Dr. Kyle Coughlin, clarinet, saxophone, and jazz improvisation, Coordinator of Woodwind, Brass, & Jazz Studies
Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, teacher, and writer Kyle Coughlin is a versatile musician who is proficient in styles ranging from jazz to classical to popular music. He earned both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in clarinet performance from the Peabody Conservatory, as a student of Loren Kitt, and he received his Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland as a student of Ed Walters.
As a classical soloist, Dr. Coughlin has performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Loyola DaCamera and the Columbia Orchestra. He has also performed numerous solo recitals in the Baltimore-Washington area. His clarinet honors include first prize in the Professional Division of the Baltimore Music Club, and finalist in the Buffet North American Clarinet Competition. In 2007, he was awarded a Solo Instrumental Performer grant from the Maryland State Arts Council for his classical clarinet work.
As a jazz musician, Dr. Coughlin has played at every major venue in the Baltimore-Washington area, including Blues Alley, the King of France Tavern, the New Haven Lounge, the Baltimore-Washington Jazzfest, and the Kennedy Center. In 2004, he was a featured soloist at ClarinetFest, the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association. He has performed with several outstanding New York-based jazz musicians, including Terell Stafford, George Colligan, Alex Norris, and Lou Rainone. He also has performed and recorded with The Todd Butler Group, John Blount, and guitarist Mark Stanley.
Dr. Coughlin has worked as a freelance musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Philharmonic, the National Gallery Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the orchestras at the Kennedy Center, the Lyric Opera House, Arena Stage, Wolf Trap, and Merriweather Post Pavilion. He has also worked with Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Marie Osmond, Tony Curtis, the Moody Blues, Roger Daltrey, and many others. His musical journeys have led him far beyond his home state to concerts throughout the East Coast, California, and Evian, France.
An active educator, Dr. Coughlin teaches private lessons on clarinet, saxophone, and jazz improvisation. He has written two educational books, Beginning Jazz Clarinet Studies, Volumes 1 and 2, which are publshed by SkyLeap Music. Presently, he is finishing his Beginning Clarinet Songbook, which will be an interactive online teaching tool with an accompanying CD.
Dr. Coughlin has released two critcally acclaimed jazz CDs, When Afternoons Return (2001), and In the Shadow of Palms (2002). He has won several honors for his compositions, including a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2003. His composition credits also include works for Fox Television, the Discovery Channel, and several commercial jingles.