Thomas Derthick, bass faculty
- US News Ranking: #82 (tie) in Regional Universities West
- US News Overall Score (out of 100): 29
- In-State Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $6,648
- Out-of-State Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $17,808
- Room & Board 2016-17: $13,916
- Total Enrollment: 30,284
- Acceptance Rate (from 2015): 73%
- Student – Faculty Ratio: 27:1
- 4 year graduation rate: 7%
Double Bass Statistics
- Average number of undergraduate bass students: 6
- Average number of graduate bass students: 1
- Studio Class
What Alumni Are Doing
- Susan Wulff (San Diego Symphony, 2003)
- Miles Tsue (2016)–now a graduate student at San Francisco Conservatory; multiple recent graduates working in Music Education, both as public school teachers and as self-employed private school entrepreneurs.
Perspectives from Students and Alumni
Q: How did this school help prepare you for your future endeavors?
A: The well-rounded nature of the education, open-mindedness of faculty
Q: What advice would you offer others thinking about studying at this school?
A: Keep your eyes on the prize, life is what you make it, nothing is given to you, search it out yourself.
Perspectives from the Bass Faculty
Q: What are some of your favorite experiences teaching at your school?
A: I’ll be working with the University Symphony as guest conductor, covering a colleague’s sabbatical this fall!
From Thomas: The school owns a nice collection of Mittenwalder basses for both classical and jazz students to use.
About The Bass Faculty
Bassist/Teacher/Conductor Thomas Derthick enjoys a diverse musical career throughout Northern California and the Central Valley. The long-time Principal Bassist of the Sacramento Symphony, Tom is currently Principal Bassist of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, as well as the Sacramento Choral Society. He recently completed a quarter century as Principal of the Cabrillo Festival, America’s foremost Contemporary Music Festival. A frequent recitalist and chamber musician, Tom has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento since its inaugural season, and with the Empyrean Ensemble with whom he has recorded and toured. Other performances include the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Symphony and Oregon Symphony, as well as recording work and Broadway shows. A quarter-century of service to his fellow professional musicians culminated in Tom’s 2006 election as Vice President of the Professional Musicians of Central California, AFM Local 12.
A member of the applied faculty at Sacramento State University and the University of California, Davis since 1982, Tom joined the faculty at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in 1988, where he has appeared as a soloist and guest conductor. In 2000 Tom was named Music Director of the Central Valley Youth Symphony. Under his leadership the orchestra has expanded its performance schedule, enrollment and community outreach; initiated its annual and highly successful Concerto Competition and collaborations with the Stockton Symphony; and twice performed in Carnegie Hall. Tom also served as Interim Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2007-08, leading their first performance in the Gallo Center for the Arts. Recent guest conducting appearances include concerts given by the American Guild of Organists; school honor orchestras in Sacramento, San Joaquin County and Tracy; and leading his Sacramento Philharmonic colleagues in their Link Up Educational Programs in April 2015. Tom was honored by the Stockton Arts Commission in 2014 with their STAR award for outstanding achievement in arts education for music.
Tom lives in River Oaks with his wife of nearly 34 years, Lisa, and their two cats, Desiree and Roxie. He plays golf badly, and enjoys sports on TV, politics and reading.