Derek Tam, Music Director of the Berkeley Community Chamber Singers


Derek Tam, assistant conductor

In demand as a conductor and historical keyboardist, Derek Tam performs regularly in the Bay Area and elsewhere.

As a conductor, Derek appears frequently with choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to serving as artistic director of the Star Valley Children's Choir (SVCC), he is director of music at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, one of the major performance venues for classical music in the East Bay. He served as BCCO’s first assistant conductor, from 2011–14, and he continues to lead the Berkeley Community Chamber Singers, BCCO’s outreach group, which performs at community and private events, hospitals, and retirement homes.

Derek is a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist on various historical keyboards, from the harpsichord and fortepiano to the modern concert grand. As a historical keyboardist, he presents solo recitals throughout the Bay Area and is a founding member of MUSA, a San Francisco–based baroque ensemble. He also performs regularly with the Alchemy Trio and Ars Minerva. He has served as a continuo harpsichordist for the symphonies of Merced, Modesto, Napa Valley, and Santa Cruz, as well as at Festival del Sole. He is an advocate for new music for harpsichord, and his ensembles have premiered works by Danny Clay and Sean Harold.

Derek is a faculty member at the NAPA Music Festival and has been on the staff of the American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy. Derek is also education coordinator for American Bach Soloists, one of the nation’s premier early music ensembles. He also played a major role in resurrecting the choral program at Berkeley High School. He currently serves on the Youth Advisory Board of Early Music America.

Derek is a registered tax professional with the State of California. He is a graduate of Yale University.

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