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Robert M. Copeland

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Bob CopelandOffice Phone: 724-847-6665

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Music (music history, ethnomusicology, music business, choral music)
  • Humanities

Degrees Received

  • B.S. 1966, Geneva College
  • M.Mus. 1970, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Ph.D. 1974, University of Cincinnati
  • Additional studies: Westminster Choir College; Emery University

Courses Taught

  • MUS 201 - Survey of the Music Industry
  • MUS 215 - The Genevans
  • MUS 216 - Madrigal Singers
  • MUS 301 - Legal & Ethical Aspects of the Music Industry
  • MUS 310 - Music History I
  • MUS 311 - Music History II
  • MUS 333 - Advanced Conducting
  • MUS 370 - World and Popular Musics
  • HUM 304 - The Holocaust and the Arts
  • MUA 121-422 - Private Lessons in Voice
  • MUA 154, 254 - Class Strings
  • MUA 156 - Class Voice
  • MUS 108-109 - Music Theory I-II
  • MUS 120 - English and Italian Diction for Singers
  • MUS 121 - German and French Diction for Singers
  • MUS 208-209 - Music Theory III-IV
  • MUS 210 - Introduction to Music Literature
  • MUS 214 - String Ensemble

Professional Publications:

  • “A Theory of Theory.” Music Journal 29 (April 1971): 34.
  • The Life and Works of Isaac Baker Woodbury, 1819-1858.  Dissertation, University of Cincinnati, 1974.
  • Two chapters in Metrical Psalmody of the Covenanters, ed. Peter S. Lippincott.  St Louis: Prairie Schooner, 1979.
  • “Music Historiography in the Classroom.” College Music Symposium 19 (1979):140-155.
  • Essentials of Canon and Fugue.  Mimeographed, 1979.
  • "The Christian Message of Igor Stravinsky.” Musical Quarterly 68 (1982): 563-579.
  • “Teaching Humanities in the Art Museum.”  M. Stockstad, ed., Museums, Humanities, and Educated Eyes.  Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1982): 95-105.
  • “Festive Titles.”  Choral Journal 24 (Feb 1984): 22.
  • “Emerson, Luther O. ” and “Woodbury, Isaac Baker,” The New Grove Dictionary of Music in the United States.  London and New York, 1986.
  • Spare No Exertions: 175 Years of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  Pittsburgh: The Seminary, 1986.
  • Review of Donald R. Hincks, Brethren Hymn Books and Hymnals, American Music 6 (Fall 1988): 320-323.
  • Review of Thurston Dox, American Oratorios and Cantatas, in American Music 6 (Winter 1988): 458-459.
  • “Toward a Reformation of Liturgy in Reformed Churches,” Semper Reformanda 1 (Summer 1992): 61-87.
  • “Bring More Books: Some Addenda to a Bibliography of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America,” Semper Reformanda2 (Spring 1993): 54-67.
  • Review of Katherine K. Preston, Music for Hire: A Study of Professional Musicians in Washington, 1877-1900, in Music Library Association Notes 50/2 (December 1993).
  • Isaac Baker Woodbury: The Life and Works of an American Musical Populist. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1995.
  • Review of Quentin Faulkner, Wiser than Despair: the Evolution of Ideas in the Relationship of Music and the Christian Church, in Christian Scholar′s Review 26/3 (1997).
  • “Woodbury, Isaac Baker,” in American National Biography.  (Oxford University Press and American Council of Learned Societies, 1999), xxiii, 791 f.
  • Review of CD “Ye Shall Have a Song: Choral Music of Randall Thompson.”  American Music 17 (Summer 1999): 234-235.
  • Review of CD “Alleluia: An American Hymnal,” American Music 18 (2000): 318-320.
  • “Servant Leadership: Some Thoughts in the Form of Fragments.”  Pro Christo 1/3 (Spring 2002): 2-8.
  • “An East Prussian Organ of 1648.”  The Tracker (The Journal of the Organ Historical Society), Spring 2003.
  • Review of Bristow, George Frederick, The Oratorio of Daniel, ed. David Griggs-Janower, and of Bradbury, William B., Esther, the Beautiful Queen, ed. Juanita Karpf.  Music Library Association Notes 61 (December 2004).
  • Review of Read, Daniel, Musica Ecclesiae, or Devotional Harmony, 3 Parts.  Ed. by Karl and Marie Kroeger.  MLA Notes 63 (December 2006): 437-440.
  • “Gertrude Martin Rohrer: A Clubwoman′s Search for American Music.”  In Paul Laird and William Everett, eds., On Bunker′s Hill: Essays in Honor of J. Bunker Clark.  Detroit Monographs in Musicology.  Detroit, Harmonie Park Press, 2007.

Papers and Invited Lectures:

  • “I.B. Woodbury and the Conservatory That Might Have Been.”  Midwest Chapter, American Musicological Society, Chicago, September 22, 1974.
  • “A Composer from Beverly.”  Beverly (MA) Historical Society, January 28, 1976.
  • “I.B. Woodbury: Composer with a Mission.”  University of Missouri—Kansas City (Institute for Studies in American Music), February 26, 1976.
  • Two lectures for Fine Arts Festival, Covenant College, Lookout Mtn., TN, April 1976.
  • “Rossini in Homespun: The Pasticcios of I.B. Woodbury.”  Annual Meeting, American Musicological Society, Washington, D.C., November 6, 1976.
  • Three lectures for Conference on Faith and the Arts, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA, November 1977.
  • “Musical Life in the Early Reformed Community.”  Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, November 1977.
  • “Duplicative Aspects of Teaching Music History at the Graduate and Undergraduate Levels.  Panelist.  Annual meeting, College Music Society, St Louis,April 1979.
  • “Using Museums in Teaching the Humanities.”  Association of Christian Schools International, Kansas City, October 23, 1980.
  • “The Lady is a Musician: The Case of Gertrude Martin Rohrer.”  Allegheny Chapter, American Musicological Society, Morgantown, WV, April 14, 1984.
  • “Looking for the Meaning of Stravinsky.”  Lecture for “The Mind Behind the Music,” a seminar at Calvin College, July 23, 1985.
  • “The Figure of the Musician in Some Turn-of-the-Century Novels.”  Allegheny Chapter, AMS/Sonneck Society/IASPM.  Pittsburgh, April 4, 1987.
  • “Reinventing Metrical Psalmody: Joseph W. Morton′s ‘Original Plan of Versification′ in English and French.”  Allegheny Chapter, AMS, April 15, 1989.
  • “Using the Arts in Teaching the Lessons of the Holocaust.”  Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, August 1978 and August 1989.  Also Association of Christian Schools International, Pittsburgh, October 10, 2002.
  • “Copyright for Musicologists.”  Joint meeting of the Allegheny and Capital Chapters, AMS, Frostburg, MD, October 14, 1989.  Pennsylvania Music Library Association, Pittsburgh, October 21, 1989.
  • “Approaching the Holocaust Through the Arts.”  Beaver County Hadassah, June 9, 1994, and various other occasions and dates.
  • “Copyright Basics for Music Teachers.”  Seminar, Association of Christian Schools International, Pittsburgh, October 1995.
  • “World Musics in the Christian School Curriculum.”  Seminar, Association of Christian Schools International, Pittsburgh, October 1995.
  • “The Sands of Time: Consuelo, Anachronism, and the Mythology of Music.”  Allegheny Chapter, AMS, Kent State University, October 19, 1996.
  • “Who in the World is Alma Mater?”  Address for the Alpha Chi Induction, Geneva College, November 13, 1996.
  • “Stravinsk′s Oedipus Rex: A Parable of Guilt and Redemption.”  Public lecture, Franciscan University of Steubenville, April 15, 1997.
  • Keynote address.  Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church,  July 1997.
  • “The Cutting Edge: Representations of Castrati in Fiction.”  Allegheny Chapter, AMS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, April 1, 2000.
  • “Vocal Health for Young Children.”  Seminar, Association of Christian Schools International, Pittsburgh, October 10, 2002.
  • “Your Choir Can Sing A Cappella.”  Seminar, Association of Christian Schools International, Pittsburgh, October 10, 2002.
  • “Music, Time, and Eternity in Augustine.”  Allegheny Chapter, AMS, Youngstown (OH) State University, October 9, 2004.
  • “The Apotheosis of Musicology: from Victim to Master.”  Allegheny Chapter, AMS, Marshall University (Huntington, WV), October 8, 2005.

Current Projects

  • Louis Bourgeois′ Le Droict Chemin de Musique in the Context of John Calvin′s Musical Thought.  Ottawa (ON): Institute of Medieval Music (forthcoming).  Translation and commentary.
  • A study of the organ tablature   of Johannes Fischer Mohrungensis.  Fischer compiled this collection of organ pieces from 1595 to ca. 1605, while he was organist in Angerburg, East Prussia.  Most of the pieces are organ transcriptions of vocal works by 16th century Italian and French polyphonists.
  • Images of Music in Fiction, a study of the concepts of music and musicians portrayed in selected novels from the 17th Century to the present.
  • Law, Ethics, and Music.  Textbook, introducing Music Business students to definitions and basic concepts in ethics and law, as well as to the areas of law most directly involved in the music industry (copyright, contracts, agency, etc.).

Awards & Distinctions Received

  • Outstanding Young Men of America, 1975.
  • International Who's Who in Music, all editions since 1975.
  • Who's Who in the East, 1984-97.
  • Who's Who in America, all editions since 1997.
  • Who's Who in American Music--Classical, since 1984.
  • Faculty "Scholar of the Year, 1983-84," Geneva College.
  • Faculty "Excellence in Scholarship" Award, 1994-95, Geneva College.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Geneva College Alumni Association, 2006.


  • American Musicological Society: member since 1968; Vice-Chair, Allegheny Chapter, 1987-89, 1997-99, and 2007-08; chapter President, 1989-91 and 1999-2001.  Member, Local Arrangements Committee for National convention, 1992.  Member, National Council, 1992-95, 2001-2004, and 2007-2010.
  • Society for American Music (formerly The Sonneck Society): founding member, 1974; Program Committee, 1982.
  • National Association of Schools of Music: individual member
  • American Choral Directors Association: member since 1981; editor of Pennsylvania Newsletter, 1985-1990 (co-editor 1983-85)
  • American Association of University Professors: member since 1974; Vice-President and President-Elect of the Kansas Conference, 1980-81.
  • Music and Entertainment Industry Educators' Association: member
  • Society for Ethnomusicology: member intermittently.
  • Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship: founding member; secretary, Steering Committee; Chair of paper session at first Conference: March 2003; Secretary, Executive Committee.

Service Activities:

  • Member, Accreditation Teams for the Pennsylvania Department of Education four times, 1990-2003.
  • Ruling Elder, Reformed Presbyterian Church, since 1974.
  • Moderator, Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, 1995. 
  • Board of Trustees, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1981-1993; Secretary of the Board 1983-1993.
  • Presbyterian and Reformed Joint Commission on Chaplains and Military Personnel, 1988-2002. Secretary 1994-2002.
  • Board of Directors, The Huguenot Fellowship, since 1986.
  • Committeeman, Beaver County Republican Committee, 1992-2005.
  • Night Chaplain (volunteer), Medical Center of Beaver County, 1987-91.
  • Geneva College: Academic Program Committee, 1985-93, and Chair 1988-93; Faculty Personnel Committee, 1993-96; Strategic Planning Task Force, 1989-94 approx.; Education Committee, 1981-1993; Faculty Representative to the President's Cabinet, 1996-98; to the Academic Council, 1998-2000; PA Task Force on Certification Standards in Music; advisor of PA Lambda Chapter of Alpha Chi national collegiate honor society; advisor of College Republican club; numerous special committees; co-sponsor of Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards.  Secretary of the Faculty Senate, 1999-2001 and 2006-current.  President of the Faculty Senate, 2001-2003.  Secretary of the President′s Cabinet, 2001-2003. 
  • Mid-America Nazarene College: Academic Council, 1975-81; Director of Lyceum series, 1975-81; author, Policy Manual for implementation of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974; numerous special committees.


  • Hobbies: Photography, book collecting, genealogy.
  • Frequent guest preacher in area churches.
  • Family: my wife and I have three children, one of whom is a faculty member at Geneva College (in Political Science), one is a pastor′s wife in Minnesota, and one is a professional singer in London. We have six grandchildren.