Zachary Cooper

Assistant Professor of Horn and Music Theory

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Missoula MT, 59812

Dr. Zachary A. Cooper is Assistant Professor of Horn and Music Theory at the University of Montana, Principal Horn of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, and serves as Secretary of the Northwest Horn Society.  He has performed and given masterclasses in Canada, Mexico, and across the United States.  His private students have achieved full scholarships to study music at universities across the United States and his university students have successfully gained employment as educators and performers. Cooper frequently presents masterclasses and recitals at many schools and universities and is a strong proponent of educational outreach.  Prior to UM, Cooper served as an Early College Faculty Mentor and Lecturer of Horn and Music Theory at Morehead State University (MSU) in Kentucky.  His duties included performing with the Baird Winds and Horizon Brass. 

From an early age, Cooper has been an active orchestral musician, having performed with the Orlando Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra (UK) as a teenager.  Since then, he has held positions as third horn with the Kentucky Symphony and second horn with the Tallahassee Symphony.  Additionally, he has performed with the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony, Cave Run Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Helena Symphony, Huntington Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Lima (OH) Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Missoula Symphony, Ohio Valley Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Richmond (IN) Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico.  Cooper has also performed live with Mannheim Steamroller and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

An avid chamber musician, he and flutist Jennifer Brimson Cooper have formed Cooper Duo, which is actively premiering new compositions for flute and horn across North America.  Cooper is also a founding member of TradesMann Trio, which presented his research on the low brass trio genre at the 2014 International Women's Brass Conference, and Artisan Brass, a horn and tuba duo.

Cooper is a previous winner of the SouthEast Horn Workshop (SEHW) Solo Competition and the SEHW High Horn Mock Audition.  Additionally, he has been a prize winner in the Susan Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition professional horn division, finalist in the International Horn Society Farkas Solo Competition, and a semi-finalist for the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition in Flint, MI.

He earned a D.M.A. in Horn with a cognate in Music Theory from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), an M.M. in Horn from CCM, and a B.M. in Horn Performance from Florida State University. Cooper's principal teachers have included Dr. William Capps, Duane Dugger, Randy Gardner, and William C. Robinson.

Courses Taught

Applied Horn

Analytical Techniques

Brass Pedagogy

Music Theory I, II, III, and IV

Aural Perception I, II, III, and IV

Horn Club

Faculty Advisor for the Celebration Brass Quintet

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor of Horn and Music Theory (Present - 2015) 

  • University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Lecturer of Music Theory (2015 - 2014)

  • Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 

Early College Faculty Mentor (2015 - 2013)

  • Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 

Lecturer of Horn (2014, 2011 - 2010)

  • Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 

Private Horn Instructor (Present - 2000)


Research Interests

Life and Career of William C. Robinson

Music for Low Brass Trio (Horn, Trombone, Tuba)

Music for Horn and Flute Duo

Music for Solo Horn

Professional Experience


Billings Symphony Orchestra, Billings, MT

Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Blue Ash, OH

Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, Morehead, KY

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton, OH

Glacier Symphony Orchestra, Kalispell, MT

Helena Symphony Orchestra, Helena, MT

Huntington Symphony Orchestra, Huntington, WV

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Covington, KY

Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington, KY

Lima Symphony Orchestra, Lima, OH

Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis, TN

Missoula Symphony Orchestra, Missoula, MT

Ohio Valley Symphony Orchestra, Gallipolis, OH

Orquesta Sinfónica UANL, Monterrey, Mexico

Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro, KY

Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond, IN

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee, FL

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, WV

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