Instructor
Joined in
2019
Teaches at:
Education

B.M.E. University of Arizona, M.M. Saxophone Performance Indiana University, D.M.A. The Hartt School in progress

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

Foot in the Door contemporary ensemble, The Hartt School Wind Ensemble, Ma'at Saxophone Quartet, Choir director at Rocky Ridge Music Center, Saxophone instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Teaching Experience

Choir director at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson AZ for 6 years, Woodwind instructor at Stafford Music Academy in Bloomington IN for 2 years, Associate Instructor of Saxophone at Indiana University for 2 years, Private saxophone and clarinet instructor in Tucson AZ for 6 years, Beginning band teacher at BASIS Charter Schools in Tucson AZ for 2 years

Specialties / Genres Taught

Classical music, Jazz, Contemporary music, Chamber music, Band and orchestra music, Music theory, Audition preparation, Woodwind doubling

Performance Experience

Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Empyrean Saxophone Quartet, Presidio Saxophone Quartet, University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, Two tours of China with Artifact Dance Company, Soloist with Tucson Symphony Orchestra

About Derek

Derek is a doctoral student studying Saxophone Performance and Conducting at the Hartt School. He earned his master's degree from Indiana University, and a B.M. in Music Education and Performance from the University of Arizona. Derek has over 10 years of experience teaching in studio and classroom settings, helping students of all ages and abilty levels reach their musical goals. As a performer, Derek is experienced in classical, jazz, pop, and musical theatre styles on all saxophones, clarinet, and flute. Past teachers include Timothy McAllister, Otis Murphy, and Carrie Koffman. 
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