Derek Goad acquired his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Master of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His principal teachers include Stanley Konopka, assistant principal violist of The Cleveland Orchestra, and Stephen Wyrczynski, a former violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Derek is a substitute teacher with the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program where he coaches string sectionals and works with students in their El Sistema-inspired Children’s Orchestra program. He has also taught elementary school strings classes with Washington Performing Arts. Each summer in college, Derek traveled to his hometown in Arizona to instruct new and advancing music students at a month-long performing arts program. Derek is an avid chamber musician and studied chamber music with the Cavani Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and with Peter Salaff, former violinist of the Cleveland Quartet. He performs frequently with chamber groups in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Derek also occasionally performs with the Go-Go Symphony, a D.C.-based ensemble that pays homage to the District’s go-go music scene. In addition to performing and teaching, Derek works for Potter Violins in Takoma Park, MD and enjoys studying fine musical instruments.