March 15, 2016 Guest Clinician – Dr. Derrick Fox
Dr. Derrick Fox is assistant professor of choral music education and choral conducting in the Ithaca College School of Music. He conducts the Ithaca College Chorus, the Ithaca College Madrigal ensemble, and teaches choral conducting and choral rehearsal techniques. He is an active adjudicator and clinician for regional, state, national, and international organizations from the middle/junior high school to the collegiate level. He has worked with ensembles and presented at state conventions in Arkansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Texas, New York, Florida, Utah, and Michigan.
As a soloist, Dr. Fox has collaborated with various organizations including the Arkansas Symphony, Lansing Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Columbia Chorale, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Missouri, Michigan State University, and the Espaço Cultural (Brasilia, Brazil). He can be heard singing selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on the CD In This Hid Clearing, available on the Naxos Classical Music label. He made his debut with the St. Louis Symphony in their performance of Meredith Monk’s Night, for eight solo voices and orchestra.
A native Arkansan, Dr. Fox taught choral music at MacArthur Junior High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and at Parkway North High School and Maryville University, in Saint Louis, Missouri. He holds degrees from Arkansas State University (B.M.E.), the University of Missouri – Columbia (M.M.) and Michigan State University (D.M.A.), where he was awarded the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship Award.
A Magical visit!
Dr. Fox and director Marty Banghart
Dr. Fox amidst the DCC
Dr. Fox’s visit to our March 15th rehearsal was magical! His energy and vocal acumen brought the choristers to a new level. His rehearsal technique was something to behold. The many guests who attended the rehearsal appreciated his expertise, and also saw our organization in action and experienced the warmth, spirit, and hospitality of our singers. A lovely reception was organized by Mary Sue Shaw afterwards so people could meet Dr. Fox and thank him for sharing his expertise and passion for teaching.
“Thank you so much for having me. I had a wonderful time getting to know you and the singers of the Deer Creek Chorale. The hospitality and positivity exuded by your singers just warmed my heart. Glad to have been a small part of your journey. Thanks for sharing the clips. The choir did a super job. The dynamic contrast and choral tone in the “The Word Was God” just took that piece to a new and exciting level for the group. Please pass along my congrats and I hope I do have the opportunity to return.” – Derrick Fox