Jeremiah Frederick

French Horn Faculty, Quintet Attacca
French Horn
Program Area: 
Chamber Music
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Jeremiah received his Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University, and his Bachelor of Music Degree from Lawrence University.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Several of Mr. Frederick's biggest influences over the years were: Gail Williams, William Barnewitz, James DeCorsey, and William Purvis.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Given the fact that the French horn is such a difficult instrument, Jeremiah tries to get students to enjoy the instrument by first working on their basic skills- such as use of air, scales, etc. Then, once he feels that the student has mastered this, they move on to the fun work of making the horn work for the individual, rather than it feeling like a chore for the student to master.

Awards and achievements: 

Mr. Frederick has achieved a lot during his time as a musician. Some of his biggest accomplishments include: attending both the Aspen Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, receiving third Place at the 2001 American Horn Competition, receiving the Grand Prize & Wind Division Gold Medal with Quintet Attacca in 2002 at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and being a Finalist with Quintet Attacca in 2002 at the Chamber Music Society Two Auditions.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Other areas that Jeremiah is involved in include being a founding member of Quintet Attacca, being the second horn in the Ars Viva Symphony and the Lake Forest Symphony, being the associate principal horn in the South Bend Symphony, holding the title as second horn in the Southwest Michigan Symphony, several shows for Broadway in Chicago and Drury Lane Theater including Sweeney Todd, Mary Poppins, Shrek: The Musical; and The Addams Family.

Interests outside of music: 

Jeremiah considers himself a "workout freak!" He started working with a trainer in January of 2011 and have had so much fun that you could find him in the gym up to 6 days a week. He also loves food and trying to make great recipes healthier, his favorite- chocolate chip cookies. 

Favorite practice tip: 

Do it slurred! You will be amazed at what putting good air behind a passage can do for improving everything about it.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

As a horn player, I love all of the horn parts to the Brahms Symphonies and the lesser known Serenades. Mahler is fun for so many reasons - high, low, loud, fast, soft, slow - he has it all. My all-time favorite piece to play would have to be John Harbison's Quintet for Winds. Of course, I love playing with Quintet Attacca and the piece creates so many different colors from only five instruments!

Favorite musical moment: 

The reason I chose to play the horn was my first visit to a live orchestra concert. The Minnesota Orchestra played Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" on a youth concert. I was so enamored with the horn, I had to play it.