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.