My name is Derek Remeš (pronounced Remish) and I am a music theorist, teacher, 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 is my advisor. I am also a Lehrbeauftragter at the Freiburg Hochschule in the subjects of Partimento, Harmonielehre, and Gehörbildung (ear training).

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, received the MA in Music Theory Pedagogy (2017), the MM in Organ (2014), and the Performer’s Certificate (2015). 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 Germany with an emphasis on J. S. Bach. 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, Paris Conservatoire traditions, and early music analysis.

You can read my full CV here.

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