Celebrate 50 Years
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Associate Faculty

Violin / Viola

  • Phone: 260-481-0138
  • Office: Rhinehart Music Center, Room 212
  • E-mail: reevesd@ipfw.edu

Derek Reeves, the Principal Violist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 2003,  has played with or performed as soloist with symphony orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.  Born in Okinawa, Japan, Reeves began his musical studies at age 2½ and made his Carnegie Hall debut while still in high school. At Indiana University, he earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance and served as Concertmaster for four of the school’s five orchestras. He also served as Concertmaster of the Columbus (Indiana) Philharmonic and as Associate Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic. Reeves won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra fellowship in 1997 and performed with that orchestra for two years. He has been Associate Concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. Reeves is director of Club O, The Phil’s educational outreach at the Fort Wayne Boys and Girls Club, and also serves as adjunct faculty at IPFW.  He enjoys running, yoga and biking, and resides in Fort Wayne with his wife Patricia, and son Preston.

Derek Reeves