B.M., Nebraska Wesleyan University
Donald Callen Freed, Professor of Voice and Choral Music at Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas, previously served as Instructor of Music at Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska, as Visiting Instructor of Voice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Instructor of Vocal Music at Peru (Nebraska) State College. He holds the Ph.D. in vocal pedagogy and choral music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the M.M. in voice from UN-L, and the B.M. in vocal music education from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln. Additional studies were at the University of Iowa, Roosevelt University and Oberlin College, in music history and vocal and choral pedagogy.
Dr. Freed's voice teachers have included Donna Harler-Smith, Lynn Wickham, Thomas Houser and Ruth O. Stephenson. He was selected as one of twelve participants for the first National Association of Teachers of Singing intern program in 1991, its inaugural year, where he studied vocal pedagogy with the late Barbara Doscher. He also has sung in several master classes with noted voice pedagogue Richard Miller of the Oberlin College Conservatory, and also gives performances of his own art songs.
Dr. Freed is a published choral composer with Moon of Hope Publishing, Yelton Rhodes Music, Tetra/Continuo and Coronet/Theodore Presser and received ASCAP composition awards every year from 2001 through 2014. His articles have appeared in Choral Journal, for which he is a regular reviewer of books and music; The NATS Journal; and the Journal of Singing. He has presented papers, original voice and choral compositions, sessions and lecture recitals at The College Music Society Great Plains Chapter and South Central Chapter; the National Association of Teachers of Singing; the Fourth International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, VSA Arts; and the Nebraska and Texas Music Educators Associations.
In addition to teaching at Sul Ross, he operates a private studio. A stroke survivor, he is a member of VSA Arts and interested in issues involving vocal rehabilitation and disability.