Derek J. Weagle (b. 1993) is a multi-faceted artist and administrator based in New York City.
Disrupt academic and social barriers around classical music and the canonized concert hall.
Foster equitable access to music education.
Bring a wide breadth of genre, tradition, and ritual together into singular musical experiences.
Oregon Bach Festival 2018 'New Sound Worlds' | petals! petals!
New England Conservatory Sesquicentennial | Assembly
Roger Williams University | The Vespers, the Star the Light of Love!
Premieres in Boston's Historic Jordan Hall | Assembly, Resplendent Sorrow, Serenade
University of Massachusetts Lowell | Earthrise Mass, Three Miniatures for the Not-So-Miniature
UMass Lowell String Project & Youth Orchestra | Conductor & Composer-in-Residence
American String Teachers Association National Conference 2015 | Best Practices Presenter
M.M. Music Composition + minor in Choral Conducting, New England Conservatory.
Studies with Michael Gandolfi, Erica Washburn, Malcolm Peyton
B.M. Music Education, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Studies with Daniel Lutz, Meg Ruby, David Martins, Hey Rim Jeon
Testimonials & Press
"I had the pleasure of working with Derek as a conductor in several ensembles at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium with the opportunity to premiere one of his own compositions he conducted himself. During rehearsals for every ensemble, Derek gave useful suggestions and was very considerate to hear the input of the players in his own work. I appreciated how efficiently Derek ran rehearsals with clarity and expressive conducting in our limited time together. Truly a great artist I hope to continue working with."
"It was an absolutely wonderful experience to collaborate with Derek on his work for my band, Three Wilson Portraits. He put in a substantial amount of time into researching Henry Wilson, a historical figure that is extremely important to our community but little known outside of it. That research inspired his multi-movement work for my band and he worked with me to tailor the piece to their strengths and weaknesses. Throughout the process he was always responsive to any questions or concerns and was always seeking feedback on how the process was going. It was great to have him come in and work and share his craft with our students. He is an absolutely passionate musician and it shines through in his composing and conducting. I would highly recommend Derek to any ensemble looking commission a work."
The Wilson Winds, an auditioned ensemble, is practicing a piece titled “Three Wilson Portraits,” which composer Derek Weagle wrote to celebrate the life of the country’s 18th vice president.On Tuesday, Weagle visited Wilson Middle School and worked with the ensemble, offering feedback on [...] the piece.
“The best thing about working with kids and doing this is they get to write the piece with you,” Weagle said.
— Brian Benson, Metrowest Daily News
"Derek has the rare gift of transmitting pure vibration through the music he composes. He is in essence a clear channel for the healing powers of music. Derek is also a composer/musician who is in tune with the pulse of the times. Highly intuitive and technically skilled, he possesses the ability to touch the hearts of those that are lucky to hear his music!"
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