Jacob Wittkopp returns to conduct the Red River Chorale for the 2023-2024 season. He serves as the Coordinator of the Department of Music and Director of Choirs at Louisiana Christian University. Born and raised in rural Montana, he brings more than a decade of experience as a high school choral director. His range of conducting experience also includes collegiate, community, church, and children's ensembles across several states. Wittkopp holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Montana State University and a master of music from the University of Montana; he is currently completing his doctorate at Boston University. In 2016, he was awarded the Grammy Foundation Signature Schools Award as a result of his choral performance submission and his vision for developing his school's music technology program. Enthusiastic about a broad range of choral traditions and music education topics, Wittkopp has enjoyed working as an adjudicator, clinician, guest instructor, and conference presenter.