Derek Granger is pursuing his DMA in Saxophone Performance at the Hartt School, where he studies with Carrie Koffman. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Granger earned his MM in Saxophone Performance from Indiana University in 2019, where he studied with Otis Murphy and served as an Associate Instructor of Saxophone. Granger earned his BM in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the University of Arizona in 2011, where he studied with Timothy McAllister and Kelland Thomas.
Granger is currently on the teaching faculty at Rocky Ridge Music Center and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. From 2011-2017, Granger served as Director of Choirs at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona. During his tenure at Flowing Wells, the four Caballero Choirs earned numerous superior ratings at local, state, and national festivals, collaborated with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and students won auditions into honor ensembles including Arizona All-State Choir, University of Arizona Honor Choir, and ACDA Honor Choir.
While teaching, Granger maintained an active performing schedule. He played alto saxophone with the Presidio Saxophone Quartet from 2011-2017, performing numerous concerts on chamber music series and residencies throughout the southwest area. In the Tucson area, Granger collaborated on multiple woodwinds with Artifact Dance Project, The Rogue Theatre, and Arizona Repertory Theatre, performing in over 30 pit orchestras and dance productions. Granger toured China twice as a member of Artifact Dance Company's "Great American Dance Project."
Since his solo debut with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2009, Granger has garnered awards at multiple MTNA Solo and Chamber Competitions, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Young Artist Competition, and has premiered new works for saxophone at Midwest Composers Symposium and Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference. Recent performances include recitals at the NASA 2020 Biennial Conference, 2019 NASA Region V conference, Arizona Academy Village, and International Navy Band Symposium.
Flowing Wells HS Choir
Tucson, AZ, 2015
I had the privilege of directing the four FWHS choirs from 2011-2017.
After performing Ibert's Concertino da Camera with Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Kei Harada, guest conductor, Celebrate the Future Concert 2011
Rehearsing the Rocky Ridge Music Center JAS Choir, Estes Park, CO, 2018
Door of my FWHS Choir classroom
Tucson, AZ 2017
With my professor Otis Murphy and pianist Haruko Murphy after my second master's recital, Indiana University, 2017