Kenneth Froelich

Dr. Kenneth FroelichDOB: September 22, 1977 (Chester, PA)

Described as “energetic, exciting, and rhythmically dynamic” and “set with imagination and imagery,” composer Kenneth Froelich’s music has been performed internationally in England, Germany, Italy, France, Slovenia, Finland, Canada, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and China, as well as numerous major cities across the United States. He has been honored with awards from ASCAP, the National Association of Composers/USA, Meet the Composer, the Percussive Arts Society, the American Composers Forum, and the Society of Composers Inc.

Kenneth’s works have been presented by CMASH, the American Composers Orchestra, Duo46, Earplay, the Empyrean Ensemble, the California E.A.R Unit, the Jolles Duo, the Indianapolis Symphonic Orchestra, Conundrum, the University of New Mexico Percussion Ensemble, Heretic Opera, the University of Southern California Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, and the Orpheus Ensemble of Fresno, among others. 

Some of his more recent works include Finite Differences (2016), a set of chamber songs on the life of Ada Lovelace, premiered by soprano Ann Moss and the Hausmann String Quartet; In My Mind’s Eye (2016), by tenor Constantine Pappas; and Polarized (2017), composed for Los Angeles chamber ensemble Trio Accento. Most recently, his wind ensemble work Break (2016) was premiered by the Central High School Wind Ensemble at the 2019 CASMEC conference. Upcoming premieres in Kenneth’s two-act opera State of Jefferson (2016-18), which will be premiered by the Fresno State Opera Theater in January of 2019, and Big Red Button (2019), to be premiered by the Fresno Unified Clarinet Quartet.

Kenneth received both his Doctorate of Music and Masters of Music degrees from Indiana University, and received his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1999.  His principal composition teachers include Claude Baker, Don Freund, Sven-David Sandstrőm, Eugene O’Brien, Donald Crocket, Frederick Lesemann, Morten Lauridsen, and Erica Muhl.

Kenneth resides in Fresno,CA with his wife Jennifer and daughter Katerina, where he is a Professor in Music Composition at California State University, He previously taught at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, Tennessee.