Alex Dergal, Clarinet
|Clarinetist Alex Dergal is in his second year at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio where he studies with Richard Hawkins and performs with the Oberlin Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble. He’s a graduate of Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ.
During the Oberlin Conservatory tour visit to Chicago last winter, Alex was recognized in the Cleveland Classical Review twice, first in the Contemporary Music Ensemble’s performance of Stephen Hartke’s Meanwhile for “playing with melodic flair, incisive rhythm, and precise intonation,” and again with the Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring where he “deserves a special not for excellent work” on bass clarinet.
Alex has played in several Oberlin Music CD projects, including the Orchestra’s recording of Richard Wernick’s Concerto for Cello and Ten Players with soloist Darrett Adkins, and the Contemporary Music Ensemble’s recording of Jesse Jones’ One Bright Morning.
In the summer of 2016 Alex attended the Round Top (Texas) Festival Institute where he performed in their summer orchestra and studied with Pavel Vinnitsky and Jun Qian. In prior summers was at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro NC (2015) and toured with the National Youth Orchestra (2014).
While still in the Valley of the Sun, Alex was named grand prize winner in the Symphony of the Southwest’s youth concerto competition and performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with them.
Read more about Alex in this Meet the Artist profile.
|Collaborative pianist Dr. Jeremy Peterman, is active in the Valley as both performer and vocal coach. He earned undergraduate degrees in French and Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University.
He has coached and played in numerous productions by Arizona Opera, the Phoenix Symphony, and Phoenix Opera. His extensive repertoire includes both classic and contemporary grand opera, operetta, ballet, oratorio, and symphonic music.
Jeremy has been a staff pianist at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria every summer since 2005 and is now co-coordinator of the AIMS staff pianists. He is the pianist for Chandler Children’s Choir, Phoenix Women’s Chorus, organist/assistant director of music and worship at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe, and the director of choral activities at Arizona Christian University.