KANSAS

CORA COOPER

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Cora Cooper teaches violin, viola, chamber music and string techniques at Kansas State University. Her 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 had the rare experience of playing third violin when she joined the Da Vinci String Quartet to record Charles Martin Loeffler's Quintet in One Movement for NAXOS American Classics. She has professional symphony experience playing with the Vermont, Austin and Tallahassee Symphonies, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. Her work with music by women composers has led to performances of music by Lili Boulanger, Margaret Lucy Wilkins, Alice Ho, Maddalena Lombardini-Sirmen and Ethel Barns at the Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and lectures in the United States and England on "The ‘Babe-ification' of Women in Classical Music." Cooper’s research has further resulted in the publication of her four-volume Violin Music by Women: A Graded Anthology (Sleepy Puppy Press). Other published editions include Easy and Progressive Violin Duets by Josephine Trott, Six Duettos by Joseph Gehot, and Six Duettos for Two Violins by Maddalena Lombardini-Sirmen, and a series of Classical–period string quartets for developing players entitled Please Don’t Let Them Play Mozart. 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, 2010 and 2013 national ASTA conferences and adjudicated ASTA’s Nagyvary Violin Competition in 2004. Cooper has attended the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Pedagogy at the Juilliard School three times, and is certified in the Sassmannshaus Method. She is currently working on a viola version of her anthology so everyone can join the fun.