Pepper Choplin, full-time composer, conductor and humorist, readies Cary Community Choir for their 2019 season. While this is Choplin’s first year as Cary Community Choir’s Music Director, this will be the choir’s 49th year performing G.F. Handel’s Messiah for the community. Cary Community Choir Performs G.F. Handel’s Messiah, Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm, White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. The concert is free.
The choir is a wonderful mix of people who come together to celebrate this masterful work. There are three rehearsals plus a dress rehearsal with chamber orchestra. No audition is required and all are invited to join Cary Community Choir. Those interested in singing with the choir this year can register at www.carycommunitychoir.org.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Pepper Choplin join us as Music Director of the Cary Community Choir. We know that both the singers and audience will benefit from Pepper’s expertise and infectious enthusiasm,” says Candace Blackley, president of the Cary Community Choir board of directors.
Choplin brings an abundance of creativity and experience to Cary Community Choir including conducting original cantatas at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Raleigh’s Meymandi Auditorium. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. His published works include over 300 anthems for church and school choirs with 20 church cantatas. 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.
“I’m so excited to be entrusted with the baton for the Cary Community Choir. What a marvelous opportunity to join with area singers to experience this immortal masterpiece called Messiah! Together, we’ll bring the music to life, not treating the work as a museum piece, but as a dynamic drama to be sung with fresh energy and passion,” says Choplin.
With a diverse musical background, Choplin incorporates varied styles such as folk, gospel, classical, and jazz. and two books of piano arrangements. Over 150 groups have commissioned him to write original works for them. An original hymn, “Come to the Water,” appears in the 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.