Things I want you to know:
- Directing the choirs at UAB was my greatest joy during my tenure at the university. I will always value the nine wonderful years of music making and laughter we shared together.
- The relationships that I have with UAB students and faculty are important to me and I hope that they will continue.
Samford appealed to me because:
- The Samford faculty, like the UAB faculty, is outstanding. There are four full-time voice teachers and one part-time.
- Samford is an arts-centered university. Presidents and provosts, along with scholarships and program budgets, support the choir and believe in its importance.
- International travel is funded in part by the university and encouraged every two years in the official description of the choir.
- UAB's urban campus was never a long-term career choice for me - the facilities and non-urban nature of the Samford campus is appealing.
- There are three separate outstanding performing spaces for choirs: Brock Hall, Hodges Chapel, and Reid Chapel. Two of those spaces have organs, allowing for exploration of the rich choral-organ literature.
- String faculty and string students allow for exploration of other types of choral literature.
- There is a tradition at Samford that I greatly admire - alumni frequently attend the concerts of the choir.
- My family and I are very happy in Birmingham for many reasons and Samford looks like a place I can spend the rest of my career. After a certain amount of time, my children will be able to attend Samford and other similar institutions tuition free - a gift that is worth about $250,000 from what I know about current tuition costs.
I'm at O'Henry's nearly every morning - come see me if you want to talk.
philip l. copeland
former director of choral activities,
the university of alabama at birmingham