For those of you that are unfamiliar with my career, for the past five years I have worked as a secondary vocal music educator in Iowa and Minnesota. During this time, I worked towards a master's degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University via a summer conducting program. This past year, I decided to take a chance and pursue a dream of mine, obtaining a Doctorate of Musical Arts and working towards a career as a collegiate professor. Thus, in August my wife and I will journey to East Lansing, Michigan for three years! I am thrilled to be joining the tremendous cohort at Michigan State University and to learn from leading conductors in the nation.

Because of my new status....

Though being a student is strenuous work, no doubt, I am looking forward to the opportunity to travel to premieres this coming year. I intend to be at a premiere at CMEA next January, as well as several works in Michigan, Iowa. If you are interested in clinics or residencies, please DO NOT be afraid to reach out. It is one of my favorite elements of writing music.


Connor J Koppin (b.1991) is an award-winning composer and conductor of choral music. The recipient of the 2016 Nathan Davis Prize in composition as well as winner of the 2014 Capital Hearings Young Composers Competition, he has written for prestigious ensembles such as The Warburg Choir, University of Cincinnati Men's Chorus, The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, the Luther College Norsemen, and the Shrine of the Ages Choir of Northern Arizona University. His compositional output consists primarily of choral music, but includes works for instrumental ensembles, film scores, and songwriting. As a conductor and educator, Connor has consistently led choral ensembles in exemplary performances. His groups have received unanimous superior ratings at state choral festivals in addition to being featured in performance with college and community ensembles. Connor is presently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University where he studies conducting with David Rayl, Sandra Snow, and Jonathan Reed. Koppin’s music has been selected as All-State repertoire in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Texas.  He currently has music published with Walton Music, Morning Star Music Publishers, ECS publishing, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Music Spoke. Koppin is a graduate of Michigan State University (M.M. Choral Conducting) and Wartburg College (B.M. Music Education). Koppin currently lives in East Lansing, MI with his wife, Chelsea. For more information about Connor and to purchase his works please visit

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