Connor J Koppin (b.1991) is an award-winning composer and conductor of choral music. His music is known to be “exceptionally crafted” (Melisma) and is able to closely tie music and text. His compositional output consists primarily of choral music but also includes works for instrumental ensembles, film scores, and songwriting. In 2016 Koppin was announced winner of the Nathan Davis Prize in composition as a part of the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Composition Competition. Additionally, he was announced winner of the 2014 Capital Hearings Young Composer’s Competition. He has written for ensembles such as The Warburg Choir, Luther College Collegiate Chorale, Luther College Norsemen, and The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. 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, and CJKMusic. In addition to his work as a composer Connor is also a teacher of choral music as well as a publisher of his own music. Koppin is a graduate of Michigan State University (M.M. Choral Conducting) and Wartburg College (B.M. Music Education). He has studied conducting with Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Jonathan Reed, and Dr. Lee Nelson. Koppin currently lives in Des Moines, IA with his wife, Chelsea. He is Director of Vocal Music at Valley High School in West Des Moines, IA. For more information about Connor and to purchase his works please visit


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