Academy Faculty Alumn. news

Brandon Derfler, former Associate Provost and fabulous faculty member of Academy until 2013, has been appointed Chair of the Music Department at Westminster College (Salt Lake City). He recently accompanied Metropolitan Opera tenor Hugo Vera in a solo recital, conducted the Utah premiere of Philip Glass’s multimedia piece The Photographer, and concluded an experimental course called “The Music of Two Ring Cycles: Wagner and Tolkien.” He will be taking a group of Westminster students to Italy for two weeks in May 2016 with a professor from the Art Department.