Brandon Derfler

Brandon Derfler, Ph.D

Full-Time Faculty
Associate Professor

Phone: 801.832.2441


Office Location: Jewett Center EEJ-H

Office Hours: M 11:00AM 12:00PM,W 01:30PM 05:30PM


Ph.D. University of Washington
M.A. Univ North Carolina Chapel Hl
B.A. University of Utah


Brandon Derfler is Chair of the Florence J. Gillmor School of Music at Westminster College. He studied music theory at the University of Washington, where he received a Ph.D in 2007. In addition to teaching at the University of Washington, he has also taught at the Academy of Music Northwest in Seattle and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received an M.A. in musicology. Dr. Derfler also holds a B.A. in music (magna cum laude) from the University of Utah. He served as Assistant Editor of the journal Perspectives of New Music from 2001 to 2007. His work has been published in GAMUT Journal, Indiana Theory Review, Perspectives of New Music, and Music Theory and Analysis (forthcoming). His book Single-Voice Transformations: A Model for Parsimonious Voice Leading was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2010. He will be presenting a paper on the music of American composer Ben Johnston at the 54th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association in the UK in September of this year. Dr. Derfler conducted the Utah premieres of John Cage?s Atlas Eclipticalis with the Westminster Chamber Orchestra in 2012 and Philip Glass?s The Photographer with the Westminster Opera Studio in 2015. As a pianist, he has performed in a recital with Metropolitan Opera tenor Hugo Vera and will be performing with the Westminster Chamber Orchestra as a soloist in May 2018. His research interests include minimalism, just intonation composers, and neo-Riemannian theory. Outside of academia, Dr. Derfler enjoys composing music, hiking and backpacking in the canyon country of southern Utah, and dissecting the minutiae of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth.

Areas of Expertise

Music theory

Dr. Brandon Derfler