Welcome to DerrickWang.com

Derrick Wang is a composer, lyricist, and pianist, creating dramatic music for an interdisciplinary world. He also engages audiences as a speaker on music, law, creativity, and the future of the performing arts.

He is the creator of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, which was introduced at the Supreme Court of the United States by National Public Radio (NPR) and is currently in development, with presentations given by the Maryland Opera Studio and the Washington National Opera.

For bookings, commissions, media, and other inquiries, visit the Contact page.

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents Canadian premiere of Derrick Wang’s Valley, Mountain, Sky with Peking Acrobats

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents the Canadian premiere of Derrick Wang’s orchestral work Valley, Mountain, Sky in a concert featuring the acclaimed Peking Acrobats, on April 25–27, 2014. WSO Resident Conductor Julian Pellicano conducts.

Based on Chinese folk songs, Valley, Mountain, Sky was commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale for its inaugural tour of Asia. The world premiere took place in 2008 in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Shanghai Grand Theatre in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Event Listing: http://bit.ly/1eLG2RU


  • Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 PM

Location: Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1C3, Canada
(Map: https://www.wso.ca/plan-your-experience/google-map/1)

Washington National Opera presents scene from Scalia/Ginsburg at the Smithsonian

On Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3pm, the Washington National Opera presents its American Scenes concert at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, featuring material from Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg. The WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program performs. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

Baltimore Sun previews Maryland Opera Studio’s reading of Scalia/Ginsburg

From The Baltimore Sun’s preview of the Maryland Opera Studio’s February 17, 2014 reading of Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg:

You’ve read about their clashing views in all of those 5-4 Supreme Court decisions. Now hear them sing their arguments.

“Scalia/Ginsburg,” a comic opera by Baltimore native and recent law school grad Derrick Wang, imagines Justice Antonin Scalia having to get through three ordeals — shades of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” — with the help of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In the summer of 2013, excerpts from the work-in-progress were performed at the Supreme Court for Scalia and Ginsburg, two longtime friends and opera fans who gave the project a thumbs up.…

Since that courtly preview, Wang has completed the score, which will receive its first full reading Monday night at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Center.

Read more: http://bsun.md/1cGmb1V

Maryland Opera Studio presents reading of Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg

UPDATE (Feb. 14, 2014): Due to inclement weather, the Scalia/Ginsburg reading has been POSTPONED to Monday, February 17, 2014 at 7:30pm, in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center:

The University of Maryland School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) will present a developmental reading of composer Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg, inspired by the opinions of Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. The reading will be held on Friday, February 14 at 7:30PM in the Clarice Smith Center’s Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

“Derrick Wang had the inspiration to bring two of the greatest diametrically opposed minds of our time together, using the one thing they agree on: opera,” said Nicholas I. J. Olcott, Interim Director of the MOS. “It’s a wise and witty look at these two brilliant people and their unlikely friendship. It’s also possibly the perfect opera for Washington!”

For directions to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/parking-and-directions

Read the full press release here:

Derrick Wang speaks with the ABA Journal about his new opera Scalia/Ginsburg

Derrick Wang speaks with the ABA (American Bar Association) Journal about his new opera Scalia/Ginsburg.

Most experienced lawyers can only dream about appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. But newly minted attorney Derrick Wang got the chance just weeks out of law school, holding court before a rapt audience in late June that included Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.…

Read the full story in the ABA Journal’s December 2013 print issue, or online here:

Derrick Wang discusses his opera Scalia/Ginsburg with the Washington Post

Derrick Wang talks to the Washington Post about his opera Scalia/Ginsburg. In this Q&A, he discusses the origins of Scalia/Ginsburg, the importance of “operatic precedent,” and turning court decisions into words that sing.

Read the Q&A here: http://wapo.st/18OXTUH

(Full link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/derrick-wang-discusses-scaliaginsburg-his-opera-about-the-supreme-court-justices/2013/10/03/7ec92c2a-2624-11e3-b3e9-d97fb087acd6_story.html