Pepper Choplin, Guest Director
Pepper Choplin is a full time composer, conductor and humorist. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. Beginning his music training at the age of four, he grew up singing and playing piano, trumpet, guitar and banjo. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
With a diverse musical background, Choplin composes incorporates varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz. His published work includes over 230 anthems for church and school choir, 13 church cantatas and a book of piano compositions. An original hymn, “Come to the Water” appears in the recent hymnal, Celebrating Grace. His anthems consistently appear in the top seller lists of publishers and distributors. Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies. Each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world.
In 2013, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in a joint concert with Joseph Martin. In 2015, Choplin will travel to Lincoln Center where he will conduct his new cantata based on the Lord’s Prayer. He also visits many churches and conferences to conduct and to entertain. Beyond his choral music, Choplin has produced two humorous CDs and an inspirational recording. In his solo concerts, he moves audiences with his powerful ballads and his zany humor.
Currently, he attends Greystone Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served as music minister for twenty-two years. There in his hometown, Choplin has conducted several mass performances of his Easter and Christmas cantatas in Meymandi Auditorium (home to the NC Symphony) with over two hundred voices and full orchestra.
Cost: (rates increase $5 per person after Oct. 13)
- Singers (Music & Banquet) $25.00 each
- Non-Singers (No Music) $17.00 each
- One-Day Singers (No Banquet) $15.00 each