Richard Frey is the associate director of bands and assistant professor of music at Colorado State University where he conducts the Symphonic Band, directs the Marching Band, and teaches courses in music education. He was previously the interim director of Athletic Bands, and assistant director of Bands at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Dr. 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, Dr. Frey lead the CSU 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, Dr. Frey has led world and consortium premieres by composers Steven Bryant, Eric Nathan, David Maslanka, James David, and Matthew Peterson, and his concerts with the CSU Symphonic Band have often incorporated 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.
Under his direction, the CSU Marching Band has expanded its national and international reputation, including a 2013 tour of Ireland that culminated in a performance at the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin. The band performs nationally at bowl games regularly and for the Denver Broncos. In 2015, CSU hosted the College Band Directors National Association’s Athletic Band Symposium, the first non-Power Five conference school to do so.
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, Dr. Frey has been regularly commissioned by university and high school ensembles in over a dozen states, resulting in performances of nearly 100 of his musical arrangements.
In 2011 Dr. Frey received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. In 2008 he received a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. From 2002-2006 he taught instrumental music in the public schools of Salem, Oregon. Dr. Frey received a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Puget Sound in 2002.