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Derrick Spiva Jr.

Instrumental Ensembles Director, Music

MFA, Cal Arts


A rising star in the art music world, Derrick Spiva Jr. is a composer, conductor, and educator who challenges the norms and conventions of classical music by fostering common ground between diverse musical traditions. In addition to his work at MSMU, Derrick is Co-Founder of the Code Switch Composers Collective, Artistic Director of the Bridge to Everywhere ensemble, Artist Educator for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Music Director/Conductor for Novae Sinfonia. His critically-acclaimed compositions have been premiered and performed by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Lyris Quartet, Los Angeles Electric 8, Albany Symphony, Salastina Music Society and others.