Darin Lewis began his musical studies at the age of seven. He attended Northwestern University, where he was a student of Russian-pianist Carmen Or. Upon her urging, he continued his studies with Daniel Pollack at the University of Southern California, where he graduated cum laude. Upon his graduation, he was awarded a Rotary Scholarship, allowing him to do post-graduate work at the Royal Northern College of Music in England with Sulamita Aronovsky. While in England, Mr. Lewis made his orchestral debut with the New-Castle-under-Lyme Orchestra playing Mozart. When he returned to the United States, Mr. Lewis began work on his Master’s degree in Piano Performance at Yale University, where he was the recipient of the Catherine Winchell Scholarship as a student of Peter Frankl. At Yale, with the encouragement and guidance of Ezra Laderman and Joan Panetti, Mr. Lewis began to further explore his abilities as a composer. In 1990, Mr. Lewis conducted performances of his Requiem at Yale and in California. In 1991, after graduating from Yale, Mr. Lewis received a Teaching Fellowship at the City College of New York, where he began working on a Master’s degree in composition with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici. At City College, Mr. Lewis’ Revelation, (a setting of the Book of Revelations, for soprano soloist, choir and orchestra), was premiered. Upon his graduation in 1993, Mr. Lewis joined the music faculty of the Horace Mann School. During his tenure at Horace Mann he composed numerous works for the Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Choral groups. Darin holds a Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University. He has worked with students across the country and in Europe.
He is an active composer with works being performed throughout the United States having been performed by St. Olaf, Sons Florida’s Singing Sons, and the Boston Pops and at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Southwark Cathedral, Alliance Française, and Carnegie Hall. His conducting has taken him across Europe and the U.S. including London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Florence, Budapest and Prague.
Darin passionate about teaching and developing skills in students that they can draw on throughout their lives. Teaching life skill and social skills is at the core of his teaching philosophy. That desire to incorporate utilitarian values in his teaching influenced his doctoral research, which focused on adults who participated in high school orchestra and what effect that had on their behaviors as adults. He has been recognized as an outstanding educator and motivator. In addition to being the Minster of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Robesonia, PA, he is on the faculty of Lafayette College as the Director of the Lafayette College Chamber Orchestra. He is demand as a composer, conductor and clinician and has been a consultant for music festivals in the U.S. and in Austria.