Frederick Frahm organ
Frederick Frahm, resident of Placitas, New Mexico, was born in Hemet, California, in 1964.
He has worked as a Director of Music and Organist for parishes across the U.S., contributed as a classical music critic to the Bellingham Herald in Bellingham, Washington, and served as an adjunct faculty member of Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, where he taught counterpoint, music theory and composition, as well as orchestration. He is a past Dean of the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Frederick Frahm is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) where he earned degrees in Church Music and Organ Performance. He studied organ and counterpoint with David Dahl and Gregory Peterson, harpsichord with Randall McCarty, composition with Roger Briggs and Gregory Youtz, and conducting with Richard Sparks.
As a composer, he is represented worldwide by a dozen publishers with more than a hundred works in print. In March of 2012, the Chatter Ensemble, conducted by David Felberg, presented the world premiere of his song cycle Spaces of Night (on texts by American poet Stephen Crane), and this music was subsequently broadcast on National Public Radio (PipeDreams, hosted by Michael Barone) in November of that year.
In the spring of 2013, his Septem Verba for Organ and Violin received European premiere performances in Florence and London, and a new CD album of works for organ, featuring English organist Robin Walker and violinist David Felberg, was released in London by sfz, Ltd.
In 2014, world premiere performances took place in London and Pisa (organ and choral works), and Albuquerque (a string quartet), as well as two works for solo vocal quartet which were presented in multiple venues across the Southwest as part of the Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour.
In the last few years, he has completed more than twenty commissions for new music including works for the Albuquerque Chapter AGO, the Santa Fe Opera Company, the Bosque School, Rio Rancho High Schools, the Hey Mozart! Project, and numerous parishes, performers, and patrons of the arts.
For more information, visit the composer’s website at www.frederickfrahm.com where you can listen to music, peruse scores, and read libretti and program notes.