Composer In Residence
Connor Koppin, Composer-in-Residence composer of choral music living and writing in Des Moines, IA.
Here is how you pronounce my last name (for those that are wondering):
Ko (koh)- pPIN (peen) (stress the 2nd syllable)
My works have been worthy of winning awards as well as being considered “exceptionally crafted” (Melisma) with the ability to closely tie music and text. My compositional output consists primarily of choral music but also includes works for instrumental ensembles, film scores, and songwriting.
I've been commissioned by reputable ensembles like The Wartburg Choir, Luther College Collegiate Chorale, Luther College Norsemen,The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, and The Central Bucks West Choir. I'm looking forward to writing for several choirs this year including- Theodore Brimeyer and the Urbandale High School Men's Choir, Benjamin Murray and the Fox Chapel Madrigal Singers, The Wartburg Choir and Dr. Lee Nelson, and serving as Composer-in-Residence for The Master Singers of Eau-Claire, WI.
My piece, “There Will Come Soft Rains” was the winner of the inaugural Capital Hearings Young Composer’s Competition in 2014. My music has been included in reading sessions at the following conferences: TCDA, ICDA, MCDA, and WCDA. Some of my scores are currently published with Walton Music, Morning Star Music Publishers, ECS publishing, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Music Spoke, Hal Leonard, and CJKMusic. I also am a teacher of choral music. I have taught vocal music for 2 years and am now entering my third year of teaching in the Des Moines area.
I am also working towards a master’s in choral conducting in the graduate program at Michigan State University where I study conducting with Dr. Jonathan Reed and Dr. David Rayl. My fiancee, Chelsea, and I are currently living in Des Moines, IA with our amazing dog, Arvo.
To learn more about Connor's work, visit connorjkoppin.com.