Ian Cooper

IanCooperIan was born in Ballarat in 1934. He received his education at the Royal Victorian Instsitute for the Blind. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, he was appointed to the music staff of Frensham in Mittagong. He taught there for the next 40 years, retiring from full-time teaching in 2000. While a student Ian played the trombone in the Australian Youth Orchestra and developed an interest in writing for brass. His continued association with Music Camps provided the opportunity to compose for a variety of ensembles. While at Frensham he wrote and arranged many pieces for large and small vocal groups as well as incidental music for dramatic productions. Ian had a long association with the Song Company for whom he made many arrangements as well as writing the comic mini-musical "Bull Thrip". His song cycle, "First Person Feminine" was written in conjunctin with Jane Adamson, to be performed by mezzo-soprano, Angela Giblin - a former pupil.  Ian sadly passed away on 20th July 2012.

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