Ken Cooper received his graduate degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. His 35 years of teaching instruction include instrumental music in the public school and twelve years at Graceland University in Iowa. He is presently retired and lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Shelly, who is on the music faculty at the University of Arizona.
While teaching, he composed a large number of instrumental, choral and keyboard compositions. Now retired, he has more time to arrange and compose, so has added many more pieces to his repertoire. He enjoys visiting elementary band programs to demonstrate the process of composing. He often uses a student's phone number for a theme and then explains how to manipulate the theme and add harmony. He then arranges the ion for the band to perform on their next concert.
His commissioned works include writing for many churches, the Kansas City Symphony, and Adventureland Amusement Park (Des Moines, Iowa). He also has written over 80 hymn arrangements that are distributed to a worldwide church piano club. The most satisfying compositions he has written are in the musical Joseph's Son, with author Bil Rodgers.
We powerfully follow an old, blind rabbi, Eleazar, as he returns with his grandson to Nazareth to find the answer to a question that has plagued him for most of his adult life: "Who was the son of his old friend, Joseph?" In seeking the answer, Eleazar takes a journey back in time to remember the strange events that came with a simple carpenter to the village on the edge of nowhere...of the romance that bloomed between Joseph and the daughter of Joachim...of the disgrace that stained the betrothal of Joseph and Mary...of the events that set them all on the ro...