Derrick Montgomery joined the administrative staff of the Emory University Department of Music in 2015 where he serves as Academic Services Coordinator. After receiving a BA in Music with Highest Honors from Emory, he matriculated to Florida State University where he earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance. While there, he participated in the University Symphony Orchestra, Band, and Opera Orchestra. He also taught undergraduate music majors in a private lesson setting and coached undergraduate chamber ensembles.
While at Emory, he participated in the Emory Wind Ensemble, Emory University Symphony Orchestra, and Brass Quintet. He also participated in Theater Emory's Production of Oklahoma! as a member of the Pit Orchestra. He took theory classes with Dr. Cox and Dr. Wendland as well as specialty courses such as Music Since 1945, Wagner and Wagnerisms, and Jewish Modernities.
Emory deepened his scope and understanding of the music he studied by providing a detailed knowledge of the history, philosophy, and sociological influences that drove its conception. His participation in Emory's ensembles exposed him to many types of music of multiple genres. He even had the opportunity to play for the World Premieres of several pieces including works by celebrated composers such as Dr. Richard Prior, Bruce Broughton, and Jennifer Higdon. The faculty and Artist Affiliates offered a world-class insight which allows him to continue pursuing music at a professional level.