DEVIN COPFER is a performer, recording musician, registered Suzuki teacher, and arts entrepreneur based in Columbus, OH. Graduate of the Ohio State University [BM Violin Performance, BA Arts Management ’14].
Devin is the co-founder, director, and violinist in Chamber Brews, a new music performance series committed to breaking down the fourth wall in classical concerts. She also serves as violinist in Columbus’ new Janus String Quartet with the professor of cello at the Ohio State University Mark Rudoff, violist Nancy Nehring, and violinist Leah Anderson. Janus recently performed with BalletMet in their fall 2019 series BeMoved.
Devin is currently serving as Assistant Concertmaster in the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, and as Principal Second violinist with the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. In her freelance performing career, she has worked with the Central Ohio Discovery Ensemble, Columbus Dance Theater, the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio Wesleyan University, the Ohio State University, Capital University, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Devin’s pop and rock projects include Small Songs [AVANT POP], Fables [FOLK/ROCK], Lowlights [FOLK/ROCK], BABS [FUNK/ROCK], and is a featured vocalist on the 2019 Waves de Ache [AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ] album.
A recipient of 2018 program grants from the Johnstone Fund for New Music and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Devin is an arts advocate dedicated to sustaining creative programs in the Central Ohio region.
Devin’s strong commitment to Suzuki violin teaching is revealed in her philosophy of nurturing responsibility, respect, and love. She follows Dr. Suzuki’s notion that truly, everyone can learn, that “any child has the possibility to be musically inclined” as long as we nurture a love of learning and creativity at home as well as in the studio. Devin believes that through music lessons, we not only get to know our playing, but we get to know ourselves. Through the violin we will cover work ethic, responsibility to music and learning, enrolling the immediate and extended family in our effort and success, the joy of hard work, and so much more. In my studio, we understand that success doesn’t come from outcome, but rather from our journey — and we get to learn how to play the violin as well!