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December, 21, 2023
05:45 PM - 06:45 PM




Community Concert Band


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Frederick Speck



Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

Now enjoying their eighteenth season, the musicians of Chamber Winds Louisville and the Louisville Concert Band continue to share their enthusiasm for the performance of wind music in all of its dimensions. The repertoire is diverse, with many concerts including both chamber ensembles and the full concert band. The integration of chamber music with full symphonic works brings great variety to performances and keeps listeners engaged throughout. The director, Frederick Speck, is surrounded by colleagues who are educators (both in music and other disciplines), professional performers, and other fine musicians whose professions are in non-music fields. All are drawn together because of their appreciation for the fellowship of performance and the joy of sharing it with appreciative audiences. In addition to regular season concerts, the ensemble has performed at Kentucky Music Educators Association Conferences in 2012, 2017 and 2023, as well as the 2013 Midwest Clinic.

Louisville Concert Band

Conductor's Bio

Frederick Speck, Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Louisville, directs the Wind Symphony and New Music Ensemble, teaches graduate conducting, and serves as Chair for the Department of Performance Studies. In addition, he is the artistic director and conductor of Chamber Winds Louisville and the Louisville Concert Band. Under his leadership, ensembles have performed at KMEA Conferences, CBDNA Southern Division Conferences, the MENC National Conference, the CBDNA National Conference, the Midwest Clinic, the American Bandmasters Convention, the Jungfrau Music Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland, and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conferences in Killarney, Ireland, San Jose, California, and Prague, Czech Republic. As a composer his works for band, orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. The New York Times cited his work “Philomel’s Refrain,” as “vivid, driven music.” Speck’s compositions have been performed by such ensembles as the Louisville Orchestra, the Denver Symphony, the Senzoku Gakuen Wind Ensemble, Mushashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, and recorded by such artists as Richard Stoltzman, Paul York, Brett Shuster, Michael Tunnell, and the Washington Winds. Twice the recipient of the University of Louisville President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creativity, his work has also been recognized through fellowships and commissions from the Barlow Endowment, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the Indiana Arts Commission. He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and Past President of the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division. Speck earned the BM and MM from Bowling Green State University and the DMA from the University of Maryland.