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The Bio of Kyle Coughlin

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Kyle Coughlin is an active performer, educator, composer, author, and digital artist. He earned both his doctorate and masters degrees in clarinet performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of Loren Kitt, and his bachelors degree from the University of Maryland as a student of Ed Walters. He is on the faculty of Howard Community College where he teaches clarinet, saxophone, and music appreciation.

Coughlin has written several educational books for beginning clarinet and saxophone students, including his Beginning Clarinet Songbook and beginning jazz woodwind series. He has also created extensive interactive web-based tools to help students become better musicians. MetronomeBot is a talking online metronome that is helpful for students of all ages on all instruments. Coughlin’s clarinet fingering charts and pitch name games and very helpful for beginning and intermediate clarinetists.

As a freelance musician, Coughlin has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra, as well as orchestras at the Hippodrome, the Lyric Opera House, Wolf Trap, Arena Stage, and Merriweather Post Pavilion. He has also performed at Blues Alley and has been a featured soloist at ClarinetFest.

He has released two solo jazz CDs, When Afternoons Return, and In the Shadow of Palms. Coughlin’s music has been heard around the world in film and television. He received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2003 for his compositions. In 2008, he was awarded another grant from the Maryland State Arts Council for solo classical performance.

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