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about to obtain his undergraduate degree in bassoon performance from the
Eastman School of Music. Here, he studied under George Sakakeeny, and
gained an interest in conducting which he also studied for two years. During
his time at Eastman, he performed on bassoon and contrabassoon with the
Eastman Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia, and served as principal bassoon in
their 2019 performance of Shostakovich's 5th Symphony. His solo repertoire is
varied, ranging from modern bassoon standards to a number of Bach cello suites.
to play with and learn from new musicians, he has attended the Round Top Music
Festival and participated in master classes with Richard Beene, Matthew McDonald, Drew Pattison,
and Kristin Wolfe Jensen. Following his graduation from Eastman, Derek will
pursue a graduate degree in order to continue his musical studies.
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