Meet the Artist – Brett Copeland

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Our next New Music On A Sunday Afternoon will feature collaborations by current and former University of South Florida graduates. Get to know a little about them as we feature some of their work each week until the concert in June!

Brett Copeland is a graduate student at the University of South Florida pursuing an M.M. degree in both Tuba Performance and Electro-acoustic Composition.  His primary teachers are Jay Hunsberger, principal tubist of the Sarasota Orchestra and professor at USF, and Dr. Baljinder Sekhon, professor of composition at USF.  Brett received his undergraduate degree in Music Technology from the University of Northern Iowa where he studied with Dr. Jeffrey Funderburk and Sandy Nordahl.  Brett is primarily an electronic and electro-acoustic composer.  He recently collaborated with student dancers, engineers, visual artists as a part of a campus wide performing and visual art festival at the University of South Florida.  Brett’s electronic compositions have performed at the University of Northern Iowa’s Gallery of Art, USF’s Contemporary Art Museum, the USF Centre Gallery, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and his composition Dérive was selected to be performed at the Collective Soles spring 2015 dance concert in a collaboration with dancer Jacqueline Dugal.  In addition to electronic compositions Brett has achieved success with his acoustic compositions.  His piece, “Charmer” for solo guitar was selected to be performed by Rodrigo Baggio as a part of the Vox Nous Fifteen Minutes of Fame series.

As a performer Brett actively seeks out new-music to perform on tuba and he is the current President of the New Music Consortium at USF.  Recently, Brett was asked to be a performing artist at the first ever Electrobrass Conference, held at the University of Alabama, where he performed electro-acoustic works by young and upcoming composers along with his own compositions.


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