Fredrick Umar, Ed.D.
Department Chair/Assistant Professor
Ed.D. in Education (Music) – La Sierra University
D.M.A in Performance: Conducting (ABD) – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
M.M. in Performance: Conducting – Azusa Pacific University
M.A. in Counseling Psychology – La Sierra University
M.A. in Education (Music) – La Sierra University
B.A. in Instrumental/Vocal Performance – La Sierra University
Chair of the Department of Music at Waldorf University, Frederick studied piano with international performing artist Linda Juerle and composition with Rudolph R. A. Schramm, cofounder of the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. Continued studies included applied voice with notable teachers Michael Kirkjian and Harold Clousing; trombone with recording artist Richard Hoffman; conducting with David Thorsen, Barbara Favorito, Grant Gershon, Donovan Gray, Gary Bonner (Azusa Pacific University; the Gary Bonner Singers), Jerry McCoy (University of North Texas), Rene Clausen (Concordia University), Andre’ Thomas (Florida State University), and Takayoshi ‘Tad’ Suzuki (the TAD Wind Symphony, Japan); arranging and composition with Donald Neufeld (Azusa Pacific University), David Headlam (Eastman School of Music), Alice Parker, and Takayoshi ‘Tad’ Suzuki.
As a performer, Frederick has recorded and toured as a solo vocal/instrumental artist, as a
member of the Gary Bonner Singers and as a composer/arranger for both high school and collegiate ensembles around the country. By 2001, his arrangements were so well-received that he was invited to write the choral arrangements for Lillie Knauls of the Gaither Homecoming Series. In 2012, Z. Randal Stroope commended Frederick for ‘some of the finest writing for wind band’ in response to his transcription of AMOR DE MI ALMA. Subsequent critiques celebrated the way Frederick developed rich and complex tonal colours into elegant, almost orchestral expressions of the literature. Most notable are his recent wind band arrangements of choral settings, including: MY FLIGHT FOR HEAVEN (Blake R. Henson, Imagine Music Publishers) – dedicated to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn. – WHAT SWEETER MUSIC (Sir John Rutter, Oxford University Press, Imagine Music Publishers); O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM (Kevin A. Memley, Imagine Music Publishers), O NATA LUX (orchestral, Guy Forbes, Hal Leonard Publishing); THERE IS NO ROSE OF SUCH VIRTUE (Kevin A. Memley, Pavane Publishing, Inc.); SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER (Dan Goeller, Word Music, Inc., Imagine Music Publishing); O VOS OMNES (Richard Burchard, Pavane Publishing, Inc.); and, WHEN THE SUN COMES AFTER RAIN (Matthew Emery, Pavane Publishing, Inc.).
In 2015, research of Alexander Glazunov and his transcription of the work Triumphal March,
Op. 40, which features the first documented orchestration of the BATTLE HYMN OF THE
REPUBLIC found in the United States, awarded Frederick a ‘position of distinction’ and invitation as a keynote speaker at St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia). To date, he continues research for Boosey & Hawkes and the Aaron Copland Trust that includes some 800-pages of original manuscript and the recovery of an early work from the salon teachings of Nadia Boulanger, heavily influenced by Igor Stravinsky. In 2017, Frederick completed a Doctorate of Education (Music) degree at La Sierra University, with continued education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in conducting performance, and the Eastman School of Music in theory, composition and arranging. His dissertation- An Evaluation of the Ostling Research Design for Establishing a Repertoire of Serious Artistic Merit, published in 2017-addresses the varied attitudes toward artistic merit in determinations of core repertoire for the wind band. He is currently engaged in a two-year project to revive some fifty (50) hymns into new arrangements for wind band, and has been invited to study choral composition with Alice Parker. Frederick is published in the catalogs of Dan Goeller Music, TRN, Hal Leonard, Imagine Publishing, Oxford University Press, Boosey & Hawkes and Word Music. In 2018, he will be added to the catalogs of Veritas Musica Publishing and Santa Barbara Publishing.