orchestra director


Born in Santa Ana California, Derrick Spiva’s conducting, composing, and teaching style reflects the multicultural atmosphere in which he was raised. While a student at UCLA and California Institute of the Arts, world music across many cultures has become an integral part of his musical vocabulary. As a conductor and teacher, and composer, Derrick is devoted to promoting creative and effective collaboration between musicians. His compositions aim to break down the boundaries between musical genres, using integrative composition techniques that seek common ground between musical traditions. Derrick studied classical music as a student of Ian Krouse, Paul Chihara, David Rosenboom and Alex Shapiro, while also studying Persian music theory with Pirayeh Pourafar and Houman Pourmehdi; Balkan music theory with Tzvetanka Varimezova; tala in Hindustani classical music with Swapan Chaudhuri and Aashish Khan; world percussion with Randy Gloss; and West African music and dance with Kobla Ladzepko. He is deeply invested in continuing to develop a pan-cultural compositional style in this unique global community of the 21st century. Derrick received the New Music USA award in 2010 and 2011 and has been commissioned to compose a second original work for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, premiering Spring 2018.  

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