Denise A. Gainey is associate professor of clarinet and instrumental music education and also coordinator of graduate studies in music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Actively involved with the International Clarinet Association (ICA), she has served as State Chair Coordinator and is presently ICA’s secretary and the state representative for Alabama. Gainey has distinguished herself as a Backun Artist/Clinician, a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist/Clinician, and an Educational Recording Artist for Carl Fischer Music.
A well-known guest artist, she has performed at several ClarinetFest® events, most recently in Madrid, Spain, and Assisi, Italy, and as soloist with several orchestras and wind ensembles in the United States, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Denmark.
Gainey appears frequently as a clinician and recitalist at major venues nationwide, performs regularly with the Alabama Symphony, and has been a member of the Asheville, Kingsport, and Hendersonville Symphonies, the McCracken Woodwind Quintet, and the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. She previously held positions as coordinator of music education at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina; clarinet specialist for the Denton (TX) Independent School District; and middle school band director in Pasco County, Florida.
In 2001, Gainey compiled and edited a collection titled, Solos for Clarinet, (published under the name Denise Schmidt) through Carl Fischer Music. She is currently writing a book on the life and work of master teacher Kalmen Opperman. Gainey holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University; Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from The University of North Texas; and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet from The University of Kentucky. Her major teachers include Kalmen Opperman, James Gillespie, Frank Kowalsky, and Fred Ormand.