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DON FREDRICKSON bio

DONALD FREDRICKSON



For over thirty years, pianist Donald Fredrickson has been a member of the faculty and staffs of El Camino and Santa Monica Colleges, where he has accompanied Music Theatre and Opera productions and workshops, choral activities, voice classes, and Applied Music Forums.  At these schools he has accompanied performances and master classes with Roberta Peters, Sherrill Milnes, Eddie Daniels, John Aler,  Richard Stolzman, John Raitt, Carol Neblett, the Ahn Trio, Natalie Limonick, Marni Nixon, Peter Schickle (P.D.Q. Bach), Gary Gray, Nora Chiang, 2005 Metropolitan National Council Audition winner Rodell Rosel, International Pavarotti Competition winner Timothy Blevins, and Ms. Senior America Patti Gallagher.

 Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “secure and supportive piano accompaniment,” Mr. Fredrickson was also honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his contribution to the Santa Monica College Opera Theatre’s production of “Faust,” the video of which was awarded five Emmy awards.

 A graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. Fredrickson additionally holds two degrees in Piano Accompaniment from the School of Music, USC, where he studied with the legendary Heifetz accompanist, Brooks Smith.  Other teachers at USC included Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Malcolm Hamilton, and Natalie Limonick.

 A frequent recitalist in the South Bay, Mr. Fredrickson has accompanied the L. A. Master Chorale, the Welsh Choir of So. California, the  South Bay Opera, and has appeared at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Dartmouth College, Cobo Hall in Detroit,  Cape Cod Conservatory, Gammage Theatre in Tempe, AZ, Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University, Norris Theatre in Palos Verdes, the Pompeian Room at Los Angeles’ Doheny Mansion, Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A., the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, and the Aspen and Bear Valley Music Festivals.  He has been a church organist for some 30 years—most recently as Associate Organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal and Covenant Presbyterian Churches in Long Beach--and has appeared as guest organist at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral and  the San Gabriel Mission, and performed in Scotland as organist at  St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness,  and St. Magnus Episcopal Church, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, and, in Michigan, at the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids. In England, he performed on four virginals and harpsichords at Fenton house, Hampstead Heath, London, and on piano at Polesden Lacey (Surrey) and Hyde Close, Barnet (Herts.).  Other international performances include France (Segaux Institute, Paris),  Canada (Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, BC), Egypt (Luxor), and India (New Delhi/Gurgaon)

 For many years he accompanied the West Coast workshops of Brent Wagner, Chairman of  the Department of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, and regularly supported Palos Verdes’ two premier string studios, those of cellist Dorothy Muggeridge and violinist Gail Gerding Mellert.  He has also been also a violinist and harpsichordist in the Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra.

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