Jeremiah Frederick

Assistant Professor of Horn

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  • M.M., Master of Music, Northwestern University, 2000
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Lawrence University,1998


Jeremiah Frederick is the newly-appointed Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He is currently the second horn of the South Bend Symphony, a regular substitute of the Memphis Symphony and a member of the Chicago Philharmonic and IRIS Collective. In addition, Jeremiah has played with other Chicago-area ensembles including the Lyric Opera, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Grant Park, Elgin, and Rockford symphonies. He served as the fourth horn of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for several seasons and has played in orchestras nationwide, including the Omaha Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic and the Philly Pops Orchestra in Philadelphia.

Frederick enjoys new music performance and has played with contempo at the University of Chicago and on the Chicago Symphony's MusicNow series. Solo engagements have included performances of Schumann’s Concertpiece with both the Fox Valley Symphony and South Bend Symphony, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Jacob's Concerto For Horn and Strings at Northwestern University. In October of 2018, Frederick was the artist-in-residence for the Racine Symphony, giving numerous recitals and masterclasses in the community, culminating in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 with the orchestra.

Frederick, an avid chamber musician, is a Millar Brass Ensemble member and has played with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Pandacat Players, Rona Quartet and Midsummer’s Music in Door County. He is also a founding member of Quintet Attacca, a wind quintet and winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition's Grand Prize. Following this honor, Quintet Attacca has toured extensively in the Midwest in addition to concerts in New York City and Italy. Quintet Attacca resided at The Music Institute of Chicago and was formerly with the Chicago Chamber Musicians' Community Engagement Program.

Frederick is a frequent pit musician in Chicago and beyond. He has been a part of over 35 different musicals and productions. He has performed the pre-Broadway world premieres of Tootsie, The Addams Family and Big Fish. In the summer of 2023, he performed the horn part in the Goodman Theatre’s new production of The Who’s Tommy, directed by Tommy’s original director Des McAnuff. He has also performed with many Broadway in Chicago and local theater productions, including The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Shrek The Musical, Les Miserables, and Sunset Boulevard.

Before starting at the University of Memphis, Frederick was on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Elgin Community College, and Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. His students have gone on to receive numerous honors and many have gone on to study in some of the nation’s top music schools.

Jeremiah graduated from Northwestern University in 2000 with a master's degree in horn performance and received his Bachelor's in performance from Lawrence University. His primary teachers have included Gail Williams, Dale Clevenger, Bill Barnewitz, and James DeCorsey.

Recent Research and Creative Activity

  • 2022 - performed with Music of the Baroque in their presentation entitled "The Chevalier" about the life and music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St. George
  • 2022 - Performed with the National Tour of My Fair Lady for Broadway in Chicago
  • 2022 - recorded two movements of Leo Schwartz's new "Five Encores" for horn and piano as a collaboration with 'Rona Quartet
  • 2021 - served as a pre-screening judge for the wind division of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition
  • 2021 - Presented a virtual masterclass about being a successful freelance artist and teacher at Indiana University South Bend for music students
  • 2021 - taught at Birch Creek Music Festival's Adult Chamber Music Camp
  • 2021 - performed with Barry Manilow on his holiday tour in Denver and Chicago
  • 2021 - presented a presentation entitled "From Corona to 'Rona: The journey of one horn quartet in and out of the pandemic" at the International Horn Society's virtual convention
  • 2021 - premiered seven new works for wind quintet by the Chicago Composers Consortium with Quintet Attacca
  • 2020 - co-founded 'Rona Quartet, a horn quartet, during the pandemic, presenting outdoor, socially-distance concerts