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Umar, Frederick

A student of piano since the age of 4, Frederick was given the honor of first studying composition with Rudolph R. A. Schramm, notable composer, arranger, and co-founder of the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. Continued studies included applied voice, trombone, conducting, arranging, and composition under the tutelage of such notable teachers as: Michael Kirkjian, Harold Clousing (voice), David Thorsen, Barbara Favorito, Grant Gershon, Donovan Gray, Gary Bonner, Jerry McCoy, Rene Clausen, Andre' Thomas, Thomas Leslie, Takayoshi 'Tad' Suzuki (conducting), Richard Hoffman (trombone), Don Neufeld, and Takayoshi 'Tad' Suzuki (composition, arranging). He will complete a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in May of 2014.

Frederick is currently an active member of the College Band Directors' National Association (CBDNA), the American Choral Directors' Association (ACDA), and a recipient of honor with Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Golden Key International Honor Society.

As a composer and arranger, Frederick is known for creating rich tonal textures through the use of tonal colour (the harmonic sound created when two or more instruments sound together). This gives the wind band an elegant, almost orchestral expression in his works. Most notable of these works are his recent arrangements of choral works (set to be released during 2013-2014): AMOR DE MI ALMA (Z. Randall Stroope), MY FLIGHT FOR HEAVEN (Blake R. Henson), which has been dedicated to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, CT, WHAT SWEETER MUSIC (Sir John Rutter), O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM (Kevin A. Memley'), O NATA LUX (orchestral, Guy Forbes), THERE IS NO ROSE OF SUCH VIRTUE (Kevin A. Memley'), WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS (wind band, Mark Hayes), and SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER (Dan Goeller). New compositions for 2013-2014 include: IT IS WELL (with James Na, written in memory of James Wilson, Mechanicsville High School, PA), an unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1, and the choral work WILL YOU SLEEP IN MY SORROW.

For more information, visit www.frederickumar.com

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    DEDICATION In the fall of 2009, I had the honor to study conducting, orchestration, and arranging under Takayoshi ‘Tad’ Suzuki - principal conductor of the TAD Wind Symphony (Japan) – when he was a member...
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