Dr. Derrick Fox is an 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 and state choirs from the middle/junior high school to the collegiate level. He has worked with ensembles and presented sessions in Arkansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Texas, New York, Florida and Michigan. Dr. Fox is active presenter with engagements that include the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s Choral Adjudication Workshop, the Arkansas Choral Directors Association Convention, the Missouri Choral Directors Association Summer Convention, Florida Music Educators Association Convention, Iowa Choral Directors Association, the Texas Choral Director’s Association Convention, the Kansas Music Educators Association and the West Virginia Music Educators Association, New York Choral Directors Association, Iowa-Summer Choral Symposium and the NYACDA Summer Convention.
As a soloist, Dr. Fox has collaborated with various organizations; among them are the Arkansas Symphony, Lansing Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Columbia Chorale, the 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 compact disc In This Hid Clearing, available on the Naxos Classical Music label. His debut with the St. Louis Symphony in their performance of Meredith Monk’s Night, for eight solo voices and orchestra. His arrangements of of shaped notes tunes have been included on program at Ithaca College, Michigan State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State University; as well as regional choruses in Arkansas and Missouri and All-State choirs in Michigan, Louisiana, Virginia and Texas.
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. Dr. Fox’s research interests and professional session presentations focus on assessment in the choral classroom, building classroom community, rehearsal strategies, South African choral music and shape note singing in the African American community. He studied conducting Dr. Tom O’Neal, Dr. R Paul Crabb, Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Jonathan Reed and Dr. Sandra Snow. He currently serves as the Multicultural and Ethnic Perspectives Repertoire & Standards chair for the New York chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Fox’s upcoming conducting engagements include the Arkansas ACDA Treble honor choir, West Virginia All - State MS/JH Honor choir, St. Louis All Suburban 9-10 honor choir, NYSCAME/SCMEA All County Women's choir (NY), BCMEA All County High School Mixed honor choir (NY), DCMEA Jr. High All-County choir (NY), Blair County Junior High Choir (PA), 2016 Tennessee All-State Treble Honor choir and 2017 Kansas All State MS/JH Honor Choir, and the 2017 Arkansas All-State Mens Choir. Dr. Fox is ecstatic to be chosen as a presenter for the 2015 American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.