Profile for Christopher Frye

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Specialty area(s)

Music Theory, Composition and Music Technology

Brief biography

Dr. Frye is Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he teaches courses in Music Theory, Aural Skills, Orchestration, Form and Analysis, and Music Technology. His compositions include orchestral, choral, instrumental chamber, keyboard and electronic and electronic/acoustic interactive works. His pieces have been performed nationally and internationally. He is currently Secretary and Treasurer for The Wisconsin Alliance for Composers a non-profit arts organization supporting new music in Wisconsin.

Current courses at UWL

Musical Elements, Theory of Music I, II and III, Aural Skills I, II and III, Orchestration, Introduction to Music Technology, Form and Analysis, Counterpoint and Composition.


BM, Capital University in Composition
MM /DMA, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in Composition with a Minor in Theory

Teaching history

I have been teaching at UWL since 1984.

Professional history

I am a professional composer and my compositions are published by Hal Leonard and Alliance Publications. I have been a professional Jazz pianist for forty years performing at festivals, concerts, clubs and private occasions. I joined the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra as pianist in 1985. I also tune pianos.

Research and publishing

I compose in a wide range styles for a variety of musical forces including choral, instrumental solo and chamber, jazz groups, electronic and interactive digital medias.  Please visit my website for more on my works.

I have also done research and presentations on musical tuning systems.