Kaufman Music Center announced this week that Andrew Copper has joined the staff as Dean of Music at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School. Currently the Principal Horn of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, his most recent position has been Associate Executive Director at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. In this role he served as Artistic Administrator, Concert Manager, Chair of the Music Department, and head of marketing and operations.
Copper says, “To be a part of the team of educators at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School, which fosters an environment that supports and exalts learning and making music, which helps create and curate an exciting musical world filled with satisfying, rich experiences, and which guides and shapes the musical education of talented young musicians, is an awesome responsibility. I am honored to accept that responsibility and to begin my work with the students, families and educators of the SMS High School Community.”
Mr. Copper earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Horn Performance, with honors, from the University of Illinois in 1993. He continued his studies at Carnegie Mellon University where he worked as assistant to the Head of the School of Music and served as graduate assistant to famed Cleveland Orchestra hornist, Myron Bloom. Mr. Copper earned the Master of Music degree from CMU in 1995, and subsequently held positions at the University of Pennsylvania and The Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1997, he was named a fellow of the European Mozart Academy in Warsaw, Poland and spent the year immersed in the study of chamber music. The Academy became Mr. Copper’s professional home base as he traveled and performed with the Pan Woodwind Quintet in tours of Eastern Europe, Germany, Italy, and most notably, the Middle East, where performances in Israel and Palestine doubled as European Union sponsored peace-keeping missions.
Returning to the United States in 1998, he accepted a position at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, beginning a 19-year tenure at the 1,400-student summer arts camp and concert festival on Long Island, NY. Shortly thereafter, he became the organization’s Assistant Director and in 2013 was named Usdan’s first Associate Executive Director. He produced more than 300 concerts featuring students, faculty, and/or visiting artists, including acclaimed productions of Bloch’s Sacred Service and Hans Krasa’s Brundibar, the allegorical children’s opera performed by young people imprisoned at the Terezin concentration camp.
In almost twenty years at Usdan, Mr. Copper worked with thousands of inspiring young dancers, actors, artists and musicians. He mentored hundreds of talented young adults in the prestigious Music Staff Internship program and created the Usdan Student Art Institute, a program for career-bound visual artists. His passion for cooking, and for sourcing locally grown, healthy food inspired him to create one of Usdan’s most successful programs in the allied arts: Organic Gardening and Simple Food and he worked in partnership with BAM Education to develop a theatrical writing project that culminated in the presentation of collaboratively written monologues and scripts brought to life by professional actors.
Mr. Copper’s work as a performing musician has continued throughout his career. He currently serves as the Principal Horn of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the American Chamber Ensemble, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and the innovative Houston-based ensemble Aperio Americas.
Usdan’s Board of Trustees recently recognized Mr. Copper efforts, naming him the Leadership Honoree at the 2017 Summer Gala.