Musical Firsts

Oak Ridge Symphony
The Grove Theater, Oak Ridge TN

Special guest artist Derek Reeves helps us all pay tribute to musical firsts in this concert featuring trailblazing African American composers.

Georg Friedrich Telemann         Concerto for Viola in G
Daniel Bernard Roumain           Tuscaloosa Meditations
William Grant Still                      Suite for Violin
Jessie Montgomery                    Records from a Vanishing City

Additional Related Community Activities
• Monday, February 3
4:00-5:10 PM ORICL Class presented by ORCMA Music Director Dan Allcott on the music to be performed at the concert.
Roane State Community College,  701 Briarcliff Avenue, Room F-110

• Saturday, February 8, Black History Month Program in conjunction with Oak Valley Baptist Church Men's Group
1:00-2:00 PM Education Discussion & Recognition of Oak Ridge Desegregation Class of 1955
2:15-3:30 PM Musical Firsts -- An Interactive Musical Program & Roundtable Discussion with ORCMA special guest artist Derek Reeves
148 Carver Avenue

• Sunday, February 9, Viola Masterclass led by special guest artist Derek Reeves
Immediately following the concert at the Historic Grove Theater
123 Randolph Road 


Derek Reeves, Violist

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Principal Violist Derek Reeves began his musical studies at the age of 2 1/2.  A graduate of Indiana University, he was the recipient of the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, as well as having earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Prior to coming to Fort Wayne, he held the positions of Associate Concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Associate Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist, Mr. Reeves has appeared with The Bryan Symphony Orchestra, The Erie Chamber Orchestra, The Niagara Symphony Orchestra, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, The Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, The Carmel Symphony Orchestra and The Gateways Festival Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Reeves has been the violist of the Philharmonics own Freimann Quartet since 2003.  He has participated in the Spoleto, Aspen, Gateways, and Prizm International Music Festivals and is also in demand as a recitalist, guest artist, recording studio musician, and arranger.

Mr. Reeves also maintains a robust teaching schedule, teaching viola at The Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music, designing curriculum and teaching for the Phils Club O program, and also keeping a private studio of violin and viola students.  He performs on a viola made by Mark Womack in 2005 and lives in Fort Wayne with his wife Patricia and son, Preston.

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