Denise A. Gainey is Associate Professor of Clarinet and Instrumental Music Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a Backun Artist/Clinican, an educational recording artist for Carl Fischer Music, and is secretary of the International Clarinet Association. Gainey is also the State Representative of Alabama for the International Clarinet Association, and served as the State Chair Coordinator for the ICA. She comes to UAB from a nine-year tenure as Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Coordinator of Music Education at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, where she was a member of the Asheville, Kingsport, and Hendersonville Symphonies. She was a member of the Missouri Chamber Orchestra in Columbia, Missouri, from 1993-1997.

Gainey is an active clinician and recitalist throughout the United States and performs regularly with the Alabama Symphony. She has performed as a guest artist at several ClarinetFests including Assisi, Italy, at the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium in 2003 and 2009, and as soloist with several orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the United States, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, and Denmark. She performed as a member of the McCracken Woodwind Quintet from 1998-2001. She served as clarinet specialist for the Denton Independent School District in Denton, Texas, from 1991-1993, and was a middle school band director in Pasco County, Florida, for five years.

Gainey has compiled and edited a collection of clarinet solos, Solos for Clarinet, published by Carl Fischer in 2001 (as Denise Schmidt), and is currently writing a book on the life and work of master teacher Kalmen Opperman. She received the Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University, the Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from The University of North Texas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet from The University of Kentucky. Gainey’s major teachers include Kalmen Opperman, James Gillespie, Frank Kowalsky, and Fred Ormand.