Daniel Copher has been a resident of Fort Lauderdale for sixteen years, moving to escape the harsh winters of Minneapolis. He was previously Florida Singing Sons Music Associate, Accompanist and Theory Instructor before accepting the position as Executive Director. In addition to his work with Florida Singing Sons, Daniel is Organist/Choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a post he has held for sixteen years.
Daniel’s tours with Singing Sons include San Francisco, the Czech Republic, the upper Midwest, Italy and the Northeast US, Canada, PICFEST 2015 in Eugene, OR., and Spain 2016.
Dr. Copher was awarded his Ph.D. in Comparative Studies: Applied and Performing Arts at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. His dissertation topic was Authenticity of Space: 21st Century Convergence of Sacred Music and Sacred Architecture. Daniel completed his undergraduate work at the University of Oklahoma in music and architecture studying with renowned organ professor, Mildred Andrews Boggess. His graduate work includes choral studies with Dennis Shrock, liturgical studies, and an MBA. In Minnesota he was partner in an architectural firm and served as Chapel Organist for fifteen years at the Catholic University of St. Thomas. As accompanist for the St. Thomas Liturgical Choir, he played for numerous European and Middle Eastern tours including the Vatican Christmas Midnight Mass in 1988 and 1998.
Jared Doyle is an alumnus of Florida’s Singing Sons where he sang for eight years as a student chorister. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Choral Music Education from the Florida State University. Mr. Doyle studied conducting under Dr. Kevin Fenton, and during his internship, helped lead the Cypress Bay High School Mixed Chorus to straight Superiors at FVA All-‐State. Jared’s previous music teaching positions include Cypress Bay High School. This fall his begins as the new music instructor at Floranado Elementary School.
Mr. Doyle brings his music skills to Florida Singing Sons by recruiting new elementary aged choristers, conducting the Training Choir(s) and Residence Choir, and teach Music Theory. Mr. Doyle is a great asset to our professional team of musicians and educators.
Primarily a choral conductor, Steven Hirner is also an active vocalist, composer, and arranger of choral music. While an undergraduate student in vocal music education, Mr. Hirner founded and directed his own a cappella group, the first of its kind at Auburn University, and also served as a student conductor for the university’s Men’s Chorus. While studying for his master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Missouri, Mr. Hirner directed the School of Music’s jazz choir, Hitt Street Harmony, which premiered many of his arrangements. He also conducted the University Singers in a premiere of one of his original compositions entitled Resurget, served as the chorus master for a production of Mozart’s Cosí Fan Tutte, worked as the music director for the First Christian Church in Centralia, Missouri, and directed Ars Nova—a select mixed-voice ensemble at the University of Missouri—in the annual Art and Music Performance which consisted of pieces selected to correspond with works of art in the university’s art museum.
For the past two years, Mr. Hirner was a high school choir director at Collins Academy High School in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. There, he built a choir program that included an 80-member beginning choir, 30-member honor choir, and a general music class. Now living in South Florida with his wife, Brittney Mason-Hirner, he is the choir director at Santaluces Community High School where he directs a beginning choir, an advanced women’s ensemble, and an advanced mixed-ensemble. Mr. Hirner believes not only in a balanced approach to vocal technique for his students but also in the study and performance of a variety of repertoire in addition to “classical” choral music that includes traditional folk music, gospel, Spirituals, jazz, contemporary a cappella, and popular music.
Tim Brumfield, Accompanist
Tim Brumfield enjoys an extraordinary career as a pianist, organist, composer, arranger and clinician, receiving high praise from critics and audiences alike. He tours regularly as a soloist and featured musician, and is often asked to lecture on the art of improvisation. He currently serves as the Director of Music Ministry, Organist and Choirmaster at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Boca Raton, Florida.
He has been a member of the Grammy Award winning Paul Winter Consort since 1998 and has performed throughout the world including Denmark, England, France, Japan, Italy, and Southeast Asia. Tim has collaborated in performance with such renowned artists as the late pianist Dave Brubeck, the late drummer Max Roach, legendary folk singer Judy Collins, the American Spiritual Ensemble, The American Brass Quintet, jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus at Carnegie Hall among others. He has had the special honor of performing for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama being featured with saxophonist Paul Winter and the renowned Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery. A silent film organist extraordinaire, Tim performs annually at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, for its Halloween Extravaganza, accompanying silent films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, and Phantom of the Opera.
Originally from Richmond, Kentucky, Tim served as Cathedral Organist at the world’s largest gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City from 2002-2009, and served as Associate Organist there from 1997. He has toured with the Cathedral Choristers performing throughout the Northeast and Canada, and throughout England with performances at the famed Salisbury Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. In 2011, Tim appeared with Wycliffe Gordon at Columbia University’s Miller Theater performing Gordon’s score to “Within These Gates”, a silent film by Oscar Micheux. Tim is also a gifted composer and arranger and most recently his composition A Place Called Old Kentucky, co-written with song writing partner Louis Birro, was featured as part of the Alltech World Equestrian Games held in Lexington and is featured on his CD entitled Kentucky Serenade which also includes such classics as Simple Gifts, Blue Moon of Kentucky, and My Old Kentucky Home. His mass setting, Mass for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine had its Lincoln Center debut in 2015 at Avery Fisher Hall being performed by The National Chorale.
Tim recently received the distinguished award of Honorary Fellow of the National College of Music in London and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Chorale in New York.