Derek Hawkes is in his first season with the Jacksonville Symphony.
What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I am extremely excited to be joining the Jacksonville Symphony and moving to the city at the commencement of the rebranding of our organization. I am very much looking forward to playing with the orchestra, and exploring Jacksonville with my bearded dragon, Drake!
What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
If I weren’t a professional musician, I would probably be a freelance arts consultant, or would be involved in the administration of a symphony orchestra.
What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
I love to play hockey, as well as explore different types of cuisine, craft coffee, and craft beer.
What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
This early in my career, I can only feel fortunate and appreciative to be extended the opportunity to make a living by practicing and performing my art. I am still soaking that in for now.
What sport(s) do you participate in?
I play hockey, table tennis, and pool.
Do you have a favorite team?
I am a diehard fan of the Dallas Stars, though I am learning to love the Tampa Bay Lightning. But I was born in Philadelphia, so I’m also an avid Eagles fan.
What is your favorite food?
It’s a close call between Texas BBQ, true Louisiana Cajun, and Japanese ramen. Those close to me tell me I’m in denial about my love for dessert, however.
Who is your favorite composer?
As a red-blooded brass player, I am of course inclined to note Mahler or Bruckner, but I can say definitively that my favorite piece of orchestral repertoire is Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.
What’s currently on your Ipod?
I listen to plenty of classical and jazz, with a healthy dose of classic rock.
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts (2015)-pursued Graduate Diploma in Trombone Performance. Studied with Toby Oft, Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas (2014)-Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts (Orchestral Management), magna cum laude. Studied with John Kitzman, former Principal Trombone of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The B.A. is the first degree of its kind in the United States.
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