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""Publicity BioProfessor, Associate Chair
Coordinator of Music Education 
Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music
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241 Hulsey Center
(205) 975-0558

Research and Teaching Interests:  Clarinet, Music Education

Office Hours: By appointment

  • BME, Florida State University
  • MM, University of North Texas
  • DMA, University of Kentucky, Clarinet Performance

Denise A. Gainey is Professor of Clarinet and Instrumental Music Education and Associate Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a Backun Artist/Clinician, a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, a Silverstein PRO Team Artist, and serves as President-Elect of the International Clarinet Association. An avid chamber musician, Gainey is sought after as a clinician and performer throughout the United States and abroad, performing with the Amicitia Duo, the UAB Chamber Trio, and the Shepherd duo, with recordings available through Ravello Records and Potenza Music. She has compiled and edited a collection of clarinet solos, Solos for Clarinet, published by Carl Fischer and published a book on master teacher Kalmen Opperman, Kalmen Opperman: A Legacy of Excellence, with Carl Fischer, New York in 2018. Gainey holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Kentucky.

  • Recent Courses
    • Applied Clarinet Lessons
    • Class Woodwinds
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  • Select Performances
    • Annual faculty recitals, collaborative chamber recitals, guest artist recitals
    • Regularly perform with the Alabama Symphony{/slider}
  • Select Publications
    • Denise Schmidt, Solos for Clarinet (Carl Fischer Music, 2001).
  • Academic Distinctions & Professional Societies
    • International Clarinet Association, Secretary and Alabama State Chair
    • National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors
    • National Association for Music Education
    • College Music Society
  • Student Groups
    • Tau Beta Sigma, Chapter Advisor
    • Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education, Chapter Advisor