Dr. Shawn L. Copeland, clarinet, joined the faculty of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho in 2014. His duties include teaching clarinet, Alexander Technique and entrepreneurship and performing with the Northwest Wind Quintet. He has taught on the faculties of Stetson University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, High Point University, and Coastal Carolina University, and is the Co-Director of the Stetson University Summer Clarinet Clinic. He has held management positions with Walt Disney Entertainment, Inc., the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greensboro Opera Company and Educational Management Consultant Services, Inc. His instruments of choice are Buffet GreenLine Toscas with a vintage Kaspar Cicero 14 mouthpiece, refaced by Bradford Behn. Dr. Copeland is a Gonzalez Reeds Artist. He uses Gonzalez Reeds exclusively for B-flat, E-flat and Bass clarinets.
As a teacher and performer, Shawn has presented master classes, recitals and premiered works throughout the US, Ireland, Germany, Japan, and Mexico. An advocate for new music and an avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Tosca Duo and the Relevents Wind Quintet. Dr. Copeland is the principal clarinetist of the Washington/Idaho Symphony. He has served as the e-flat/bass clarinetist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, e-flat clarinetist with the Winston-Salem Symphony, principal clarinetist of the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra and the Novus Chamber Ensemble, co-principal of Southern Winds, and performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park, FL. His teachers include Kelly Burke, Lynn Musco and Frank Kowalsky. He holds degrees in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (DMA, MM) and Stetson University (BM), and in Non-Profit/Arts Management (MA) from the University of Central Florida.
Shawn is passionate about holistic teaching and the inclusion of the body in the creative process. As an accredited teacher of Alexander Technique and a specialist in Body Mapping, he has dedicated his research to working with performing artists. He earned his certification in 2006, through a five year apprenticeship with Dr. Marsha Paludan, with additional training at the Chesapeake Bay Alexander Technique Studies in Greensboro, NC. Those who continue to influence his teaching include: Bill Conable, Sarah Barker, Glenna Batson, Dale Beaver, Robert Lada, and Robin Gilmore. Shawn travels extensively giving presentations, master classes, and workshops at universities and conferences throughout the country. He spends his summers teaching at the Stetson University Summer Clarinet Clinic and the Eastern Music Festival. He is the author of the upcoming publication, What Every Clarinetist Needs to Know about the Body.
When not teaching or playing the clarinet, Shawn can most likely be found in the kitchen enjoying his deep passion for food, wine and southern cooking. He also enjoys cultivating Zen through his bonsai trees, escaping reality through the occasional video game and keeping up with his Jack Russell Terrier, Scribble.