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 a PhD student in Music Theory and a DMA student in Organ Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music, studying repertoire with David Higgs and improvisation with Edoardo Bellotti. I completed the MM degree in organ at Eastman in 2014, and received the Performer’s Certificate in 2015. I also hold BM degrees in Classical Composition and Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston (2010, summa cum laude). My primary teachers there were Dennis Leclaire, Greg Fritze, and Alla Cohen.


My research interests include figured bass theory, historical keyboard improvisation, the academic fugue and pedagogy at the Paris Conservatoire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and musical-rhetorical practices in the Renaissance and Baroque. I am currently collaborating with Dr. Robin A. Leaver to prepare a modern edition of a manuscript of figured bass chorales which originated from J.S. Bach’s students in Dresden. I have presented his research at MTSNYS (2016) and the Eastman Organ Rochester Initiative (2016).

I am Choir Director and Organist at St. Thomas More Parish in Brighton, NY.

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