Chair, Division of Fine & Performing Arts; Associate Professor of Music
B. Mus., Augusta State University; M.M., University of Alabama; D.M.A., University of South Carolina
Dr. Britt Cooper is Director of Fine and Performing Arts and Director of Choral Activities at Walsh University. He directs two university choral ensembles: the Walsh University Chorale and the Walsh Chamber Singers, an auditioned touring ensemble. He holds a Master's degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Alabama and a Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina.
Under his direction, the Chamber Singers have toured extensively throughout Ohio and have traveled to Washington D.C., New York and Chicago. In 2011 they completed their first successful international tour with a performance for the Pope in Italy. Through his career, Dr. Cooper has also directed collegiate choirs in Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and won Second Place in their National Graduate Conducting Competition in 2003. Dr. Cooper also serves regularly as a clinician for honor choirs throughout the region.
As a singer, Dr. Cooper has given recitals and concertized as a soloist throughout his professional career. He has sung with and studied under some of the most important conductors in American choral music, including Robert Shaw and Joseph Flummerfelt.
In the Fall of 2012, Dr. Cooper will begin a new appointment as Director of the Canton Symphony Chorus. He will be preparing and coordinating a performance of the 2nd Symphony of Gustav Mahler in November, as well as leading choruses in two other concerts with the CSO during the 2012-2013 season.
Dr. Cooper lives in North Canton with his wife, Heather, who teaches music at Canton Country Day School and has been featured as a pianist on Canton Symphony and Canton Symphony Chorus concerts. Their lives have been reshaped since 2011 by their daughter, Megan.