Derek received degrees (MM, BM) from the University of Michigan. He is on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Eastern Michigan University and is also Principal Double Bass with the Michigan Opera Theater, a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and a freelance player with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He performs chamber music frequently, including a recent performance with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. He is also a member of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, which performs in Carmel, CA during the months of July and August. Derek was a member of a select international committee organized to rewrite the Suzuki Bass Method. He owns 5 basses, a 300-year-old Italian bass, a 200-year-old French bass, a Kay bass, and two modern instruments made by Aaron Reiley of Grand Rapids, MI.