Kyle Coughlin, clarinet
Kyle Coughlin earned both his Doctorate and Masters degrees in clarinet performance from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Loren Kitt. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland where he studied clarinet with Ed Walters and saxophone with Dr. George Ross.
Dr. Coughlin has taught clarinet and saxophone lessons and classes at HCC since 1994. His former students have gone on to the Eastman School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, University of Florida, University of Maryland, and Towson University. He has written ten educational books, including the Beginning Clarinet Songbook, and beginning jazz methods for clarinet and saxophone. Dr. Coughlin has also created several interactive educational websites dedicated to helping students improve their musical skills.
An active recitalist, Dr. Coughlin has given numerous performances across the country. He also has been a featured soloist performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Loyola DaCamera, conducted by Ernest Liotti, and the Columbia Orchestra, conducted by Jason Love. In 2004, he was a featured soloist at ClarinetFest, the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association. His honors include two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for both performance and composition.
Dr. Coughlin has released two jazz CDs, When Afternoons Return and In the Shadow of Palms. As a sideman, Coughlin is a featured soloist on the CD Better Days Ahead by John Blount, former lead trumpeter with the U.S. Navy Commodores jazz ensemble. He has also recorded with guitarist Tim Jenkins, trumpeter Todd Butler, and guitarist Mark Stanley.
A versatile performer, Dr. Coughlin plays frequently with rock bands and is the saxophonist in the Baltimore based group, Junkyard Saints. As a freelance musician, he has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra, orchestras at the Kennedy Center, the Lyric Opera House, the Hippodrome, Wolf Trap, and many others. He has also performed with Manhattan Transfer, the Four Freshman, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Christine Baranski, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Marie Osmond, Tony Curtis, the Moody Blues, and Roger Daltrey, to name a few. His musical journeys have led him far beyond his home state to concerts throughout the United States and Evian, France.