K. Brent Coppenbarger, DMA

Professor, Music
Coordinator, Woodwinds
Unit: Music, College of Communication and Fine Arts
Location: Tigerville

“Knowledge is yours to keep. Nobody can take it from you.”
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in Applied Single and Double Reeds, Freshman & Sophomore Music Theory, Woodwind Methods, Orchestration, Pop Music, Music History Overview, Form & Analysis, Graduate Woodwind Repair, and Graduate Analytical Techniques.


    • BM, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    • MM, Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University
    • DMA, University of Wisconsin
  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes performing as a clarinetist & bass clarinetist for the Carolina Pops Orchestra, the principal clarinetist in the Janesville-Beloit Symphony and Greenville Opera Company, and a clarinetist in the Greenville Symphony.

    I have also served as Associate Professor of Music at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Adjunct woodwind instructor for Erskine College, Adjunct woodwind instructor for Clemson University, and a frequent recitalist in upstate South Carolina.

  • Selected Publications


    • The Clarinet Reed Revealed Through High-Speed Photography, Amazon, 2017
    • Fine Tuning The Clarinet Section, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016
    • 94 Music Theory Secrets, Rowman & Littlefield, Sept. 2014


    • Instrumentalist Magazine, Tips for Clarinetists, Aug. 2011
    • Instrumentalist Magazine, Clarinet Tuning, June 2007
    • The Clarinet, The Vibrating Clarinet Reed, Sept. 2004
    • Instrumentalist Magazine, More Is Not Better If Mistakes Become Ingrained, April 2003
    • The Clarinet, A Clarinet Crossword Puzzle, June 2000
    • NACWPI Journal, Review of Sparky & the Voice of Reason, Winter 1998-99
    • The Clarinet, Bernhard H. Crusell’s Autobiography, 1998.
    • NACWPI Journal, Often Asked Questions About The Clarinet Reed, Fall 1997
    • NACWPI Journal, Sonatas for Clarinet & Piano, 1800-1850, Winter 1987

    Published Musical Compositions:

    • Allegretto for Clarinet & Piano, Schubert/Arr. Coppenbarger, Dorn Publications, 1996
    • Concertino in F for Clarinet & Piano, Coppenbarger, Dorn Publications, 1994
    • Bud’s Rag for Saxophone Quartet, Coppenbarger, Dorn Publications, 1994
    • Feldeinsamkeit, for Clarinet & Piano, Brahms/Arr. Coppenbarger, Dorn Publications 1993
    • Minnelied, for Clarinet & Piano, Brahms/Arr. Coppenbarger, Dorn Publications 1993
    • Potpourri for Clarinet & Piano, Coppenbarger, Dorn Publications, 1993
    • Concerto in Eb, Op. 1 No. 1, Crusell/Ed.& Piano reduction Coppenbarger, Musica Rara, 1990
    • A Maiden Sat for Clarinet Quartet, Obrecht/Arr. Coppenbarger
    • Solicitude for Solo Also Saxophone, Coppenbarger, Dorn Publications, 1990
    • Variations On a Four Note Theme for unacc. clarinet, Coppenbarger, Dorn Publications, 1987


    • Clarinet Muse, Clarinet CD released March 1995
    • ‘Reeding’ Time, Coppenbarger Reed Duo (Clarinet & Bassoon) CD, released Feb. 2008*
    • “Fly In The Pie”, Electronic Music of Brent Coppenbarger, CD, released in 2008*
    • * Available from
  • My Network

    I will gladly involve you in my circle that includes:

    • Robert Marcellus, Cleveland Orchestra
    • Clark Brody, Chicago Symphony
    • Walter Wollwage, Chicago Symphony
    • Russ Dagon, Milwaukee Symphony
    • Anita Garriott, Florentine Orchestra of Italy
    • Glenn Bowen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Roger Coppenbarger, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    • International Clarinet Association
    • Fourth Presbyterian Church of Greenville
    • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • My Story

    Both my parents were university music professors. I always wanted to follow in the footsteps of my parents.

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