Richard Frey

Contact Information

Phone: (970) 491-5973


Office: UCA 212B

Role: Faculty

Position: Associate Director of Bands
Assistant Professor of Music


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.

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 performed for halftime at the 2013 NFL Kickoff game at Sports Authority Field in Denver, in a national media campaign for Conoco-Phillips, and for President Barack Obama's visit to CSU in 2012. In 2015, CSU will host the College Band Directors National Association Athletic Band Symposium.

Dr. Frey's doctoral work 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 his work at universities around the country, and in July 2014, Dr. Frey lead the CSU Faculty Chamber Winds on a performance tour of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary that included his new performance edition of Figaro and a new edition of the introduction to Rossini's Zelmira.

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 2002-2006 he taught instrumental music in the public schools of Salem, Ore. Dr. Frey received a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Puget Sound in 2002.

As an arranger and drill designer for marching and athletic bands, Dr. Frey has been regularly commissioned by university and high school ensembles in Ark., Colo., Fla., Ga., Ind., Mich., N.C., Ohio, Ore., Pa., and Tenn. 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.