Don Freund Headshot Hello and wel­come to the offi­cial Don Fre­und web­site. As a com­poser Don Fre­und is inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for his works rang­ing from solo, cham­ber, and orches­tral music to pieces involv­ing live per­for­mances with elec­tronic instru­ments, music for dance, as well as large the­ater works. He is also active as a pianist, con­duc­tor, and lec­turer. And as a fes­ti­val coor­di­na­tor, he has pro­grammed over 1,000 new Amer­i­can works. Along with his var­i­ous artis­tic activ­i­ties, Don Fre­und has taught com­po­si­tion for over 40 years and is cur­rently a  pro­fes­sor of com­po­si­tion at the Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity Jacobs School of Music.


Nov. 24 (2014)
Soft Cells, Uni­ver­sity of Texas New Music Ensem­ble, Dan Welcher, con­duct­ing. Austin TX. Will be broad­cast Jan 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm on Sat­ur­day evening on KMFA (89.5), or if you’re away from Austin or want to share info with friends, they can hear it at the same hour (Cen­tral Time) by going to and click­ing on “listen”.


Jan. 18:
Piano Recital: all the F-sharps and G’s from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2 (8 Pre­ludes and Fugues). Don Fre­und, piano, Auer Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity, Bloom­ing­ton, IN.

Dur­ing the recital Don will be giv­ing some brief intro­duc­tions to the 8 Well-Tempered Clavier pre­ludes and fugues. If you would like to learn more in-depth com­po­si­tion lessons from a few of these incred­i­ble pieces you are wel­come to come the Thurs­day 9 — 10 pm mas­ter class in room M344 (Simon Music Build­ing, IU Campus).

For more com­po­si­tion lessons cen­tered on Bach’s Pre­ludes and Fugues check out Don’s Com­po­si­tion Lessons with JS Bach” YouTube playlist. 

Jan. 29:
Mixed Blood per­formed by “What Is Noise” on the open­ing con­cert of Florida State’s Fes­ti­val of New Music, Tal­la­has­see, FL.

Feb. 21:
Fac­ulty Com­po­si­tion Recital at the IU Jacobs School includes pre­mieres of Hear­ing in 3V for 3 vio­lins and Songs with Words (lyrics by Steve Pol­lett), as well as Stephen Brew’s per­for­mance of Stir­rings for solo gui­tar, and a fac­ulty sin­foni­etta ensem­ble per­form­ing Quilt Hori­zon with video. Auer Hall, Bloom­ing­ton, IN.

March 1:
Mixed Blood per­formed by Ensemble/Concept 21, Jorge Muñiz, direc­tor, South Bend, IN.

March 7:
Earth­dance Con­certo per­formed by the Lawrence Uni­ver­sity Wind Ensem­ble, Nicholas Towns, solo piano, Apple­ton, WI

March 26:
Jug Blues & Fat Pickin’, Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity Jacobs School Wind Ensem­ble, Stephen Pratt. con­duct­ing, CBDNA, Scher­mer­horn Sym­phony Cen­ter, Nashville, TN.

March 28:
Mixed Blood, Crunch Time and Hard Cells per­formed by the CIM New Music Ensem­ble, Keith Fitch, direc­tor, Cleve­land Insti­tute of Music, Cleve­land, OH.


The pre­miere of “Use Your Inside Voice” by the IU New Music Ensem­ble, David Dzubay con­duct­ing, has been posted on YouTube, and there are 3 ways of look­ing at/ lis­ten­ing to it. It’s a great per­for­mance with some intrigu­ing video options!

A 5-camera per­for­mance video:

The same per­for­mance video with scrolling score:

Scrolling score only with audio (best audio, from an edited record­ing session):