Derek M. Jenkins (b. 1986, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) is an American composer and musicologist. He is currently a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA Composition, MM Musicology), and he holds degrees from Rice University (MM Composition, 2013) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (BM Composition, BM Theory, 2010). Additionally, he has received further instruction at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium and the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt. Previously, Jenkins held positions with Polyphonic.org’s OnCampus Vlog through the Eastman School of Music, the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University, and the College Music Society.
Jenkins’s music has been performed throughout the U.S, Europe, and Canada by ensembles and performers including the Fountain City Brass Band; the Seattle Wind Symphony; the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band; university bands and wind ensembles in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Texas; the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Symphony Orchestra; Mid America Freedom Band; Tri-State Wind Symphony; the Carinthia, Joseph Wytko, and Saxophilia Saxophone Quartets; Washington Square Winds; Musica Nova; and saxophonists Randall Hall, Gilbert Sabitzer, Michael Shults, and Joseph Wytko.
Jenkins was awarded the 2016 American Prize in Composition for his We Seven for wind ensemble. In 2012, Jenkins’s wind ensemble piece, Eosphorus: The Morning Star, was selected as a winner of the National Band Association’s Young Composer Mentor Project. Jenkins has received recognition from MMTA/MNTA, MACRO, ASCAP, UMKC, the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation, and at conferences and festivals across the U.S. and abroad. Recent commissions have come from the Mid America Freedom Band, the University of Tennessee at Martin Wind Ensemble, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Wind Ensemble, the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir, the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Saxophone Ensemble, and various individuals throughout the country.
Beyond music, he briefly studied mathematics at Loras College, holds a German language minor from UMKC, and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Career Preparation through UMKC’s School of Graduate Studies. His primary composition teachers have included Karim Al-Zand, Chen Yi, Pierre Jalbert, Richard Lavenda, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, and Zhou Long. He has also had lessons with Kathryn Alexander, Mark Camphouse, Amy Dunker, Peter Graham, Carter Pann, David Rakowski, and Alfred Stingl. His music is available through Veritas Musica Publishing and under his own imprint, Mühltal Musikpresse.
In his spare time, Jenkins is an amateur scuba diver and daydreams of becoming an astronaut.