Musicians of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Derek Fenstermacher

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Derek Fenstermacher became Principal Tubist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 2011. In addition to his work with the NJSO, he has been Principal Tubist with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra since 2006. Fenstermacher has also performed and recorded with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony and Meridian Symphony Orchestra; he was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2008–09.

As a soloist, Fenstermacher is leading a new era of tuba soloists into the 21st century with his dynamic musicianship and keen eye for detail. Among other honors, Fenstermacher won the prestigious 2008 Leonard Falcone Artist Solo Tuba Competition, one of the premier tuba solo competitions in the world. That same year, he competed in a record-breaking four competitions while at the 2008 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Cincinnati; he won three of the competitions and was a finalist in the fourth. He has won and placed in concerto competitions in Georgia, Colorado, Michigan and Texas, and he was a featured soloist at the 2007 U.S. Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Conference.

Fenstermacher began playing the tuba at age of 14, and by age 19 was a featured soloist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama, where he studied with Demondrae Thurman and James Michael Dunn. He received a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Timothy Northcut; he is currently pursuing a Performer’s Certificate from the University of Houston with Mark Barton.

Fenstermacher lives with his wife, flutist Allison Kelsey, and their two cats. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and talking about southern BBQ.



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