Darryl Cooper is currently the Music Director and Vocal Coach for Opera Studies at UNLV. Before coming to Las Vegas, he was the Assistant Music Director of the Opera Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he worked for over 20 years as a pianist, coach, and conductor. He studied at The Florida State University, Brevard Music Center, New England Conservatory, and holds a M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music,where his teachers included James Streem, Marilyn Neeley, Margo Garrett, and Timothy Bach. He is also on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and has previously been a member of the opera and coaching faculties of the Boston Conservatory, Boston University Theater Institute, Crittenden Opera Studio, Chautauqua Opera, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, and an Artist-in-Residence at Brandeis University. Mr. Cooper has prepared numerous professional and workshop opera productions in the Bay Area, New England, and Italy. In addition, he prepared Jerome Robbin’s West Side Story Ballet for the San Francisco Ballet, and is a co-teacher of The Singer’s Gym. He is an active recital partner, and has been heard on WGBH Radio, Boston.