Derek Cooper


Composition , Euphonium , Trombone , Trumpet

Area of Study

Compose Yourself! Project , Composition , Musicianship , Private Lessons

Career Highlights

B.M. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.M. Manhattan School of Music

Derek Cooper’s music has been performed worldwide by groups including Contemporaneous, Sonic Apricity, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania wind ensemble, Jenny Lin, Yarn/Wire, Ekmeles, the Iridium Saxophone Quartet, and Blueshift Ensemble.

Earning his Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition in 2009 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Derek studied with American Prix de Rome winner Daniel Perlongo while also taking lessons with Jack Stamp, Christopher Marshal, and Richard Danielpour. Derek continued to study with Richard Danielpour, earning his Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in composition in 2014. In the Fall of 2014, Derek returned to Manhattan School of Music to begin his doctoral studies under Dr. Reiko Fueting as a doctoral teaching fellow. In 2016, Derek joined the ICEBERG collective, a select group of emerging New York composers.

Derek currently teaches music theory at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s School of Contemporary Arts. He also teaches theory and ear training at Manhattan School of Music.