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Tim Cooper

Timothy Cooper earned the Bachelor of Music degree in composition from West Virginia University in 2008, where his composition professors were John Beall and David Taddie. Recently, his composition Canaan Heights, for mixed chamber ensemble, was selected for performance at the College Music Society's 2010 Southern Regional Conference; in 2009 it won the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra?s Young Composer Competition and was premiered on the KSO?s ?Chamber Music of America? concert in April of that year. Prior to his graduation from WVU, Cooper?s orchestral work At Gethsemane was selected by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and composer-of-the-year John Corigliano for the PSO?s annual student reading session in March of 2008. Among other notable performances, members of the WVU Concert Choir premiered Cooper?s setting of the Gloria in February of 2009.

Cooper is currently pursuing the Master of Music degree in composition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he is a student of Kenneth Jacobs. At UT, Cooper teaches ear training as part of a graduate teaching assistantship in music theory. While maintaining an active schedule in Knoxville, Cooper frequently composes and orchestrates music for concert, film and theatrical productions around his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia. With music often taking on environmental or theological subjects, Cooper draws extensively on his background in sacred choral music and wind band repertoire. In addition, his background as a trombonist (having studied with Keith Jackson and Daniel Cloutier) has led to numerous pieces for brass instruments as well as an interest in British brass bands.

Cooper is a member of the College Music Society, Society of Composers, Inc., ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has presented his compositions in masterclasses with composers Libby Larsen, David Maslanka, Christopher Theofanidis, and John Corigliano.
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