Derek began his study at Iowa after transferring to the university in the fall of 2011. He has played double bass now for over a decade and sincerely enjoys the work he does with Volkan and the rest of the bass studio. Along with his orchestral activity with the school of music, Derek plays with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra and has subbed for a number of organizations in the Iowa community. Music continues to be a passion in his life with everyday bringing new opportunity and achievement. Derek is most excited about continuing his study and expanding his knowledge of the instrument that he cares for unconditionally.