Roger A. Cope

Roger A. Cope

Roger. Cope joined the CVNC cadre of writers in 2003 producing over 70 articles before becoming Editor in September of 2006. Prior to CVNC he had written articles for the original Florida Flambeau (now the FSView), was staff writer and regular columnist for Vintage Motorsport Magazine, and composed reviews, features and technical pieces for Guitar Review, Guitar Foundation of America's Soundboard Magazine, and GuitART International. He is also in demand for liner notes of commercial guitar recordings. He is author of The Bachelor Guitarist, guide for undergraduate study, and Guitar: How to Audition. He attended the 2005 National Arts Journalism Institute at Columbia University, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cope was musical as a child and performed on a variety of instruments until finally settling into what has become a life-long career as a classical guitarist. He has served as orchestral soloist, concert performer, recitalist, lecturer, recording artist, and, since 1978 a college-level educator. For nine years he was a member of the Affiliate Artist Faculty at Brevard College (NC), serving as Director of Guitar Studies and Director of the Guitar Ensemble. He is currently a Lecturer and member of the Music Studio Teaching Faculty at California State University at Bakersfield where he also directs the Guitar Ensemble, and serves as coach for chamber music groups.

Cope has premiered new music for guitar by Karen Thomas, David Leonard, Paul Elwood, and Bertil Van Boer. In North Carolina he has performed at Thomas Wolf Auditorium, the Diana Wortham Theatre, and Biltmore Estate in Asheville and at the Porter Center for Performing Arts in Brevard, the Henderson County Library in Hendersonville, the Muses Gallery in Flat Rock, the School of Music of Appalachian State University, and High Hampton Inn at Cashiers. He has also performed at the Dock Street Theater in Charleston, SC, and as soloist with the Charlotte Repertory Orchestra, the Hendersonville Symphony, and the Asheville Symphony.

Articles by Roger A. Cope:

Ed Stephenson's Esencia: Eons of Spirit and Passion

Band, Recital, World Music Media Review by Roger A. Cope,  March 8, 2012

Akerman-Teixeira Guitar Duo: More Than Meets The Ear

Recital Media Review by Roger A. Cope,  January 2, 2012

Favorites, David Leisner

Recital Media Review by Roger A. Cope,  December 21, 2011

A New Voice, with a New Instrument, Emerges from a Small, New Label

Recital Media Review by Roger A. Cope,  May 26, 2011

Paul Galbraith "in Concert" - Mozart, Bach, Britten, & More

Recital Media Review by Roger A. Cope,  April 20, 2011

Carlos Pérez: Música de Julio Sagreras

Recital Media Review by Roger A. Cope,  September 21, 2010

Matt Palmer: Un tiempo fue Italica famosoa

Recital Media Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 26, 2010

Guitar Music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Orchestral Music Media Review by Roger A. Cope,  April 20, 2009

Keowee CMF: Pretty Place

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  June 15, 2008

Keowee CMF: Hot!

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  June 8, 2008

Brevard Philharmonic: Season Concludes with Vigor

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  May 18, 2008

Asheville Ballet: Coppelia with Medley of West Side Story

Dance Review by Roger A. Cope,  May 9, 2008

Manuel Barrueco: Chamber Nuance

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  May 1, 2008

Simon Trpceski

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  March 21, 2008

¡Bravo Mexico!

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  February 2, 2008

A Trio for Tryon

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  January 27, 2008

BMC Finale: Mahler Two, Effron Adieu

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  August 5, 2007

BMC: Transylvania Symphonic Band

Wind Ensemble Review by Roger A. Cope,  August 4, 2007

BMC: The Kids & Joiner Rock Stravinsky

Orchestral Music Preview by Roger A. Cope,  August 3, 2007

BMC: Copland, Bernstein, and Aldridge

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 30, 2007

BMC: Hot Rod Soloist, Soon-to-Be Laureate Conductor, "Amazing" Orchestra

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 24, 2007

Brevard Music Center: Candide

Opera Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 5, 2007

Asheville Ballet: Casse-Noisette

Dance Review by Roger A. Cope,  December 6, 2006

Asheville Symphony Chorus - Another Mozart 250: Requiem

Choral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  November 4, 2006

Keowee: French Recollections in Cathedral of All Souls

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  October 29, 2006

Stolen Moments: Williams and Etheridge

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  October 28, 2006

HCCMF Fall Concert - Beethoven in Blue Jeans

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  October 1, 2006

UNC Asheville: Judi Lampert - Precision Plus Flute

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  September 30, 2006

Gilgamesh: Black Swan Theater, Asheville Ballet, Untold Ensemble, Cantaria

Dance-Theatre, Musical Theatre Review by Roger A. Cope,  September 29, 2006

BMC Season Finale: Liszt's Faust Symphony

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  August 6, 2006

BMC: Planets & More

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  August 4, 2006

BMC: Janiec Opera Company: Carmen - No Bull

Opera Review by Roger A. Cope,  August 3, 2006

I Solisti di Brevard

Chamber Orchestra Review by Roger A. Cope,  August 2, 2006

BMC: Bernstein, Rózsa, & Rachmaninov - Everything Rocks

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 30, 2006

BMC: Mozartiana, or Bowling for Mozart

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 26, 2006

BMC: The Faun and Angela Brown - May the Circle Be Unbroken

Orchestral Music, Vocal Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 23, 2006

BMC: Keith Lockhart Returns, Conducts, Speaks, Advises

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 16, 2006

Appalachian Summer Festival: Limón Dance Company

Dance Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 14, 2006

BMC: Díaz Trio at Porter Center

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 10, 2006

Bach & Mahler: Titans Indeed

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 9, 2006

Champagne, Chocolate, and Virtuosos in the Mountains

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 8, 2006

BMC Variations: Canadian Brass - These Guys Aren't Well Either

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 4, 2006

BMC's Schubertiad: Did You Hear Something?

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 3, 2006

BMC's Beethoven "Pastoral" - Lush Greenery

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 1, 2006

BMC Variations Concert: Burt Bacharach - Easy Listening

Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  June 27, 2006

Leo Kottke: Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  June 24, 2006

BMC 70th Season - Opening Night: Only Mozart

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  June 23, 2006

Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival: Serial Music at New Plane

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  June 19, 2006

Asheville Ballet: Firebird & ANNA!

Dance Review by Roger A. Cope,  May 12, 2006

Guitar Society's Spring Recital: Paying the Dues

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  May 7, 2006

Asheville Symphony Season Finale: Brahms' Requiem

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  April 22, 2006

Marcos Díaz: Impeccable Clarity

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  April 14, 2006

Eleventh Annual Appalachian Guitar Fest - Its Time Has Come

Music Feature by Roger A. Cope,  April 9, 2006

Fun with Eliot Fisk and Paco Peña

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  April 6, 2006

Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra Shines - Gresham Charms

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  March 26, 2006

Rucco-James Duo - Golden Age of Guitar

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  March 19, 2006

Black Watch & Welsh Guards - Britannia Rules!

Band, Brass Band, World Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  March 10, 2006

Asheville Chamber Music Series: Biava SQ - Feeding Chickadees

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  March 3, 2006

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: Big Art

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  March 2, 2006

Sunday Afternoon with Steinbeck and Brucksch, or Chamber music á deux

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  February 26, 2006

Russian National Ballet's Swan Lake - Iconic Pointing

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  February 25, 2006

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Dance, Jazz Review by Roger A. Cope,  February 10, 2006

Asheville Ballet: WinterDance

Dance Review by Roger A. Cope,  January 21, 2006

The Price of Great Art: Schubert's Winterreise at HCCMF

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  November 25, 2005

Ginger Kowal Triumphs with Brevard Philharmonic

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  November 13, 2005

Asheville Bravo Concerts' La Bohème: Flagrante Delicto Takes a Vacation

Opera Review by Roger A. Cope,  November 12, 2005

Brevard Philharmonic Debut: Promissory Notes - Pay It Forward

Review by Roger A. Cope,  October 2, 2005

Asheville Chamber Music Series: The Mozart Piano Quartet - Appassionato y fuoco, ad hoc

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  September 30, 2005

Benjamin Bunch Performs for the Transylvania Arts Council

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  September 29, 2005

Pianist Kevin Ayesh's Hommage à George Phillips

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  September 18, 2005

Asheville Symphony - The New Era Begins: Meet the New Boss

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  September 17, 2005

BMC Season Finale - Effron Packs Up, Escapes

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  August 7, 2005

BMC: Keith Lockhart Conducts the Transylvania Symphony Orchestra

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  August 5, 2005

I Solisti de Brevard

Chamber Orchestra Review by Roger A. Cope,  August 3, 2005

David Effron to Retire from BMC - A CVNC Insight Interview: Life in the Pits

Orchestral Music Feature by Roger A. Cope,  August 2, 2005

BMC: Symphonie Fantastique - Passion Amid the Honksters

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 31, 2005

BMC: Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble - Nine Guys in Tuxedos

Jazz Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 29, 2005

BMC: Miami String Quartet with Douglas Weeks, piano - Our Gang Rocks the House

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 25, 2005

Peter Serkin & Michael Stern Join for a Special EMF Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 23, 2005

BMC: Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Musical Theatre Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 23, 2005

BMC: Frederica von Stade Returns - There's Something About Presence...

Orchestral Music, Vocal Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 22, 2005

Carlos Pérez, Chilean Guitarist

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 21, 2005

BMC: Bachauer Memorial Concert: Rach. Two & More Brahms

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 17, 2005

BMC: The Díaz Trio & the 500 lb. Gorilla

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 13, 2005

BMC Variations: Emmylou Harris - One More Waltz

Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 12, 2005

BMC: Spanish Tales and French Romantics - Impressionistic Impressions

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 10, 2005

The 5th New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes - From the Inside Out

Music Feature by Roger A. Cope,  July 3, 2005

BMC All-Beethoven Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  June 26, 2005

BMC's Janiec Opera Company Serves up Rossini's The Barber of Seville

Opera Review by Roger A. Cope,  June 25, 2005

Brevard Music Center Opening Night: The Chickens Come Home To Roost

Orchestral Music Feature by Roger A. Cope,  June 24, 2005

Keowee Opening Night: Nothin' But Wood

Chamber Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  June 17, 2005

Just in Time for Epiphany: Raleigh Flute Choir - Air Angels on High

Media Review by Roger A. Cope,  January 6, 2005

Fisk & Outwater & the NCS

Orchestral Music Review by Roger A. Cope,  October 8, 2004

HSO: Berlioz, Rodrigo, & Copland

Review by Roger A. Cope,  October 11, 2003

Eliot Fisk: Everybody Stand Back!

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  August 1, 2003

Early Romantic Music For Two Guitars

Recital Media Review by Roger A. Cope,  July 31, 2003

Isbin & Morgenstern Headline Appalachian Summer Festival

Recital Review by Roger A. Cope,  June 23, 2003