Past Artist in Residence

Derek Bermel

Field of Study

Composer, clarinetist, conductor, and jazz and rock musician

Derek Bermel, who was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010, directs the Edward T. Cone Concert Series at the Institute. His orchestral piece A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace will be performed by multiple orchestras throughout the year, including in Richmond, Tacoma, and Kalamazoo. A recording of his larger ensemble music performed by the group Alarm Will Sound will be released in October by Cantaloupe Music. He will host a panel at the prestigious Output electric-guitar festival in Amsterdam in December, and he is writing a commission for the JACK Quartet to be performed at Wolf Trap in January. This year Bermel will also serve as Composer-in-Residence at Mannes College the New School for Music, and he is creating an intensive all-scholarship annual workshop and mentoring program for young composers, CULTIVATE, based at Copland House.

Dates at IAS

Artist in Residence


University of Michigan
Yale University


Rome Prize Fellowship (American Academy in Rome)
Academy Award (American Academy of Arts and Letters)
Alpert Award in the Arts
Guggenheim Fellowship
Trailblazer Award (American Music Center)


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
American Composers Orchestra
Music Alive Composer-in-Residence 2006–09; currently Creative Advisor
New York Youth Symphony
Founder, Making Score Program