New role for Derrick Spiva Jr. at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Posted on: September 21, 2020

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has promoted DERRICK SPIVA JR., its current artist-educator/composer, to the position of artistic advisor. Spiva will work with Music Director Jaime Martín and Creative Advisor & Composer-In-Residence Ellen Reid to program concerts, guest artists, and new projects, while continuing to work on LACO’s education and community engagement programs. Spiva joined LACO as its first-ever artist-educator in August 2018. He had previously worked with LACO during the 2015-16 season, when was awarded a composer residency through the “Music Alive” program. His most recent work performed by LACO was a livestreamed excerpt in May 2020 from a LACO-commissioned world premiere. Based in the Los Angeles area, Spiva often integrates music practices from different cultural traditions into his work with classical music communities. Spiva studied at the University of California, Los Angeles and the California Institute of the Arts. His works have been performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Sphinx Virtuosi, Dayton Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Los Angeles Electric 8, Salastina Music Society, Lyris Quartet, Super Devoiche (Bulgarian women’s choir), and Lian Ensemble (Persian ensemble). He was a panelist at the League of American Orchestra’s 2018 and 2019 National Conferences.