Denise Gainey

Denise Gainey

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Denise Gainey is Professor of Clarinet and Instrumental Music Education and Associate Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a Backun Artist/Clinician and a Légère Reeds Endorsing Artist, and serves as President of the International Clarinet Association. An avid chamber musician, Gainey is sought after as a clinician and performer throughout the United States and abroad, performing with the Amicitia Duo, the Shepherd Duo, and the UAB Chamber Trio, with recordings available through Naxos, Ravello Records, and Potenza Music. She has compiled and edited a collection of clarinet solos, Solos for Clarinet, published by Carl Fischer and published a book on master teacher Kalmen Opperman, Kalmen Opperman: A Legacy of Excellence, with Carl Fischer, New York, in 2018.  Gainey holds degrees from the Florida State University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Kentucky.