Derek Weller

Instructor of Double Bass, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Double Bass Institute

Instructor of Double Bass, Eastern Michigan University and Principal Double Bass, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra


M.M., B.M., Performance, University of Michigan; Interlochen Arts Academy graduate

Derek Weller is Instructor of String Bass at Interochen Arts Academy.

In addition to his role at Interlochen, Weller is on faculty at Eastern Michigan University, is Principal Double Bass with the Michigan Opera Theater, performs with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and freelances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, which performs in Carmel, California during the months of July and August

Weller performs chamber music frequently, with recent appearances including the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. He was a member of a select international committee organized to rewrite the Suzuki Bass Method.

Weller is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, and received his Masters and Bachelors of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. He owns five basses: a 300-year-old Italian bass; a 200-year-old French bass; a Kay bass; and two modern instruments made by Aaron Reiley of Grand Rapids, Michigan.