K. Brent Coppenbarger, D.M.A.

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Professor of Music
Coordinator of Woodwinds
Department: Music
Location: Tigerville, SC

“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.


    B.M., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    M.M., Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University
    D.M.A., 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.

  • Articles Published

    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 CDBaby.com

  • 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.