P. Blake Cooper, a proud native of Louisville KY, is the newly appointed Lecturer of Tuba at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles CA. He also serves as a Teaching Artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel's signature program, Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA), inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education system. This second YOLA site is housed within the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) Youth Center located in the Rampart district near Downtown Los Angeles. Blake’s teaching duties at YOLA at HOLA consist of conducting the wind ensemble, creating and managing the brass department curriculum, and teaching basic music theory and musicianship. He is also frequently featured as a guest teacher, clinician and conductor throughout Southern California at such schools as the University of Southern California, the Harvard-Westlake School and many others.
Blake is also a busy freelance performer in the Los Angeles music scene, having performed as Principal Tubist with local ensembles such as the San Bernardino Symphony, Downey Symphony, and formerly with the American Youth Symphony. Blake can also be seen regularly on the solo stage as a recitalist and guest soloist. Recent solo performances include featured solo recitals at the South West Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in Flagstaff AZ and the Mid South Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in Corpus Christi, TX. Blake’s all tuba quartet has recently returned from Linz, Austria where they competed and won 3rd Prize at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference. He also performs and records regularly with the USC Scholarship Brass, USC Bass Tuba Quartet and many other fine ensembles and artists throughout Southern California.
Blake is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he received a Bachelors of Music in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz Bass, he earned a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin where he also served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant in applied tuba and euphonium. Blake is in the throws of completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California where his studies revolve around tuba performance, music education, conducting and jazz bass.