Hunter Kopczynski serves as Director of Bands and assistant professor of music at Mars Hill University, where he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches conducting and courses in music education, and co-directs the Mountain Lion Marching Band.
Kopczynski earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University. He also completed a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Music from Virginia Tech. His principal conducting teachers were Kevin L. Sedatole and Travis J. Cross.
While at MSU, he was active in all aspects of the band and wind conducting programs in the College of Music and served as a Leadership Fellow in the Graduate School. Recent artistic projects include collaborations with composers David Biedenbender, Anna Clyne, and Elena Specht; soprano Michelle Johnson; pianist Zhao Wang; Musique21 and the Maryland Chamber Winds.
Kopczynski taught for seven years in the public schools of Virginia. Teaching middle and high school band in Roanoke County and most recently as Director of Bands at Warhill High School in Williamsburg. While teaching in Virginia, he was active in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association and served on several school and district committees. Kopczynski is an active adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor, and has presented at state and regional music education conferences. He holds professional membership in the College Band Directors National Association and the National Association for Music Education.