Jeremiah Frederick ‘98
I grew up in the Minneapolis area and decided to come to Lawrence because of the small student population and my impressions of Mr. DeCorsey during my auditions. The personal attention you receive at Lawrence is unlike most other music schools. It allows you to grow and mature as a musician while getting a top-tier education. I particularly enjoyed the chamber music I was able to make—it instilled a love of wind quintet playing that I still enjoy and would do full time if I could.
Since Lawrence, I have moved to Chicago and maintain a busy freelance career along with a large private studio. I originally moved to Chicago to be a part of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (a training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and stayed to do my masters at Northwestern University. I have since become a member of several regional orchestras including the Lake Forest and South Bend symphonies and the IRIS Orchestra in Tennessee. I also play regularly with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Broadway in Chicago productions.
One of my proudest moments since leaving Lawrence was winning the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with my wind quintet, Quintet Attacca, in 2002. We have been together since 1999 and have only had one personnel change! They are my favorite people to play with and we are like family.
Some of my best memories of the horn studio are the road trips - driving through snow to Iowa and making up lyrics to horn excerpts, getting lost on the way back from Chicago in our Lawrence van, and the trip to Björklunden for a chamber music weekend.