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Richard Frey

Interim Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands


Dr. Richard Frey is a member of the conducting faculty at the University of Michigan serving as the interim assistant director of bands. He is the associate director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, director of the Men’s Basketball Band, conductor of the Campus Bands, guest conductor of the Symphony Band Chamber Winds, teaches conducting, and coordinates the non-major chamber music program.

Frey was previously the associate director of Bands at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where the CSU Marching Band expanded its national and international reputation, including performances at the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin, for Denver Broncos halftimes, and at bowl games around the country. In 2015, CSU hosted the College Band Directors National Association’s Athletic Band Symposium, the first non-Power Five conference school to do so.

Frey’s research has centered on opera transcriptions for winds in the eighteenth-century, specifically Johann Went’s transcription of Le nozze di Figaro. He has given presentations on this work at universities around the country and at the 2016 CBDNA Southwest Division conference. In July 2014, Frey led the Colorado State Faculty Chamber Winds on a performance tour of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary that included his performance edition of Figaro and a new edition of the introduction to Rossini’s Zelmira. His modern harmonie performance edition (Sedlak) of the overture to Semiramide was premiered by the Gateway Chamber Orchestra at the 2015 CBDNA National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

As a conductor, Frey has led world and consortium premieres by composers Steven Bryant, Eric Nathan, David Maslanka, James David, and Matthew Peterson, and his concerts often feature multimedia and interdepartmental collaborations. He has presented on expressive conducting and Laban terminology, wind band repertoire, and modern performance practice at state and national conferences, and as a guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate classes at universities nationwide.

He has performed as a freelance percussionist with the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater, Tacoma Symphony, and Bellevue Philharmonic, and in recitals as a collaborative pianist and accompanist. As a music arranger and drill designer for marching and athletic bands, Frey has been regularly commissioned by university and high school ensembles resulting in performances of nearly 100 of his musical arrangements.

In 2011 Dr. Frey received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. In 2008 he received a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. From 2002-06 he taught instrumental music in the public schools of Salem, Oregon. Frey received a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Puget Sound in 2002.

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