UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The UWRF Women's Choir is a group of mostly non-music majors who come together to make fine music, make friends, network, and have a great time. This non-auditioned group is open to any female on campus who would like to sing regardless of experience. There is always room for one more singer! The choir performs a minimum of three concerts per year: Homecoming, Holiday, and Spring and rehearses two days per week on Monday and Wednesday at noon in the choir room on the main floor in the KFA. Visitors are welcome to come and sit in on a rehearsal and enjoy the music-making. Students are welcome to become members and to make a musical contribution to this wonderful group of singing ladies!
Deborah Fristad is an associate lecturer in the Music Department at UW-River Falls where she conducts the Women's Chorus, University Community Chorus, and teaches vocal courses for music education majors.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. and a Master of Arts in Music degree from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
Her teaching career includes vocal, instrumental, and classroom experience at the elementary and secondary levels in Minnesota, Ohio, California, Michigan, and Wisconsin, plus international teaching experience at The Islington Green School in London, England, and International School Dusseldorf, Germany.
Her most recent position in Michigan was as the director of choirs at Lake Orion High School where she also assisted with instrumental music instruction, and taught Exploring Popular Music. She co-directed 15 musicals and served as department chair for the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Her choirs and soloists consistently received top ratings from state and national adjudicators at festivals. Her Michigan colleagues nominated her to conduct the Michigan State Honor Choir for Grades 7-8-9 in January 2013. She also has extensive experience as a piano accompanist for choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists.
Over the past 15 years she has served on the boards of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, and the American Choral Directors Association - Michigan where she recently served as president.
Fristad was named Outstanding Educator at Ursuline High School, Santa Rosa, Calif. in 1996, Teacher of the Year at Lake Orion High School in 2005, and nominated for Oakland County, Mich. Teacher of the Year in 2005.