N Alabama choral student gets piece published
The arrangement began as part of a weeklong project assigned in a choral techniques class taught by Ian Loeppky, associate professor of music. The project was to arrange a popular melody into a choral piece for 16 bars of music, Loeppky said. He intended to challenge students to think on their feet to prepare them for a career in music education.
Mills said he chose to adapt the “Old Hundredth” melody because he was familiar with the song and said it was easy to work with for the assignment. While Mills considered the project to be an experiment, his professor was impressed with the results.