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Deryck Clarke

Deryck Clarke serves as an Instructional Supervisor. Born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn, Deryck comes from a musical family from Guyana, South America. He attended all NYC DOE schools when in fourth grade he discovered his current instrument, the French horn. Deryck later graduated from the Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. He received a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, a bachelor’s degree in music from the UNC School of the Arts and a Master of Music from Rutgers University. While enjoying a freelance career in various opera and ballet and symphony orchestras, early music ensembles, chamber music groupsĀ and Broadway productions, Deryck developed his passion for teaching during summers at NY State Music Camp at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Deryck was a faculty member and served as Interim Music Director of the Harlem School of the Arts until he received his teaching certification in New Jersey. He became the instrumental and general music teacher at the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey, in 2006 and served on the Leadership Council of the Newark Arts Education Roundtable and on the Education Committee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Harlem Chamber Players.