The Cline School of Music: Woodwinds Department

The Cline School of Music offers full-hour lessons for music majors and half-hour lessons for music minors in all woodwind instruments. Most woodwind students major in Music Education; degrees are also available in Church Music and Performance. Students have the opportunity to perform in orchestra, concert band, marching band, pep band, jazz band, chamber ensembles, and regularly scheduled student recitals. All students present a graduating recital.

Dr. Brent Coppenbarger teaches clarinet, saxophone, and oboe, and directs the saxophone and clarinet quartets. Brent Coppenbarger received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. His Master of Music degree in Performance is from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, and his Bachelor of Music Performance degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Former teachers include members of the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Florentine Orchestra of Italy, and Cleveland Orchestra. Dr. Coppenbarger is a published author/composer; his compositions and arrangements are published by Dorn Publications and Musica Rara. His articles have appeared in The Clarinet, NACWPI Journal, and The Instrumentalist. He has been Bass Clarinetist in the Carolina Pops Orchestra since 2006 and was Principal Clarinetist in the Beloit-Janesville Orchestra in 1988. His CDs, Fly In The Pie, The Electronic Music of Brent Coppenbarger, released in Feb. 2008 and Reeding Time, Works for clarinet, bassoon & story teller, a Children's CD released in Jan. 2008, can be found on cdbaby.

Joy Sears is an Adjunct Flute Instructor at the Cline School of Music at North Greenville University, board member of the South Carolina Flute Society, on the faculty of the Wildacres Flute Retreat and is a flute repair specialist.  Joy is a former member of the Western Piedmont Symphony and faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Center.  She has performed with the Greenville and Charlotte Symphonies and the Spartanburg Philharmonic, and has recorded CDís as a member of the National Flute Choir.  As a certified music educator, Joy has taught band, chorus, music appreciation and gifted music to all grade levels in public and private schools and at the university level.  She earned a dual degree in music education and flute performance from the University of Akron where she studied with George Pope, and her Masterís Degree in flute performance from Western Carolina University where she specialized in flute repair studies with Dr. Eldred Spell.  Joy enjoys spending time with family, giving informative lectures on flute repair to flute studios across the Southeast, performing chamber music with friends and training and participating in local athletic events.

Ms. Sonja Coppenbarger teaches bassoon. She is Principal Bassoonist of the Hendersonville Symphony and Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Orchestra, and was Principal Bassoonist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra from 1996-2005. Her Bachelor of Music Performance degree is from the University of Victoria, and her Master of Music Performance degree is from New England Conservatory of Music. Her articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist, and she collaborated with her husband on their CD Reeding Time.