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Dr. Cora Cooper

 Dr. Cora Cooper teaches violin, viola, chamber music and string techniques. Major teachers include Peter Salaff, Charles Castleman,Thomas and Evelyn Read, Karen Clarke and Eliot Chapo, with additional study with Linda Cerone and Simon Fischer. As a performer, Cooper recorded for NAXOS American Classics and has professional symphony experience playing with the Vermont, Austin and Tallahassee Symphonies, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. Research on music by women composers led to multiple performances at the Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and lectures in the United States and England. Published editions include the four-volume Violin Music by Women: A Graded Anthology, Easy and Progressive Violin Duets by Josephine Trott, Six Duettos by Joseph Gehot, and Six Duettos for Two Violins by Maddalena Lombardini-Sirmen. Cooper served on the violin committee for the 1997 and 2009 editions of the ASTA String Syllabus, and has been a contributor to both the AST Journal and GIA Publications’ Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra. She presented sessions at the 2003 and 2010 national ASTA conferences and adjudicated ASTA’s Nagyvary Violin Competition in 2004. Cooper has twice attended the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Pedagogy at the Juilliard School, and is certified in the Sassmannshau s Method.

KMEA All-State Orchestra (2013, 2014, 2015) VIOLIN and VIOLA excerpts. Edited parts by Dr. Cooper: http://www.k-state.edu/music/cooper