Brandon Coffer, a Knoxville Native, earned his bachelor degree in piano performance from Carson-Newman University. Upon graduating, Mr. Coffer served as staff accompanist at C-N from 2013 through 2016. During his time with the university, Mr. Coffer performed at Vestival (2014) and the Dogwood Arts Festival (2015 and 2016). Mr. Coffer is a sought-after collaborative pianist in the East Tennessee area with opera companies, theater guilds, chamber concerts, and various universities. He serves as resident pianist and musical director for Marble City Opera in Knoxville, TN. Since his beginning at MCO in 2016, Mr. Coffer has performed in three world premieres- Follow Suit by Griffin Candey, Talk to me like the rain, and Amelia Lost both by Larry Delinger. Also to his credit, Mr. Coffer served as music director for MCO productions of Blue Monday by George Gershwin, La Voix Francis Poulenc, The Telephone Gian Carlo Menotti, The Gallantry by Douglas Moore, La Divina by Thomas Pasatieri and The Stronger by Hugo Weisgall. Mr. Coffer has many musical theater credits including Les Miserables and Secret Garden with Newport Theater Guild and Ragtime and The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Encore Theater in Morristown, TN. Recently, Mr. Coffer served as music director in Lincoln Memorial University’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s’ Twelfth Night. Mr. Coffer has also served as pianist/accompanist at Bearden United Methodist and Lincoln Park Baptist in Knoxville and Trinity United Methodist in Greeneville, TN. Currently, along with MCO responsibilities, you can find Brandon serving as a piano instructor at LeGrand Music Studios, accompanist for Morristown East High School, and pianist/accompanist at First Baptist church in downtown Knoxville. As of May 2018, Mr. Coffer along with Cremaine Booker (aka That Cello Guy) and Jason Pooler formed a contemporary piano trio comprised of black male musicians who call themselves Black T.I.E. who aim to bring innovations, creativity, and excellence through their musical talents. By transcending, illuminating, and educating (T.I.E.) their audience that all musicians regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, or genre of music have been empowered by their talents to share their passion and art.