers. Shelli has an enthusiastic teaching style that enables young singers to find a true love of choral music that will last a lifetime.

Stacy Daniels, Treble Chorale Director

Stacy Daniels has joined the HCCA artistic staff as the director of the Treble Chorale a singing group for grades 6 - 8. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance from University of Montevallo and is currently studying for a Master of Music Education/Choral Conducting with 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.

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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