Dr. Joseph Cooper
Joseph Cooper, DMA enjoys a career as an active performer and music educator. He teaches applied trumpet and music courses at The University of Texas at San Antonio since 2015. He taught previously at Texas Lutheran University from 2011-2018 with his students winning the TLU concerto competition in 2017 and 2018.
Cooper performs frequently with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and is performing with the Austin Opera for their 2018-2019 season. He has performed around the world and across Texas, with acclaimed ensembles including the Houston Grand Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony, the Waco Symphony, the Brazos Valley Symphony, Austin Opera, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, and as principal trumpet of the Baytown Symphony from 2008-2011. He has performed for popular events including Austin City Limits with indie band Belle and Sebastian and for well-known personalities including Peter Gabriel, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, and PDQ Bach. Cooper has performed throughout the United States with professional ensembles including the Breckenridge Music Festival (CO), the Colorado Symphony (CO), the Wheeling Symphony (WV), and the Camp-of-the-Woods resort (NY). Internationally, he has performed in many cities including Tokyo, Shenzhen, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Macao, London, Salzburg, Munich and Vienna.
Dr. Cooper's past students enjoy success as accomplished music educators, performers and composers. His current students may be found performing in exciting summer opportunities with drum corps international (DCI) and music festivals nationally.
Cooper is an active clinician and has worked extensively with middle and high school students. His private students have achieved top chairs in the TMEA All State Orchestra, the TMEA All State Jazz Band, and the National Youth Orchestra (NYO2). A few have gone on to study trumpet performance at some of the nation's top music schools.
He is an active member of Texas Music Educator's Association and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) where he served on the Conference Artist Committee for the 2018 ITG Convention held in San Antonio, Texas.
Cooper lives in Austin where his wife is a tenured member of the First Violin section of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.