Derrick Fox (DMA, '13) was a University Enrichment Fellow at Michigan State University. His fellowship allowed him to continue his studies, despite personal hardship caused by the 2008 recession.

Derrick Fox was a University Enrichment Fellow at Michigan State University, prior to his graduation in 2013. His research focused on seven-shape note gospel singing in African American communities. His fellowship came at the time the recession hit the economy. It allowed him to continue his studies, despite the hardship of living several states away from his wife, who was working to build her own career back home. He accepted a position as assistant professor of music education and choral conducting at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York this spring.

Fellowship: University Enrichment Fellowship

Program: Doctoral of Music

Area of focus: Choral conducting

Major professor: David Rayl, DMA

Education: BA, Arkansas State University, 2001; MA, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2007; DMA, Michigan State University, 2013

Derrick is one of several students featured in the fall 2013 issue of the MSU Alumni Magazine. Watch for his story later this season.


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