Based in the Los Angeles area, Derrick Spiva’s conducting, composing, and teaching style reflects the multicultural atmosphere in which he lives and works. While earning his B.A. and M.F.A at UCLA and California Institute of the Arts, world music across many cultures became an integral part of his musical vocabulary. He is a teaching artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, instructor for the Community Arts Partnership program at CalArts, and conductor for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra. As a conductor, teacher, and composer, Derrick is devoted to promoting creative and effective collaboration between musicians. His compositions aim to break down the boundaries between musical genres, using integrative composition techniques that seek common ground between musical traditions. Derrick studied classical music as a student of Ian Krouse, Paul Chihara, David Rosenboom and Alex Shapiro, while also studying West African music and dance with Kobla Ladzepko; Persian music theory with Pirayeh Pourafar and Houman Pourmehdi; Balkan music theory with Tzvetanka Varimezova; and tala in Hindustani classical music with Swapan Chaudhuri and Aashish Khan. He is deeply invested in continuing to develop a pan-cultural compositional style in this unique global community of the 21st century. Derrick has received the New Music USA award in 2010 and 2011.