Derek Weagle

Derek W.

Brooklyn, NY
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Derek delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:

I'm a Brooklyn-based composer, conductor, arts administrator and general wearer of many hats, but I will always consider myself a teacher first! My approach to education is student-centric, goal-oriented, and practical. Every student regardless of their background or identity deserves equitable access to a quality music education that reflects their interests and aspirations.

I provide lessons and tutoring in a wide variety of music including piano, ear training, music theory, sight singing, composition/songwriting, arranging and orchestrating, diction, foundations of conducting, and love to mix and match these with each student, providing a practical working knowledge of these skills across any desired genre.

My current engagements include active work as a composer, conductor, and clinician with both professional musicians and in schools, as well as singing in multiple choral groups throughout New York City. I also am a staff member at the League of American Orchestras, supporting our work in the areas of knowledge resources, learning, and leadership. Outside of my regular schedule, I work as a consultant to several socially-oriented music groups including the Refugee Orchestra Project and Voices 21c, both located in Boston, MA.

I hold a Master of Music degree in Music Composition with a minor in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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Manager, Learning and Leadership Programs
Jul 2019 - Present
League of American Orchestras

Development Associate
Jun 2019 - Present
Refugee Orchestra Project

Artistic & Operations Consultant
Aug 2018 - Present
Voices 21c

Manager, Learning and Leadership Production
Jan 2018 - Jul 2019
League of American Orchestras

Administrative & Communications Associate
May 2017 - Jun 2019
Refugee Orchestra Project

Marble Collegiate Church
Aug 2017 - Jan 2018
Music Administrative Assistant

Admissions Audition Assistant
Jan 2017 - Apr 2017
Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Coordinator of Orientation
Mar 2013 - Aug 2015
UMass Lowell, Office of Enrollment and Student Success

Program Manager, Composer-in-Residence & Conductor
Sep 2012 - Aug 2015
UMass Lowell String Project & Lowell Youth Orchestra


M.M. Music Composition & Choral Conducting
Aug 2015 - May 2017
New England Conservatory
B.M. Music Education
Aug 2011 - May 2015
University of Massachusetts Lowell


Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Composers Forum
Feb 2018

The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.

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Pi Kappa Lambda
Aug 2017

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

American Choral Directors Association
Apr 2016

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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Aug 2015

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

American String Teachers Association
Mar 2015

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Photos & Videos

Conducting the premiere of my English Horn Sonata, "Resplendent Sorrow."
Conducting the workshop premiere of "Serenade."

Conducting in NEC's Jordan Hall
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Stephanie Jun 30, 2019
Music Theory · In studio

I've had Derek as a conductor for a small string ensemble for about 5 years and he's truly the best anyone can ask for! He's great with young students and is amazing at motivating and explaining exactly what he wants out of musicians. His love and knowledge for music is extremely evident and that in turn encourages his students to strive to greater heights in musicianship.

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