Associate Conductor, Director of Chamber Music
Jonathan Der, violinist, freelance conductor, chamber musician and church organist, enjoys sharing music with the Lower Mainland communities. This is his 20th season with the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra as an associate conductor and chamber music director.
Mr. Der dedicates many hours of his time to violin pedagogy. For the past 25 years, he has nurtured many youngsters to become professional musicians. One of his main teaching philosophies focuses on building a strong technical foundation and creative musical expression. Today, quite a few of his students continue pursuing music as a career.
In the past 15 years, Mr. Jonathan has been an active adjudicator for many music festivals in BC. Festivals such as the Richmond Music Festival, BC Conservatory of Music Festival, North Shore Music Academy Festival, Elite International Music Festival, and Pacific Northwest Music Festival.
Mr. Der obtained his bachelor’s degree from McGill University and graduated with a master’s degree in Violin Performance and a minor in conducting from Indiana University, Bloomington. Currently, he also holds the position of Music Director/Organist at St. Anne’s Steveston Anglican Church and was the music director of Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra 2018-2021.