Performer | Educator | Composer | Sound Engineer
Brett Copeland is a multi-faceted musician who is actively performing, composing, teaching, and exploring new musical possibilities with music technology. He maintains a freelance career as a performer, composer, and educator of tuba and music technology. He is currently based in Rochester, NY.
As a performing musician, Brett has served as Principal Tubist with the Venice Symphony (FL), South Shore Symphony Orchestra (FL) and the Ash Lawn Opera (VA). He currently performs with Symphoria in Syracuse, NY. He is also an active chamber musician, performing with the Flower City Brass, a brass quintet based in Rochester, NY. Recently, Flower City Brass advanced to the semi-finals of the 2019 Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Competition. The quintet has attended and performed at festivals in Sweden and Germany in addition to performing as soloists with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. As a soloist, Brett has given recitals in art galleries, festivals, and universities primarily programming electro-acoustic compositions.
As an electronic musician, Brett primarily uses MAX/MSP and Ableton Live, and releases music under the pseudonym DJ_ElectroTUBA. His electro-acoustic works usually include video elements which are built using Jitter. He was the winner of the 2015 Electrobrass Performance Competition held at the University of Alabama and a finalist for the 2017 Electrobrass Composition Competition.
As a composer, his music focuses on blending acoustic and electronic sounds, blending genres (both classical and popular), using classic electronic music techniques with unusual sound sources, and using the tuba in new ways. His compositional output includes solo acoustic works, chamber works, music for dance, and electro-acoustic works. Brett is also a composer of commercial music, having held a position as composer and sound designer for a video game company and composing as a freelancer for mobile apps.
SPONGE for trombone and electronics, written for Tim Taylor
warrior for euphonium and electronics, written for Danielle VanTuinen
As an educator, he has worked with beginning instrumentalists through graduate students. He has worked with low brass students in eastern Iowa, the Tampa Bay area in Florida, and currently works with students at the Eastman School of Music teaching tuba methods courses for music education majors and secondary instrumental lessons. In 2016, Brett began working at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI, as a counselor, tuba player, and sectional teacher. In the summer of 2017 he took part in their Northern Winds International Tour to Germany, Austria, and The Netherlands.
He is currently Webmaster and Marketing Manager for Empire Film and Media Ensemble, an organization comprised of musicians dedicated to the live performance and original composition of cinematic music. As an avid promoter, performer, and composer of contemporary music, he has served as an administrative intern with Ensemble Signal, as Technical Liaison and Webmaster for OSSIA New Music a student-run new music organization at the Eastman School of Music, and as the President of the New-Music Consortium at the University of South Florida.
Brett is currently attending the Eastman School of Music where he is a D.M.A. candidate in Tuba Performance and Literature. He is a TA for both the tuba studio and EARS (Eastman Audio Research Studio). He holds a M.M. in Tuba Performance with additional studies in Electro-acoustic Composition ('16) from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in Music Technology ('14) from the University of Northern Iowa. His teachers include Don Harry, Jay Hunsberger, Baljinder Sekhon, Jeff Funderburk, and James Grant. Brett plays a Wessex Chicago Presence CC tuba and a Meinl Weston 45slp F tuba.