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Derek Remes_Headshot1My name is Derek Remeš (pronounced Remish) and I am a music theorist, organist, pianist, and composer. Welcome to my website! 

I am currently a PhD student in Music Theory at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. Prof. Dr. Felix Diergarten and Prof. Dr. Ludwig Holtmeier are my advisors. I am also a Lehrbeauftragter at the Freiburg Hochschule in the subjects of Partimento and Harmonielehre.

I have completed the recitals and coursework for the Organ DMA at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, studying repertoire with David Higgs and improvisation with Edoardo Bellotti. (I am currently on a leave of absence.) In my five years at Eastman I completed all coursework for the PhD in Music Theory and received the MA in Music Theory Pedagogy (2017) and the MM in Organ (2014). Before that I completed two BM degrees—in Classical Composition and Film Scoring—from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (2010, summa cum laude). My primary teachers there were Profs. Dennis Leclaire, Greg Fritze, and Alla Cohen.

My PhD dissertation attempts to reconstruct the role of the figured-bass chorale in eighteenth-century German, with J. S. Bach as the point of departure. The impetus for this work is Robin A. Leaver’s recent reassessment of a source in the Sibley Library (Rochester, NY) as likely stemming from J. S. Bach’s students (Bach Perspectives 10, 2016). I am also interested in the role of figured bass in the Italian, German, and French pedagogical traditions. Other interests include historical keyboard improvisation, the academic fugue and pedagogy at the Paris Conservatoire, and rhetoric in music.

You can read my full CV here.

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