Derek Tam

Director of Music

In demand as a conductor and historical keyboardist, Derek Tam performs regularly in the Bay Area and elsewhere.

Praised for his "deft" conducting (San Francisco Chronicle​), Tam appears frequently with choral and orchestral ensembles. He has appeared recently with Ars Minerva, Bay Pointe Ballet, the First Church Festival Orchestra, Oakland Ballet, and the Oshman Family JCC.

A specialist on historical keyboards, Tam has been lauded as "a master of [the harpsichord]" (San Francisco Classical Voice). Recent concerto appearances include performances with Elevate Ensemble, Modesto Symphony, and Chamber Music Silicon Valley.

In addition to performing as a soloist, Tam is a founding member and harpsichordist (and occasional conductor) for MUSA, a San Francisco-based Baroque chamber ensemble. His fortepiano trio, the Costanoan Trio, was chosen to perform at the 2018 Early Music America Emerging Artists Showcase. He has also served as principal keyboardist for the symphonies of Berkeley, Merced, Modesto, Napa Valley, Santa Rosa, and Santa Cruz.

Tam currently serves as the Director of Music at First Church Berkeley (First Congregational), one of the major performances venues for classical music in the East Bay. In this role, he also produces Resonance, the church's critically-lauded performance series.

He also is the Artistic Director of the Star Valley Children's Choir (SVCC) and is the Music Director of the Berkeley Community Chorus Chamber Singers.

He has served on the faculty of the NAPA Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society Recorder Workshop, and has been on staff at the American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy.

He chairs the Emerging Professional Leadership Council of Early Music America.

Tam is a registered tax professional with the State of California. He is a graduate of Yale University.

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