DOB: September 22, 1977 (Chester, PA)
Described as "energetic, exciting, and rhythmically dynamic," composer KENNETH D. FROELICH’s music has been performed internationally in England, Germany, Italy, France, Slovenia, Finland, Canada, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and China, as well as several major cities across the United States. Emerging as a vibrant new voice in the world of contemporary chamber and orchestral music, Kenneth has been honored with awards from ASCAP, the National Association of Composers/USA, Meet the Composer, the Percussive Arts Society, a Subito grant from the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the American Composers Forum, and the Society of Composers Inc.
Kenneth’s works have been presented by such acclaimed ensembles as the American Composers Orchestra, Duo46, Earplay, the Empyrean Ensemble, the California E.A.R Unit, the Jolles Duo, the Indianapolis Symphonic Orchestra, Conundrum, the University of New Mexico Percussion Ensemble, the University of Southern California Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, and the Orpheus Ensemble of Fresno. Some of his more recent works include Clockwork Automata (2006), recorded by saxophonist Alan Durst on “Tangos y Serenatas,” available through Centaur Records; Unwinding Time (2008) for oboe and computer, performed by Krista Riggs at the International Double Reed Society 2009 conference in Birmingham, England; and Neurotica (2008) for flute and percussion trio, performed by flutist Teresa Beaman at several venues in South America and, most recently, at the 2010 National Flute Association Convention in Anaheim, CA this past August.
Kenneth recently serving as composer-in-remote-residence for the Heretic Opera of Portland, Oregon. His recently composed opera Valentine (2010) will be recorded and promoted through Heretic Opera. His second opera, Jefferson (2011), will be composed and premiered by the company in 2012-13. Other upcoming premieres include Double Helix for oboe, bassoon, and chamber ensemble (2010), composed for The Definiens Project, Braindance (2011) for the Fresno State Wind Orchestra, and Fanfare for the Unchained Mind (2011) for the Youth Orchestras of Fresno 60th Anniversary Celebration. Kenneth also recently participated in a week-long residency at Cornell University from October 12th through 18th, 2010, as part of Meet the Composer’s Music Alive: New Partnerships residency program. His orchestral work Pulse Mutations (2004) was performed as part of this residency.
Kenneth received both his Doctorate of Music and Masters of Music degrees from Indiana University. For outstanding undergraduate work at the University of Southern California in 1999, he was presented with the Hans J. Salter Award for Composition. His principal composition teachers include Claude Baker, Don Freund, Sven-David Sandstr?m, Eugene O’Brien, Donald Crocket, Frederick Lesemann, Morten Lauridsen, and Erica Muhl.
Kenneth currently resides in Fresno, CA with his wife Jennifer and daughter Katerina, where he is Assistant Professor in Music Composition at California State University, Fresno and director of the Fresno New Music Festival. He previously taught at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, TN.
Kenneth’s percussion ensemble work Accidental Migration is available through C. Alan Publications, and his concert band work Tock is available through Wingert-Jones Publications. Additional scores are available through JOMAR Press and his website at www.kennethfroelich.com.