Derek J. Myler
Derek Myler (b. 1990), a native of Utah, is a music theorist and composer currently based in Salt Lake City. In 2009 he was named winner of the ACDA’s Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition. He has premiered music with the BYU Men’s Chorus and the University of Utah Singers, as well as many other ensembles in and around the American West. He works in many mediums, and in addition to his frequent writing for choral forces he has provided music for the theatre, for wind ensemble and symphonic groups, and for experimental chamber instrumentations.
From 2011-2012 Derek lived in Poland as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; as a result, his life was deeply impacted by the folk music of the Polish tradition and he has since drawn deeply upon this rich heritage in his compositions. Among a body of several works, his Ojcze Nasz, a setting of the Lord’s Prayer in Polish, represents the results of this commitment to aid in the preservation of Polish folk-musical culture. The piece was premiered in Poland on a tour by the Sanctuary Choir of the Camelback Bible Church, who reported that “the audiences were deeply moved by this composition in their language.”
Derek identifies mainly as a theorist and is currently a graduate student at the University of Utah, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in music theory. His research interests are wide-ranging and include such diverse topics as cognitive processes in melodic invention, the aesthetics of silence in music, chromatic reharmonization in contemporary jazz contexts, J.S. Bach’s procedural innovations in contrapuntal composition, historical trends in fugal construction, and the intricate simultaneity structures unique to the music of Charles Ives.