Frederick Frahm – Biography

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Frederick Frahm, American composer, organist, publisher, and parish musician was born in California, USA, in 1964. He is a founding co-director of Firehead Organ Works and presently works as a Production Editor for 1517 Media in Minneapolis.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) where he earned degrees in Church Music (BM) and Organ Performance (MM), he studied organ, improvisation, and counterpoint with David Dahl and Gregory Peterson; composition with Roger Briggs and Gregory Youtz; and conducting with Richard Sparks.

Frahm directed church music programs across the US for 40 years before retiring in 2021. He contributed as a classical music critic to the Bellingham Herald in Bellingham, WA, served as an adjunct faculty member of Concordia University in River Forest, IL, where he taught 16th century counterpoint, music theory & composition, and orchestration.

From 2011 to 2022, Frahm served as a collaborative teaching artist, resident composer, and accompanist for the Santa Fe Opera Company LifeSongs & Active Learning Through Opera (ALTO) programs.

A prolific composer, his catalog of compositions includes works for organ, choral music, chamber pieces, art song and song cycle, symphony and concerto, and extended vocal works including operas and cantatas. His music is well documented in recordings on Youtube, SoundCloud, and Bandcamp and widely performed in the US and Europe.

Check out the composer’s personal website!