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Acadia University School of Music
Acadia University School of Music
Derek Charke is a composer, a flutist, and an associate professor of music at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
music is recognized as an important and original contribution to the Canadian music scene.
won the 2012 JUNO award for 'classical composition of the year' for his
work Sepia Fragments.
Derek Charke is Co-Director of the Annual Acadia New Music Festival Shattering the Silence, an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and a member of the Canadian League of Composers.
In 2010 Derek was a Distinguished Guest Composer at the Winnipeg New Music Festival, and a Guest Composer for the 2010 Newfound Music Festival.
has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts
, Nova Scotia (Communities, Culture and Heritage), SOCAN Foundation, CBC Radio, Radio Canada, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
(Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director), the National Flute Association, the Canadian Music Centre
, the Radio Starmaker Fund, and the British Columbia Arts Council
, among others.
As well, What do the Birds Think? garnered a special mention from the Kubik Prize, and his
work Xynith won him a BMI student composer award in New York City.
is also a professional flutist.
He earned his Masters degree in flute performance from SUNY Buffalo where he studied with the late Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman.
Recent performances have included improvisatory work with ensembles like subText in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
continues to freelance where and when time permits.
Canadian Music Centre
Canadian Music Centre
Derek Charke (b. 1974, Fredericton, N.B.) is a Composer, a Flutist and an Associate Professor of music at Acadia University.
Derek completed a Ph.D. in composition and a Master's degree in flute at SUNY Buffalo, a Master's degree in composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and a Bachelor's degree in composition at the University of North Texas.
also attended the Royal Conservatory
in The Hague, Netherlands.
A recipient of the NUFFIC grant by the Dutch government, Derek
also received a BMI student composer award in New York City, a special mention from the Kubik Prize, and for four years was the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship, the largest awarded at SUNY Buffalo.
has been the recipient of multiple commissions and grants from various sources including: British Columbia Arts Council
, Canada Council for the Arts
, Huckabone Family
, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
, Esa-Pekka Salonen
, Music Director, Nova Scotia Tourism
, Culture and Heritage
, National Flute Association
, Canadian Music Centre
, CBC Radio Two
and Radio Canada.
has written extensively for the flute.
As a flutist himself Derek
specializes in contemporary music.
continues to freelance as an improvisor and performer, both on his
own music and others.
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Faculty : Summer Wind Conducting Symposium : DCDE : Acadia University
Glenn Price | Mark Hopkins | Derek Charke | Ardith Haley
...Derek CharkeDerek Charke (Born October 02, 1974, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada) studied composition and flute at the State University of New York ( Buffalo, NY), the Royal Conservatory of Music ( Netherlands), the Royal Academy of Music (England), and the University of North Texas.
Recipient of the NUFFIC grant by the Dutch government, Derek
also received a BMI student composer award in New York City and the Outstanding Undergraduate Award in Composition from the University of North Texas
.Between 2001 and 2005 Derek
was the recipient of a four year Presidential Fellowship (the largest fellowship awarded) at the State University of New York
at Buffalo.Derek is currently lecturer of music theory and composition at Acadia University School of Music in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Derek Charke - Canadian Composer and Flutist
DEREK CHARKE ::: COMPOSER | FLUTIST
...Derek is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.
Derek's work for the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet
has been played more than 35 times throughout Europe and North America, including Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Vienna Concert House
work "Time's Passing Breath" for the Katona Twins guitar duo has been performed in venues across Europe and South America.
has written extensively for the flute."WARNING!Gustnadoes Ahead" for solo flute and CD was commissioned for the 2008 National Flute Association
work "Raga Cha" was premiered by the London Flutes
in England and has since been performed numerous times throughout Europe and North America.Other works include "Lumière Immobile" for flute and computer (Max/MSP); "Rain", "Straight Ahead", both for solo flute; "Three Duets" for flute and marimba; "Distant Voices I and II" for flute and piano; "Cross-Talk" for flute ensemble; and "Lachrymose" for solo piccolo.For his
wrote "The Winds of Winter" for solo flute and chamber orchestra.Currently Dr. Charke is an assistant professor of music at Acadia University.In addition he is the Co-Director and Co-Creator of the Annual Acadia New Music Festival, Shattering the Silence.
More background informationDerek Charke was born in 1974 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.He
spent most of his
childhood in Surrey, British Columbia, except for a two year period between 1984 and 1986 when his
family lived in Vietnam.He
first started composing in Grade 8 at the age of thirteen.His
first compositions were written for the Semiahmoo Secondary School Jazz Band.At the time he
was a trumpet player but was experimenting with many different instruments, even going so far as playing bassoon in the Surrey Youth Orchestra.During his
high school years he
became interested in more unusual sounds.Although his
Jazz band pieces were fairly standard he
wrote many 'classical' pieces, and other experimental works such as a tape piece for manipulated sounds of clarinets, various symphonic sketches and many small studies.
undergraduate degree (1992- 1996) he
studied composition, trumpet and flute.During this time he
performed in the UNT symphony and in his
last year became principle trumpet of the UNT chamber symphony.Concurrently he
performed on the baroque trumpet and in his
last year toured Germany with the UNT Baroque Trumpet Ensemble under the direction of Leonard Candelaria.He
moved to London, England in 1996 and 1997 for his
Masters degree in composition.
was the recipient of the NUFFIC grant by the Dutch government for his
studies in Holland (1998 - 1999).He also received a BMI student composer award in New York City (1993) for his work Xynith, the Outstanding Undergraduate Award in Composition from the University of North Texas (1996) and an Honourable Mention from the Kubik Prize for What do the Birds Think? (2002).
Between 2001 and 2005 Derek
was the recipient of a four year Presidential Fellowship (the largest fellowship awarded) at the State University of New York at Buffalo
.Derek was hired in 2005 at Acadia University School of Music where he currently is an assistant professor of music theory and composition.Dr. Charke
teaches courses in Music Theory, Analysis, Composition and may take on a select number of flute students in the future.He
wife currently live in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia where he
continues to pursue composition and flute performance along side his
teaching duties.Derek Charke is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.
Performances and Ensembles Derek
has written compositions for various genres from solo instrument to full orchestra.He
has had performances in the USA, Canada, Europe and South America.
Performers of his
music have included: