Becca Frederick currently attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is working on her masters degree in Horn Performance and Literature and serves as a graduate teaching assistant with the athletic bands. Becca earned her Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from the University of Iowa in the spring of 2020, where she studied with Professor Jeffrey Agrell. At the University of Iowa, Becca was the recipient of the Old Gold Academic Scholarship, the P.A. Music Scholarship, the Future Educator Award, and Iowa’s Hispanic Heritage Scholarship.
After many years of observing career-ending hearing loss, Becca has recently taken a special interest in studying hearing conservation in professional musicians as well as finding a way to provide the deaf and hard of hearing community with a new way to enjoy musical performances.
During her time as a Hawkeye, Becca performed with numerous ensembles including Iowa’s Symphony Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Choir, Horn Choir, The Brassphemy Horn Quartet, The A.W. Brass Trio, and The Traux Quintet, as well as staying active as a soloist and a sought-after hire throughout the community. The Traux Quintet was selected and featured at the 2018 IBQ concert. Outside of performing on horn, Becca was the conductor of the Linn St. Band and a co-director of the local New Horizons Band for two years.
Becca was actively involved in the University of Iowa’s Hawkeye Marching Band for all four years, marching mellophone while simultaneously having a role on the band’s staff. She served as the Head Librarian, and was responsible for the timely distribution, organization, and collection of drill and music for all concert and athletic bands. She also worked hand-in-hand with the Band Manager to oversee the members of the Work Crew, manage their weekly hours, provide day-to-day logistical support to the band department, and many other duties as assigned. One of her biggest projects as Head Librarian was converting the entire band library into a new, electronic database during the summer of 2017.
In addition to playing horn, Becca is also an avid arranger. She studied both arranging and conducting with Dr. Eric Bush while obtaining her undergraduate degree. Becca’s arrangements have been performed by musicians far and wide, including The Hawkeye Marching Band, Iowa’s Horn Choir, The A.W. Trio, the New Horizons Band, Blue Devil Brass, Chris Castellanos of the Boston Brass, and many other musicians across the world via virtual performances during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Becca’s free time, she volunteered at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital where she worked in the PICU throughout her time in undergrad. She was able to coordinate special music performances for the children and families staying there, as well as create a unique bond with the patients.
Over the past few summers, Becca has participated in the Puerto Rico Summer Music Festival where she was principal horn, the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, and Invested Musician’s Summer MasterCourse where she has had the pleasure to study closely with Rupal and Andrew Bain, principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Becca has been on staff for the Iowa Summer Music Camps, the Bands of America Summer Symposium, and volunteered her time to the International Trombone Festival and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference. Becca’s favorite summer memory is having the opportunity to sing backup for Barry Manilow at the 2020 Hold the House Events.