Derick Rehurek, as the associate conductor, has been responsible for assisting the Music Director in guiding rehearsals, contributing to concert preparation, and conducting performances as needed. Derick has been with the organization since 2011. For the 2016-2017 concert season, Derick agreed to serve as Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra’s Artistic Director & Principal Conductor.
Rehurek is an active musician and educator originally from Yankton, South Dakota. A graduate of the University of South Dakota, Derick studied violin and viola with the celebrated soloist and pedagogue, John Thomson. He has received research stipends to study early American orchestral repertoire and is a recipient of the Strings Magazine National Scholarship for Music Education.
Rehurek studied conducting with numerous performers including Matthew Harden, Henry Charles Smith III, and Bruce Earnest of the International Performing Arts Institute. Before moving to Minnesota, Rehurek served three years as the Music Director of the Sioux Empire Youth Orchestra in South Dakota. He has been a guest conductor with the Northwestern Iowa Strings Festival and has served as an Associate Conductor of the Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra.
Rehurek is the Music Director for North High School Musical Theatre in North St. Paul. He has conducted and taught musicals with Ashland Productions, Lakeshore Playhouse, Masquers Theatre, Coon Rapids Players, and Rosetown Playhouse since moving to Minnesota. Rehurek recently conducted Spring Awakening with the Minnesota Chapter of the International Thespian Society.
As a violinist, he performs with the Minnesota Philharmonic, the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Second Fiddle Productions, the Dakota Valley Symphony and many pit orchestras. Rehurek currently teaches a private studio across the metro and is the Adjunct Instructor of Violin/Viola at RCTC in Rochester, MN.