The Voice of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
The Alabama Symphony Chorus formerly known as the Birmingham Concert Chorale was founded in 1966 as the Birmingham Civic Chorus under the direction of Bruce Tolbert of the University of Montevallo. In 1977, the name was changed to the Birmingham Concert Chorale. Past directors have included Hugh Thomas, Tom Gibbs, Timothy Banks, David Smith and Mark Ridings.
The Chorale enjoyed a long association with the former Alabama Symphony Orchestra. In 1997, with the rebirth of the ASO, the Birmingham Concert Chorale was formally designated as "The Official Chorus of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra." In recent years the Chorale has traveled to New York City for performances in Carnegie Hall, and also to England to participate in the International Cathedral Music Festival.
Dr. Philip Copeland, ASOC Conductor
Dr. Philip Copeland is Associate Professor of Music at Samford University where he directs the internationally acclaimed A Cappella Choir. Prior to his position at Samford, Copeland was Director of Choral Activities at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Choirs under Dr. Copeland's direction have distinguished themselves on the national and international stage.