Instructor profile

Esther Coplin



What do you love about music?

Like other art forms, it is engaging for both the creator and observer at such a level that it has so many benefits for the mind, body, and soul.

Who is your favorite artist?

Emmanuel Pahud, Alexander Scriabin, Yusef Lateef, Duke Ellington — it’s too difficult to pick just one.

What are your top 5 desert island albums?

Music for Wind Ensemble — Les Vents Français (2014)
Recado Novo — Luiz Bonfá
The Ellington Suites — Duke Ellington and his orchestra
Eastern Sounds — Yusef Lateef
Ravel — Yuja Wang

Do you play in a band or currently perform?

I play piano and flute in my church and have recently been collaborating with local jazz artists in Fort Wayne.


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Esther is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University where she studied flute performance. During her undergraduate degree program, she was able to travel to Austria to perform in the Wind Youth Orchestra Project and to Montreal, Canada, to participate in the summer Domaine Forgét program. She also participated in several wind band tours across the United States, including a trip to perform in the IPFW Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. These experiences broadened her understanding and appreciation both for music and the lovely people who create it.