photo by Kathryn Ewa

photo by Kathryn Ewa

Darcy Copeland is a composer and musician currently based in Chicago. A Michigan native, her passions led her to the city to pursue of a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Columbia College.

During her time at Columbia, she has established herself as an active member of her community on campus as well as the new music scene in Chicago; in addition to being a full time student, she has interned for Ensemble Dal Niente and Spektral Quartet, collaborated with fellow composers, and has run Cadre, the student composer's collective at Columbia, for the last year. A William Russo scholar, she has studied with Eliza Brown, Daniel Dehaan, and Kenn Kumpf.

Darcy has been drawn to the sonic world from a young age, and her musical experiences lie firstly in experimentation and curiosity. Today, her work is inspired by experimentation and attempts to ask questions about the human experience and existentialist philosophies, often drawing on the contrast between the extremities of human nature. Sonically, her work explores the balance between delicate and abrasive, pure and impure, authentic and superficial. She explores both acoustic and electronic mediums, and has an interest in the blending of the two sonic realms, working with Max/MSP, effects pedals, and synthesizers. 

As a performer, Darcy's passion lies with the cello, though she has also received formal training for voice, flute, and guitar. As a cellist, she has performed in a number of her peers' recitals and collaborated with fellow colleagues and composers on a number of works, and has also performed in collegiate ensembles as both a vocalist and cellist.