Brooklyn-based composer-conductor Derek J. Weagle is passionate about disrupting academic and social barriers around new music, uniting a wide variety of genre, tradition, and ritual into a single musical experience. His work spans both instrumental and vocal idioms, ranging from professional to educational audiences. Significant projects include the premieres of his Earthrise Mass, Serenade, a companion piece to Britten’s work premiered in Boston’s historic Jordan Hall by hornist John-Morgan Bush, and Assembly, commissioned for the Sesquicentennial of the New England Conservatory. His Serenade received Honorable Mention by the International Horn Society in their 2018 annual composition call. This summer, Derek premiered Water Rites, a ritual cantata for choir and percussion at the 2019 Choral Arts Initiative PREMIERE|Project Festival and 2019 Choral Chameleon Institute.
In addition to his full-time position as Manager of Learning and Leadership Production with the League of American Orchestras, Weagle freelances as a consultant in artistic operations, development, communications, and data maintenance for several artists and ensembles including Voices 21c and the Refugee Orchestra Project. Derek is also an avid ‘conlanger’ and is a member of the Language Creation Society. Additionally, he sings with Collegium Musicum of Columbia University. Weagle holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an M.M. with Academic Honors in Music Composition with a minor in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory as a student of Michael Gandolfi and Erica Washburn.