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Brad Jopek is currently the Artistic and Musical Director of the River Cities Concert Band in Louisville, Kentucky. He 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 University of Louisville Community Band and University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra.
Since taking up the baton of River Cities Concert Band, Mr. Jopek has worked to increase the band’s outreach in the Kentuckiana area by performing with local community bands, establishing chamber ensembles, and performing in variety of venues. He has also assisted in the band’s process to become a non-profit organization to strengthen the band’s future beyond its 40th anniversary in 2020.
As Assistant Conductor of the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Jopek conducted Fanfare for Louisville by Witold Lutosławski at the College Music Society annual conference in Louisville, KY, on a program featuring new music for choir, orchestra, and wind ensemble. He also acted as Assistant Conductor and Operations Manager for the University of Louisville Sinfonietta on their 2019 Costa Rica tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Promusica Choral Institute, rehearsal conductor and liaison for the Sinfonietta’s performance with the 2019 KMEA Intercollegiate Choir, and rehearsal conductor with the Sinfonietta and Concerto Competition Soloists.
Previously an Assistant Conductor of the University of Louisville Saxophone Ensemble, Mr. Jopek expanded the ensemble’s repertoire as an arranger and mentored student arrangers and conductors. A saxophone arrangement and performance of John Mackey’s Hymn to a Blue Hour received praise from the composer at the 2017 Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference in Louisville demonstrating the ensemble’s ability to performance a wide variety of repertoire.
Mr. Jopek’s musical career began on the piano having studied 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 studied the French horn 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.
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. He is presently pursuing a second Master of Music degree in Orchestral 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.