Derick Cordoba

Education

DMA in Jazz Performance

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, IL, 2017

Dissertation: Liturgical Jazz: The Lineage of the subgenre in the Music of Edgar E. Summerlin

Advisor and Principal Instructor: Lawrence Gray

Research Advisor: Gabriel Solis

Cognate Field: Ethnomusicology

MM in Jazz Studies Performance

Florida International University, Miami, FL, 2008.

BM in Jazz Studies Performance

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, 1998.

Private Guitar Studio: Jack Peterson

University Teaching Experience

Unit One Music Coordinator University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017- present

•    Provide guidance and support to staff, students, and student groups in developing and maintaining the music program in the Residential Life Living Learning Communities

•    Interview, hire, train, and supervise music instructors in collaboration with the School of Music •    Coordinate all aspects of Music Lesson Lottery system including marketing, promotions, website updates, budget, among other aspects

•    Manage and maintain Unit One Music Recording Studio

•    Coordinate and monitor space requirements and logistics for program

•    Coordinate student and faculty recitals

•    Assist with coordination of Allen Hall Arts Festival

•    Teach music courses including Jazz History and Appreciation, Digital Recording and Composition, Popular Music History, Introduction to the Music Business and Popular Music Ensemble

•    Maintain a guitar studio for individual lessons

•   Curriculum Development

Adjunct Professor of Music

Richland Community College, Decatur, IL, 2013-2017

  • Taught Class Guitar, Music Appreciation, American Popular Music and Non-Western Music to undergraduates

  • Developed and taught American Popular Music and Non-Western Music online courses

  • Managed technology integration through video, audio and mixed media presentations as well as

    online discussion formats

  • Introduced students to concepts of active listening through a wide array of musical presentations,

    lectures, blogs and outside listening projects

  • Taught students to recognize various periods, mediums, and themes in music through audio, text

    and video examples

  • Taught students to understand the fundamental conceptual and theoretical framework that underlies the production of music in different cultures and how they could use it to connect to the arts today in a meaningful way

  • Served on Diversity Committee

Adjunct Music Faculty

University of Illinois, Springfield, IL, 2015-2017

  • Taught Class Guitar sections and Music, Technology and Culture classes to undergraduates

  • Developed lesson plans which incorporated theoretical musical knowledge, guitar specific

  • techniques and performance practices

  • Taught solo and ensemble performance, chords, music reading, accompaniment, ear training and

  • improvisation to beginning, intermediate and advanced students

  • Introduced students to classical, jazz and rock styles as well as the guitar’s role in these genres

  • Introduced students to Sonar, Finale, Band in a Box, DAWs and recording techniques

Adjunct Professor of Guitar

Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL, 2013-2014

  • Taught Class Guitar sections to undergraduates

  • Developed lesson plans which incorporated theoretical musical knowledge, guitar specific

    techniques and performance practices

  • Taught solo and ensemble performance, chords, music reading, accompaniment, ear training and

    improvisation to beginning, intermediate and advanced students 

  • Introduced students to classical, jazz and rock styles as well as the guitar’s role in these genres

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012-2015

  • Taught weekly individual guitar and bass lessons to undergraduate music majors and non-majors

  • Developed lesson plans tailored to each student’s level of ability and experience which ranged

    from beginner to advanced

  • Introduced music theory, sight reading, chord knowledge, ear training and performance practices

  • Demonstrated a high student retention rate

Studio and Preparatory Teaching Experience

Guitar Instructor

Bonn International School, Bonn, Germany, 2007-2011

  • Taught weekly individual lessons for middle school and high school guitar and bass students

  • Guest lectured on jazz history, improvisation and music business

  • Developed lesson plans tailored to each student’s level of ability and experience which ranged

    from beginner to intermediate

  • Helped students prepare for concerts

  • Maintained high student retention rate

  • Acted as project facilitator for major International Baccalaureate projects in the music track for

    graduating students

  • Advised the director of music on equipment purchases

Private Guitar Instructor

Private Studio, Pompano Beach, FL, 2001-2007

  • Taught weekly individual lessons to guitar and bass students who ranged in age from high school

    to adult

  • Prepared students for music school auditions at major universities

  • Students were accepted to University of Miami and University of Michigan music programs

  • Developed lesson plans tailored to each student’s level of ability and experience which ranged

    from beginners to advanced

  • Taught jazz, blues, rock, classical and country styles

Owner, Private Guitar and Bass Studio

Fast Track Music Instruction, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1996-2000

  • Recruited teachers for private lessons on guitar, piano, saxophone, flute and strings

  • Handled finances including payroll and taxes

  • Led advertising and promotional campaigns which brought the company from a start up to over 80

    weekly students

  • Taught weekly individual lessons to guitar and bass students of all ages

  • Developed lesson plans tailored to each student’s level of ability and experience which ranged from beginner to advanced

Guitar Instructor

Jacksonville School Board, Jacksonville FL, 1994-1996

  • Collaborated with community outreach program to teach weekly individual lessons

  • Developed lesson plans tailored to each student’s level of ability and experience which consisted of beginners to intermediate

Music Industry Experience

Cofounder Pop Up Records
Pop Up Records, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2004-2007
•    Managing partner in independent record label
•    Obtained substantial start up funding
•    Seven nation wide releases for label
•    Scouted and signed talent for the label
•    Distribution with RED Distribution, Amazon and CD Baby
•    Releases in major chains such as Tower Records
•    Advertising campaigns in national music magazines like Alternative Press

Selected Recordings

• Guido Sanchez-Portuguez. Trazos. 2018, compact disc.

  • Crofton Coleman. Watercolors. 2015, compact disc.

  • War Generation. Start Somewhere Never Surrender. Rise Records, 2013, compact disc.

  • New Life Band. New Life Band. 2013, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. The Ultimate Collection. Tooth and Nail Records, 2008, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. The Final Curtain. Tooth and Nail Records, 2006, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. The Final Curtain. Tooth and Nail Records, 2006, DVD.

  • Further Seems Forever. Hope This Finds You Well. Tooth and Nail Records, 2006, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. Hope Against Hope. Tooth and Nail Records, 2006, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. Light Up Ahead. Tooth and Nail Records, 2005, DVD.

  • Further Seems Forever. Hide Nothing. Tooth and Nail Records, 2004, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. Furnace Fest 2002. 3b Studios, 2004, DVD.

  • Gleason, Jason. "Sleigh Bells and Wine." A Santa Cause. Immortal Records, 2004, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. How to Start a Fire. Tooth and Nail Records, 2003, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. Sony Connect Sessions. Sony Records, 2003, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. The Sound. Tooth and Nail Records, 2003, DVD.

  • Further Seems Forever. Live at WHF Washington DC. WHF Records, 2003, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. Atticus Dragging the Lake II. Side One Dummy Records, 2003, compact

    disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. Pop Goes Punk. Fearless Records, 2003, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. Take Action Compilation Vol. 3. Hopeless Records, 2003, compact disc.

  • Further Seems Forever. Dragging the Lake. Resting Bird Entertainment, 2002, DVD.

  • Further Seems Forever. Snowbirds and Townies. Tooth and Nail Records, 2001, DVD.

  • Further Seems Forever. The Nail. Tooth and Nail Records, 2000, DVD.

  • Novak, David. Chaste White and Blush Red. A Telling Experience Records, 2000, compact disc.

Selected Performance Experience

Festival Appearances

  • 2018 CU Jazz Festival Urbana, IL

  • 2016 CU Jazz Festival Urbana, IL

  • 2014 St. Luke’s Gospel Jazz Festival Urbana, IL

  • 2013 Red Herring Jazz Festival Urbana, IL

  • 2011 International Day Bonn, Germany

  • 2011 Fair Trade Festival Bonn, Germany

  • 2010 Rhine Concert Bonn, Germany

  • 2009 International Day Bonn, Germany

Festival Appearances with the band Further Seems Forever

  • 2016 Self Help Festival San Bernardino, CA

  • 2016 For The Love Festival Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • 2005 Corrupted Image Fest Lancaster, PA

  • 2005 Night of Joy Walt Disney World, FL

  • 2005 Freedom Festival Albuquerque, NM

  • 2005 Ichthus Festival Wilmore, KY

  • 2004 University of Central Florida Homecoming Orlando, FL

  • 2004 CMJ Music Marathon New York, NY

  • 2004 Hoi Polloi Festival Denver, CO

  • 2004 Purple Door Festival Lebanon, PA

  • 2004 Cornerstone Festival Main Stage Bushnell, IL

  • 2004 Cornerstone Florida Festival Main Stage Orlando, FL

  • 2003 Furnace Fest Birmingham, AL

  • 2003 Hell Fest Syracuse, NY

  • 2003 Cornerstone Festival Bushnell, IL

  • 2003 Cornerstone Florida Festival Main Stage Orlando, FL

  • 2002 Furnace Fest Birmingham, AL

  • 2002 Purple Door Festival Lebanon, PA

  • 2002 Cornerstone Festival Main Stage Bushnell, IL

  • 2002 Cornerstone Florida Festival Main Stage Orlando, FL

  • 2002 Warped Tour (8 shows in 8 states)

  • 2002 Skate and Surf Fest Asbury Park, NJ

  • 2001 Furnace Fest Birmingham, AL

  • 2001 Purple Door Festival Lebanon, PA

  • 2001 Krazy Fest Louisville, KY

  • 2001 Alive Festival North Lawrence, OH

  • 2001 Macrock Festival Harrisonburg, V A

Headlining Tours with Further Seems Forever

  • 2016 U.S. tour (9 shows in 4 states)

  • 2006 Southeast U.S. tour (7 shows in 4 states)

  • 2006 Acoustic European tour (22 shows in 8 Countries)

  • 2005 European tour (30 shows in 11 Countries)

  • 2005 U.S. tour (7 shows in 6 states)

  • 2005 Japanese tour (7 shows in 5 cities)

  • 2004 U.S. and Canada tour (38 shows in 25 states and Canada)

  • 2004 U.S. tour (32 shows in 22 states)

  • 2003 U.S. and Canada tour (11 shows in 7 states and Canada)

  • 2003 U.S. and Canada tour (34 shows in 25 states and Canada)

  • 2003 U.S. tour (28 shows in 16 states)

  • 2002 U.S. tour (19 shows in 14 states)

  • 2002 U.S. tour (43 shows in 30 states)

  • 2001 U.S. tour (39 shows in 21 states)

  • 2001 U.S. tour (24 shows in 16 states)

Supporting Tours with Further Seems Forever

  • 2005 Main support U.S. tour with Starting Line (25 shows in 21 states)

  • 2004 Main support with Dashboard Confessional Boca Raton, FL

  • 2004 Main support U.S. and Canada tour with Sparta (25 shows in 20 states and Canada)

  • 2003 Main support UK tour with Thursday (6 shows in England and Scotland)

  • 2003 Main support UK tour with Funeral for a Friend (8 shows in England)

  • 2003 Main support U.S. tour with Dillinger Escape Plan (28 shows in 19 states)

  • 2003 Support tour with The Ataris (33 shows in 24 states and Canada)

  • 2002 Support tour with New Found Glory (43 shows in 28 states and Canada)

  • 2002 Main support tour with Hot Rod Circuit (26 shows in 19 states)

Freelance Tours and Appearances

  • 2011 Gospel Concert with Soleil Niklasson Bonn, Germany

  • 2010 Gospel Concert with Soleil Niklasson Bonn, Germany

  • 2009 Gospel Concert with Soleil Niklasson Bonn, Germany

  • 2008 Gospel Concert with Soleil Niklasson Bonn, Germany

  • 1999 Toured with actress and singer Florence Henderson

  • 1998 Toured with Ed Ames of the Ames Brothers

Directing Experience

Illinois Summer Youth Music University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, July 9th – July 21st, 2018

•    Taught Songwriting/Rock Band Courses

•    Co-led Junior Jazz Big Band

•    Directed Junior Jazz Rhythm Section Improvisation Class

•    Auditioned Jazz Guitarists

Illinois Summer Youth Music University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 18th – July 22nd, 2017

•    Taught Songwriting/Rock Band Courses

•    Co-led Junior Jazz Big Band

•    Directed Junior Jazz Rhythm Section Improvisation Class

•    Auditioned Jazz Guitarists

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 19th – July 16th, 2016

  • Taught Songwriting/Rock Band Courses

  • Co-led Junior Jazz Big Band

  • Wrote and arranged charts for all groups

  • Directed Junior Jazz Combo

  • Directed Junior Jazz Rhythm Sectional

Illinois Summer Youth Music

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 14th – July 11th, 2015

  • Taught Songwriting/Rock Band Courses

  • Co-led Junior Jazz Big Band

  • Wrote and arranged charts for all groups

  • Directed Junior Jazz Combo

  • Directed Junior Jazz Rhythm Sectional

Contemporary Music Director

American Protestant Church, Bonn, Germany, 2008-2011

  • Coordinated community outreach concerts several times a year including events on church

    grounds and large community festivals of thousands

  • Directed contemporary, youth, gospel and young adult musical groups

  • Wrote and arranged charts for all groups

  • Led rehearsal and performed on guitar and vocals

  • Led music for high school and middle school youth groups

Selected Press

  • 2006, January. Alternative Press, 210. 2005, September.

  • Alternative Press, 206. 2005, May/June. Staf. (Spain)

  • 2005, May. Radio Coma.

  • 2005, January 27. Rolling Stone, 988. 2005. Crossbeat. (Japan)

  • 2005 Rockzone, 03. (Spain)

  • 2005) Rockzone, 04. (Spain)

  • 2004, December. Threat, 13.

  • 2004, November 11. The Washington Times. 2004, November. CCM.

  • 2004, November 10. Flagpole.

  • 2004, November. Houston Press.

  • 2004, November. Idiom.

  • 2004, November/December. Law of Inertia, 21. 2004, November 12. Sun-Sentinel.

  • 2004, October 6. Breaking Custom.

  • 2004, September/October. HM, 109.

  • 2004, September. Greenwich Time.

  • 2004, September 30. The Hartford Courant. 2004, September 29. Boston’s Weekly Dig. 2004, September 15. Punk Is Not Dead.

  • 2004, September. Alternative Press, 194.

  • 2004, September/October. Slam, 16. (Germany) 2004, September 1. Austin 360.

  • 2004, September 11. Billboard Magazine. 2004, August/September. City Link.

  • 2004, August/September. New Times, 44 (7). 2004, July/August. Slam, 15. (Germany)

  • 2004, May. City Link.

  • 2004, February/March. Magnet, 62.

  • 2004, February 4. Sun-Sentinel.

  • 2003, October 16. Rolling stone, 933.

  • 2003, September. Alternative Press, 182.

  • 2003, May. Revolver.

  • 2003, May. Alternative Press, 178.

  • 2003, March. Alternative Press, 176.

  • 2003, March/April. HM, 100.

  • 2003, February 17. Miami Herald.

Conferences and Presentations

Sixtieth Anniversary of the First Liturgical Jazz Service, Dallas, April 24th, 2019

•    “Liturgical Jazz Service: 60th Anniversary Performance and Lecture”

Sixth Rhythm Changes Conference Austria, April 12th, 2019

•    “Liturgical Jazz: Jazz in Sacred Spaces”

Tenth Annual Jazz Education Network Conference Nevada, January 11th, 2019

•    “The Intersection of Avant-Garde Music and Liturgical Jazz in the 1960s”

Thirty-sixth Great Lakes Regional Conference of The College Music Society

Westerville, April 6th, 2018

•    “An Examination of the First Liturgical Jazz Service”

Ninth Annual Jazz Education Network Conference Dallas, January 5th, 2018

•    “An Exploration of the First Liturgical Jazz Service”

Sixtieth National Conference of The College Music Society

San Antonio, October 26th, 2017

•   “The Jazz Mass - The Evolution of Jazz from Secular Music to the Sacred”

International Jazz Composers’ Symposium
Tampa, May 19th, 2017
•    “The Compositional Evolution of Liturgical Jazz in 1960s and early 1970s America”

Thirty-fifth Great Lakes Regional Conference of The College Music Society
Murray, April 7th, 2017
•    “The Intersection of Avant-Garde Jazz and Sacred Music in the 1960s”

Eight Annual Jazz Education Network Conference
New Orleans, January 6th, 2017
•    “55 Years of the Jazz Mass – The Transition of Jazz from Secular Music to the Sacred”

Thirty-fourth Great Lakes Regional Conference of The College Music Society
South Bend, April 2nd, 2016
•    “55 Years of the Jazz Mass - The Transition of Jazz from Secular Music to the Sacred”

Seventh Annual Jazz Education Network Conference                                                                           Louisville, January 8th, 2016
•    “Liturgical Jazz –the evolution of the subgenre and the music of Edgar E. Summerlin”

Fifty-Eight National Conference of The College Music Society
Indianapolis, November 6th, 2015
•    “Liturgical Jazz and the music of Edgar E. Summerlin”

University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Illinois at Springfield, May 5th, 2015
•    “History of Jazz Through the Eyes of its Legendary Pianists”

Community of Scholars
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 16th, 2015
•    “Liturgical Jazz – The Evolution of the Subgenre and the Music of Edgar E. Summerlin”

University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Illinois at Springfield, October 30th, 2014
•    “History of Jazz Through the Eyes of its Legendary Pianists”

Blackburn College
Blackburn College, December 6th, 2013
•    “The Major Innovators in the History of Jazz”

Publications

Further Seems Forever. “The Sound.” X 2003. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Publishing, 2003. Print.

Cordoba, Derick. “Turns.” Exposed Art and Writings from the Independent Music World. Ed. Chris Corces

and Marijana Gucunski. Vjera Music, 2005. 54-55. Print.

Honors and Awards

NAMM Foundation/CMS GenNext Fellow grant, Nashville, May 8th, 2018

Urbana Arts Grant, Composer Grant, City of Urbana, IL Arts Grant, Urbana, March 16th, 2018

Special Recognition – Outstanding Student Paper Presentation College Music Society Great Lakes Regional Conference, Murray, April 7th, 2017

Graduate College Educational Equity Program Service Award, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, April 4th, 2016

Illinois Music Entrepreneurship Competition, 1st Place Startup Grant, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, April 16th, 2015

Graduate College Educational Equity Program Service Award, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, April 6th, 2015

Center for Teaching Excellence Ranked Outstanding Instructor by Students, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2015

Center for Teaching Excellence Ranked Excellent Instructor by Students, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2014

Center for Teaching Excellence Ranked Outstanding Instructor by Students, University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2013

Center for Teaching Excellence Ranked Excellent Instructor by Students, University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, Fall 2012

Member of Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign chapter, 2012

Dove Award, nominated for “Light Up Ahead” video in the best music video category, 2005

Departmental / University Service

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Music and Performing Arts Library

•    Curated a special collection on liturgical jazz for display during Jazz Appreciation Month

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

•    Grade guitar juries for music majors and non-majors

College Music Society Mentor
58th National Conference, Indianapolis, IN 2015
•    Mentored graduate student paper presentation

Diversity Committee
Richland Community College, 2015

  • Revising Diversity in Hiring Training with Search Committees

  • Monitoring findings and implementing recommendations of ICCB Civil Rights Self-Assessment Report

  • Assist and review ICCB African American/Hispanic Employment Data

  • Assist and review ICCB Underrepresented Groups Report

  • Assist in coordination of needed diversity trainings

Professional Associations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jazz Education Network

International Association of Jazz Educators

College Music Society

Selected Endorsements

Fender Guitars (2005 – Present)

Gibson Guitars (2004 – 2005)

Bogner Amplifiers (2004 – Present)

Dean Markley Strings (2002 – 2005)

Language Skills

Spanish, fluent speaking and reading knowledge

German, basic speaking and reading knowledge


References

Charles “Chip” McNeill, Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies Advanced Jazz Harmony I & II, McNeill Vocal Combo University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gabriel Solis, Associate Professor and Chair of Musicology Division Research Advisor and Musicology Instructor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lawrence Gray, Assistant Professor of Jazz Advisor and Guitar Instructor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thomas Lippincott, Adjunct Professor of Jazz Guitar Guitar Instructor
Florida International University

Tito Carrillo, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet
Small Group and Independent Study Instructor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign