As a dedicated educator and mentor, Derek Bermel regularly teaches and leads educational programs for young and emerging artists. Bermel is Director of Copland House's emerging composers institute CULTIVATE and on the composition faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He was the Founding Director of the New York Youth Symphony’s Making Score program, and has held teaching positions at Mannes College of Music and Princeton University. Through Bermel’s work with the American Composers Orchestra, he also regularly mentors young composers in the ACO’s Underwood Readings, and the Playing it UNsafe and CoLABoratory programs. Additionally, he has led educational programs through residencies held with the Seattle Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Albany Symphony. He has led master classes and held residencies at Yale University, University of Michigan, Longy School of Music, Peabody Institute, Faculdade de Santa Marcelina, Beijing Central, Shanghai, and New England Conservatories, Columbia University, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Rhode Island School of Design, Rotterdam Conservatorium, University of Cardiff, USC, Curtis School of Music, University of Chicago, Universita Federal da Bahia, UCLA, Adolf Fredriks Musikklasse, Northwestern University, Aspen School of Music, Bowdoin Festival of Music, Cal Arts, Tanglewood Music Center, and many more.

See below for current teaching engagements

Workshop Director 2018-19, Seattle Symphony’s Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop

As part of his residency with the Seattle Symphony, Bermel will serve as the workshop director for the annual Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop, where he will guide 10 pre-college-age students through a 12-week workshop to create new chamber pieces that will be performed by Seattle Symphony musicians at a culminating performance. One of Bermel’s works will be introduced to 10,000 school children through the Seattle Symphony’s Link Up program which he will conduct in March.

"Each year I look forward to returning to Maine to work with devoted colleagues and young composers whose passion for music and commitment to excellence continues to propel the Festival to greater artistic heights."
–Derek Bermel

As Composer-in-Residence, Bermel works with composer participants in both group and individual settings. In addition to receiving mentorship, students attend lectures, workshops, and have time to compose. The program culminates in a performance of at least one work by each participant.

Program Director, CULTIVATE Composers Institute

CULTIVATE is an annual, intensive creative workshop and mentoring program for gifted American composers in the initial stages of their professional careers. Each year, six young composers will be awarded Fellowships to participate in this weeklong emerging composers institute, which takes place at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in Cortlandt Manor, one hour north of New York City, and at the historic Merestead estate in nearby Mount Kisco. Combining the most valuable elements of apprentice workshops and musical reading sessions, CULTIVATE nurtures young composers in realizing their creative ambitions as they begin their professional careers. The institute offers Fellows intensive compositional guidance in a rigorous, collegial, and nurturing environment before, during, and after the institute.