Derek earned his bachelor’s degree in performance at the University of Iowa School of Music in the fall of 2014 and returned to work on his master’s degree in the fall of 2016. Derek had played in masterclasses with Diana Gannett, Barry Green, Hans Sturm, David Murray, Paul Sharpe, Anthony Stoops and several others.
He performs regularly with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra and subs as principal with several regional orchestras. In the summer of 2017, Derek had the opportunity and privilege to play with the University of Iowa Bass Ensemble at the International Society of Bassists convention in Ithaca, NY.
In addition to bass performance, Derek is currently serving as the head librarian for the University of Iowa Orchestras under the direction of Dr. William LaRue Jones.
Derek looks forward to future opportunities life and music have waiting for him and is always excited to continue working with the amazing faculty at the University of Iowa.