Barry E. Kopetz, an experienced Ohio conductor and educator, is the new head of Mississippi State University’s music department.
Kopetz formerly was a music professor at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. Prior to joining CU in 2001, he served for 10 years as a music professor at the University of Utah and five years as assistant director of bands at the University of Minnesota. He also has held teaching positions at South Carolina and Ohio public schools and at Bowling Green State University.
Kopetz is an active composer, arranger and published author who received a doctorate in music education, with distinction, from Indiana University. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Ohio State University, as well as a certificate from the New York University School of Business.
Kopetz is a member of the National Band and College Band Directors National associations, Music Educators National Conference, and the Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi honor societies. In 1998, he was selected for membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
Kopetz succeeds longtime department head Michael Brown, who now is teaching the department’s music appreciation classes fulltime. A university employee since 2000, Brown also conducts the MSU Philharmonia and Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra, and is music director and manager of the Starkville Symphony Association.