Kay T. Gainacopulus received his formal musical training at Lawrence University, the Peabody Conservatory and Indiana University from which he received his Doctor of Music Degree. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the College of St. Teresa, Whitman College and St. Norbert College.
Currently he is a professor of music at UW-Oshkosh where he teaches clarinet, saxophone and is Director of the Music Merchandising Program. Kay served as Director of Bands at UW-Oshkosh for ten years.
Previous to his positions in teaching, Dr. Gainacopulus performed as Principal Clarinetist of the Honolulu Symphony, the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the 5th and 7th Army Bands.
His primary applied teachers include saxophonist Eugene Rousseau and clarinetists Clark Brody, Ignatius Gennusa, Bernard Portnoy and Searl Pickett. Dr. Gainacopulus remains active as a performer and clinician on both clarinet and saxophone and has been a clinician for the Yamaha and Leblanc Music Companies. His interest in transcribing compositions for the saxophone choir is an outgrowth of his research in the area of saxophone study and performance during his recent sabbatical leave from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.