Meet the Musicians

Meet the Musicians

Get to know the amazing musicians of the Memphis Symphony!

Barrie Cooper

Barrie Cooper

Concertmaster, The Joy Brown Wiener Chair

Barrie Cooper, Concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, started violin at the age of 4 with John Kendall at the Suzuki program at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  She also served as Kendall's assistant traveling across the United States and Japan to workshops and conferences. Because none of her friends would, Barrie studied viola to play in the Piu Mosso quartet which gave numerous concerts in the Midwest and east coast. She was principal viola for 2 years in the St Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York and graduated from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore Maryland.  At Peabody, Barrie won the Marbury Violin Competition and the Josef Kasper Prize for excellence in violin performance. Barrie has spent the last 19 summers as principal Second violin in the American Institute of Musical Studies orchestra in Graz, Austria as well as being part of the violin section of the Arizona Musicfest in 2016.  Barrie is a diehard St. Louis Cardinal fan and shares her home with her wonderful animal family!