LA Chamber Orchestra Names Rising African-American Composer Derrick Spiva Jr First Artist Educator

Derrick Spiva Jr, an esteemed music educator and composer noted for his music influences that reflect Southern California’s multicultural fabric, has been named Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) first Artist Educator, it was announced by LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. Spiva, previously associated with the Orchestra as 2015-16 Composer In Residence, brings enhanced creative vigor to LACO’s educational and music programs. The three-year appointment, beginning in this season, runs through the 2020-21 season.

Spiva will have a major artistic role during each year of his residency. Equally as important, he will enhance the impact of LACO’s education and community outreach programs, which reach thousands of young people annually. Among his responsibilities will be to re-shape and…

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