In January of 2016, Joe Derhake assumed the role of Vice President of Keiser-Southern Music. Derhake’s over 30 years’ musical experience have led him to a successful career in music publishing since 2004. Beginning as an assistant at MMB Music in St. Louis, he was given charge of the management of the company’s concert music division within two years, and in that role contributed significantly to the publisher’s ultimate revitalization.
With the 2008 purchase of MMB’s catalog by veteran music publisher Lauren Keiser, Derhake was brought on board as General Manager, establishing the fledgling operation of the new firm out of a modest basement office. Keiser Music’s incremental early successes helped pave the way for the acquisition of Southern Music in 2012. Since that time, the continued growth of the Keiser-Southern publishing house has led to the addition of Editorial and Corporate offices in San Antonio and the New York area, with an expanded professional Headquarters in St. Louis.
Keiser-Southern Music’s CEO Lauren Keiser said, “Joe has been with me from Day One in 2008. He has demonstrated excellent skills and is praised by his industry colleagues and peers. He has been running the daily operations of our company. Now that our staff has increased and our size is over four times our original turnover, we are delighted to have Joe as our Vice President.”
Joe comes from a musical family with sing-alongs and informal jam sessions forming his early sensibilities. He began playing keyboard by ear around age 5 and later learned to read music starting on euphonium in the school band. From these roots blossomed a career that has included teaching privately, performing, arranging, and songwriting. His musical influences and experiences span many diverse instrumental and vocal traditions including classical, blues, sacred, pop, folk, jazz and rock. He received a BA in Music from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri where he lives with his darling wife and two children.