Derek Healey

Derek Healey

Title: Composer and Former Professor of Music
Company: Freelance
Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Dr. Derek Healey, Composer and Former Professor of Music, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

With nearly 40 years of professional experience, Dr. Healey was the Academic Professor of Music for the Royal Air Force from 1988 to 1996. Prior to obtaining this position, he was a composition professor with the University of Oregon from 1979 to 1987 and an associate professor of composition and ethno music with the University of Guelph from 1972 to 1978. Earlier in his career, he was a lecturer with the University of Victoria from 1969 to 1971 and a director of music with various public and private schools in the United Kingdom from 1957 to 1969.

Dr. Healey first pursued an education with the Royal College of Music, studying composition with Herbert Howells, where he obtained an Associate of the Royal College of Music diploma in 1957, and receiving a fellowship with the Royal College of Organists the same year. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Durham in 1961. He subsequently studied composition under Boris Porena in Rome, Italy from 1962 to 1963, and completed postgraduate studies at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena from 1961 to 1963 and again in 1966. He later relocated to Canada, earning a Doctor of Music from the University of Toronto in 1974. With more than 50 works published in four countries, Dr. Healey is best known as a composer of music for choir, for orchestra, and for various wind ensembles.

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