Derek Fenstermacher

Derek F.

Andover, NJ

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Derek delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 10+

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Derek Fenstermacher is leading a new era of tuba soloists into the 21st century with his dynamic musicianship and keen eye for detail. As the recently appointed Principal Tubist with the New Jersey Symphony, Derek has now entered into the New Jersey music scene with a thirst for creativity and a passion for education. In 2015, he joined the Albany Symphony Orchestra as Principal Tuba.

Prior to coming to the NJSO, Derek was the Principal Tubist with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra (TN) from 2006-2014. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, and Meridian Symphony orchestras, as well as being an Associate Member with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2008-2009.

An enthusiastic teacher, Derek teaches orchestral tuba at Bard College’s Conservatory of Music and also coaches the school’s brass quintet and trombone quartet. He is also Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Montclair State University where he teaches applied lessons in Music Education and Music Performance. Derek has taught masterclasses at numerous universities, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Miami.

In 2008 Derek won the Leonard Falcone Artist Solo Tuba Competition, one of the premier tuba solo competitions in the world. That same year he won three competitions and was a finalist in a fourth at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Derek has won and placed in concerto competitions in Georgia, Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. He has been a featured artist at the 2013, 2015, and 2017 Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, and the 2014 and 2016 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference.

An avid chamber musician, Derek co-founded the Boreas Quartet, an exciting new ensemble featuring some of the brightest up and coming musicians. Their first CD, The Serpent’s Kiss, is available through Potenza Music, and additional recording projects are expected in the near future. Derek is also a member of the New York Tuba Quartet, which unites some of the finest brass musicians that New York City has to offer.

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Principal Tuba
Oct 2015 - Present
Albany Symphony Orchestra

Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
Aug 2015 - Present
Montclair State University

Artist Faculty
Sep 2012 - Present
Bard College Conservatory of Music

Principal Tuba
Sep 2011 - Present
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Adjunct Professor of Low Brass
Sep 2014 - Aug 2016
Kean University

Principal Tuba
Sep 2006 - Apr 2014
Chatttanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra


Master of Music Performance, M.M.
Sep 2008 - May 2010
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music Performance, B.M.
Aug 2004 - May 2008
University of Alabama


Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2011

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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International Tuba and Euphonium Association
May 2003

Officially founded in 1973 as the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association, the International Tuba Euphonium Association is dedicated to promoting and advancing the tuba and euphonium instruments. The organization comprises performers, educators, students, and amateurs of all backgrounds. As a non-profit organization, it is supported by membership dues and donations.

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