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Carl Derfler

Carl Derfler, composer, clarinetist and pianist, received his doctorate in Music Composition and Theory from the University of Oregon under Harold Owen and Robert Kyr in December, 1999. His dissertation, Borderlands: From War to Wilderness, for wind ensemble has received a number of performances in the United States and Canada by university bands, community bands and U.S. Military Wind Ensembles and Bands including the U.S. Navy Band in Washington D.C.

Carl began his studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and Washington State University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Education. After a period of private composition study in Berlin, Germany he began a Master's degree in composition at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he received a Masters of Music in Composition in 1982. His master's thesis, Symphony #1, has been performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under Uri Meyer, the Willamette Falls Symphony and the Mittleman Jewish Community Orchestra under Anthony Armoré. His compositions include choral works, vocal and piano works, chamber music, piano solos, liturgical songs and works for large ensembles. As an educator, Dr. Derfler has taught music classes at literally all levels from kindergarten through high school (general music, band, guitar and theory) to university (music theory, composition, aural skills and music rudiments). He has also maintained a private studio in which he has taught piano, guitar, clarinet, music history, music theory and composition.

He is married to theorist and pianist Barbara Mackin. They have an infant son, Carl Anthony.


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