Profile:Kerry Cobuccio

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Kerry "naia28" Cobuccio (b.1980) has always had an interest in the arts, which have included singing, acting, and performing in bands, orchestras, and chamber groups. She began composing at the age of sixteen. She stumbled upon a composition class at a music camp, and has not been able to stop since! She wrote her first piece at this camp with the help of future composition teacher, Michael Annicchiarico. This inspired her to pursue music as a career, and during her junior year, she finally came to terms with her passion, composing. Kerry has a BM in music theory from the University of New Hampshire (2002), an MA in music composition, and a Preparing Future Faculty Program Certificate from the University of Minnesota (2005).

Her principal composition teachers have been Michael Annicchiarico, Andrew Boysen, and Judith Lang Zaimont. She has studied clarinet with Patricia Cunningham, Dave Seiler, and John Anderson. Kerry continues to be an active performer, particularly in new music. She was a member of the recently revived New Music Ensemble at the University of Minnesota and has performed pieces written by herself and her colleagues.

Kerry has written music of all kinds of medium including chamber works, large ensemble music, electronic music, and film and media. Her music has appeared in the film of free-lance artist Jennifer Quick, soloists at the ameteur and professional level, ensembles in public schools, Zeitgeist and heard on KFAI in Minneapolis. Recent commissions include the Central College Wind Ensemble in Pella Iowa.

She has taught clarinet, theory, composition, and general music in the Manchester Schools (New Hampshire), the University of New Hampshire Summer Youth Music School, an instructor in music theory fundamentals (University of Minnesota), and music appreciation and pop music and culture (Schoolcraft College, Michigan). She has participated in the Preparing Future Faculty Program, a program that allows graduate students to mentor at a neighboring college and act as a guest lecturer. Teaching is as important as composing to Kerry.

Her interests go beyond that of twenty-first century classical composer. Fate brought Kerry to Los Angeles in 2006 where she is pursuing writing music for the entertainment industry, with a particular interest in writing music for video games. Film and Television, along with video games were her first influences as a composer and she wants to get back to her roots. Beginning in the summer of 2006, Kerry has been admitted into the prestigious Film Scoring Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kerry lives in Los Angeles with her fiancee Dave.

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