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, state and national 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, Maryland, Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Texas, New York, Florida and Michigan.
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.
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.
Recently, Dr. Fox has present Utah Music Educators Association Convention, the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, the NAfME National In-Service Conference in Nashville, Tennessee and the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Fox’s upcoming conducting engagements include regional honor choirs in New York, Arkansas and Pennsylvania and all state honor choirs in Arkansas, Connecticut, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kansas as well as collaborations at the Siauliai University in Lithuania and the Latvian Academy of Music in Latvia. He is a contributing author in the Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill choral textbook Voices in Concert and his arrangement Lord, Give Me Just a Little More Time is available in the Hal Leonard Sacred Music Series and his arrangement of My Spirit looks to God Alone will be published next year. This summer Dr. Fox will be teaching a week long choral conducting seminar at the University of Central Arkansas.