Educator, Harpsichordist and Musicologist Frank Cooper Retires from the Frost School of Music

June 05, 2013 — Coral Gables — Frank Cooper believes he may hold the record for the number of different courses he taught at UM’s Frost School of Music—24! In addition, he taught applied piano and harpsichord. Cooper began teaching at UM in 1983 as a lecturer and became research professor of musicology in 1997. He formerly held appointments at the New World School of the Arts and Butler University, Indianapolis.

“After teaching for 50 years, I want some time to smell the roses before I start pushing up the daisies,” said Cooper. “I’m looking forward to retiring so I can live on my own schedule, reading more widely than ever before and occasionally writing on a variety of subjects.”

As Cooper recalls the highpoints of his career he includes receiving the Liszt Medal from the Government of Hungary, a Presidential Citation from the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Philip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. Cooper’s harpsichord concert performances have received praiseworthy reviews as have his published articles and nine books. He was the subject of broadcasts on National Public Radio (NPR), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Many organizations commissioned Cooper’s program notes and record annotations including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Time/Life, RCA Victor and International Piano Library.

The legacy Cooper leaves is tangible in the form of The Frank Cooper Collection of Facsimiles of musical works from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. He appreciates the donations of friends and supporters, so the faculty and students will always have access to a treasure trove of exactly manufactured replicas of manuscripts, the originals of course are inaccessible. Cooper believes his intangible legacy is teaching more than 1000 students to love learning about music. He will remember the gratitude expressed by students for all they learned while studying with him.

Over the years, Cooper annually gave back to the community by giving two series of public lectures for art lovers in South Florida. For 18 years, he also programmed the Mainly Mozart summer festival, which provided collaborative and solo performance opportunities for outstanding students and faculty and other musicians from neighboring institutions.


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