Denise Gainey is professor of clarinet and instrumental music education and associate chair of the Department of Music at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a Backun Artist/clinician and a Légère Reeds endorsing artist, and serves as president-elect of the International Clarinet Association.
An avid chamber musician, Gainey is sought after as a clinician and performer throughout the United States and abroad, performing with the Amicitia Duo and the UAB Chamber Trio, with recordings available on Naxos, Ravello Records, and Potenza Music.
She has compiled and edited a collection of clarinet solos, Solos for Clarinet, (Carl Fischer), and authored a book on master teacher Kalmen Opperman, Kalmen Opperman: A Legacy of Excellence (Carl Fischer) in 2018. Gainey holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Kentucky.