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Brad Jopek was appointed the Artistic and Musical Director of the River Cities Concert Band in Louisville, Kentucky in summer of 2018. He currently serves as an Administrative Assistant for the Department of Academic & Professional Studies at the University of Louisville School of Music, and is the Assistant Conductor of the UofL Community Band and UofL Saxophone Ensemble.
Mr. Jopek’s musical career began studying piano with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sternisha, Ms. Jannis Peterson from SUNY Fredonia, Ms. Rebecca Sopher, and Dr. Melva Huebert from Grove City College. He also performs on French horn and has studied under the tutelage of Ms. Pauline Emilson, Mr. David Lloret, Mr. William Knight, Mr. James Scanga at Grove City College, and Professor David Bruce Heim at the University of Louisville.
As the Assistant Conductor of the University of Louisville Saxophone Ensemble, Mr. Jopek has expanded the ensemble’s repertoire and membership, and has focused on memorized performances and ensemble unity. He has also contributed to the ensemble as an arranger and mentor for student arrangers and conductors. Their performance at the 2017 Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference in Louisville received praise from John Mackey on their saxophone arrangement and performance of Hymn to a Blue Hour.
Mr. Jopek holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from Grove City College and a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Louisville. At Grove City College he worked with numerous ensembles including the Crimson Brass Quintet, Symphonic Concert Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Stage Band, and Wind Ensemble. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Louisville, he worked with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Cardinal Marching Band along with leading rehearsals for Invitational Honor Band, CMB Band Day, Wind Band Institute, and All-State Workshop. He has studied conducting with Dr. Edwin Arnold, Dr. Joseph Pisano, Dr. Jeffery Tedford, Dr. Frederick Speck, Ms. Kimcherie Lloyd, and Dr. Amy Acklin.