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.
The Summit Brass recently presented the professional premiere of Don Freund’s brass ensemble work Aftertunes (…the following episodes) on their 30th Anniversary Concert July 18 in Gates Concert Hall in Denver.
Don Freund had the honor of being asked to write the commissioned work for the celebration of Eugene Rousseau’s Retirement Celebration at the University of Minnesota. Soprano saxophonist Julia Nolan and Freund premiered the piece Random Acts of Kindness on the final concert (Oct.3) before an international gathering of dozens of Rousseau’s students from years of teaching — some of the finest saxophonists in the world today. Earlier that day Freund joined alto saxophonist Kyle Hutchins for his stunning performance of Freund’s Sky Scrapings.
This November 12–14 Don Freund will be the featured festival composer-in-residence at the Florida Contemporary Music Festival and The School of Music at The University of Florida’s hosting of the Society of Composers, Inc. 50th Anniversary National Conference. On the program will be performances of his Fanfare of Celebration and Commemoration for six trumpets, Jug Blues & Fat Pickin’ (Symphonic Band), O Fortuna (Women’s Chorus), Jubilate Deo (chorus and organ), Hard Cells (U of Fl Symphony Orchestra) and Freund will perform on the synth in Passages for alto saxophone, horn and Casio CZ100.