Frederick Volz

  • Frederick Volz


    Crane School of Music, Bachelor of Arts: Music Education Major, Music Composition MinorGPA: 3.99

    Degree: May 2017

    Orchestra Track: Violinist
    Principal Instructors: Violin – John Lindsey and Liesl Schoenberger Doty; Composition – Jerod Sommerfeldt
    and Gregory Wanamaker


    New York State Initial Certification – May 2017

    Teaching and Related Experience

    Student Teacher, Patchogue-Medford School District 9/2016 10/2016

    Barton and Canaan Elementary Schools
    Taught General Music grades 1-5 5 sections a day for 40 minutes per class
    Taught 4-5th
    grade Chorus met before school for interested students
    Attended all professional development meetings for building teachers and the Music Department, including
    IEP meetings called by the CSE

    Student Teacher, Northport/East-Northport UFSD 10/2016 12/2016

    Northport Middle School and Ocean Ave Elementary School
    Taught 7-8th
    grade orchestra ran 40 minute rehearsals twice a week, taught 5 string lessons for 40 mins each
    (Monday, Thursday, Friday), conducted a piece in Middle School concert
    Taught 4-5th
    grade orchestra ran 40 minute rehearsal once a week (Wednesday), taught 30 min string
    lessons (Tuesday, Wednesday)
    Assisted with sound for Elementary School Play (The Jungle Book), and for Middle School Variety Show

    National String Project, Instructor/Intern The Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY 09/2015-12/2015

    Taught beginning violin and cello, in private and small group settings
    Teach and conduct advanced student orchestra 01/2017 – Present

    General Music Practicum St. Mary’s Catholic School, Potsdam, NY 09/2015-12/2015

    Taught Kindergarten general music, curriculum focused on “Music in Me and All Around Me”

    Counselor and Head Librarian Luzerne Music Center, Lake Luzerne, NY 06/2016-08/2016

    Supervised campers and ran recreational activities in addition to performing tasks that were essential for the
    camp’s operation
    Created and organized parts needed for the weekly operation of orchestra rehearsals
    Managed the orchestra and made announcements regarding orchestra activities

    Head Orchestra Librarian Crane Symphony Orchestra 09/2014-Present

    Renovated inventory system for Crane Symphony Orchestra’s library
    Marked, copied, and distributed music to orchestra personnel for each concert cycle
    Coordinated tours, set up rehearsals, and worked closely with the CSO conductor to ensure smooth daily
    operation of the library and the orchestra

    Performing Experience

    Crane Symphony Orchestra Potsdam, NY 09/2013 – Present

    Sat as section leader for Second Violins for three semesters and sat as Asst. Concertmaster for Gala concert in
    Spring 2015
    Performed at NYSSMA Winter Conference in December 2014
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    Performed at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2016

    D.I.N. Ensemble Potsdam, NY 01/2015 – Present

    Founding member of improvised, electro-acoustic ensemble with Crane professor Jerod Sommerfeldt
    Created an improvised soundtrack to the silent film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc” by Carl Theodor Dreyer
    Frequently plays at local venues in Potsdam

    Orchestra of Northern New York, Second Violinist Potsdam, NY 03/2015 10/2015

    Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Smithtown, NY 09/2011 05/2013

    Sat as concertmaster for 20th
    anniversary gala concert at Carnegie Hall

    Professional Activities

    Member of NAfME / NYSSMA since Fall 2013

    Collegiate Chapter #3 of NAfME at SUNY Potsdam (Fall 2013 Present)

    Served on the Executive Board as
    Publicist (2014-2015) and President (2015-2016). Active member of the chapter since Fall 2013.

    Attended the NYSSMA Winter Conference (December 2015 & December 2016)


    Students on the Autism Spectrum in the Large Ensemble Setting” [M.S. Reed and S. Fischer-Croneis
    clinicians], session presented at the annual meeting of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA),
    Rochester Convention Center, Rochester, NY. December 3, 2016.

    Attended NYSSMA Biennial Collegiate Conference at Houghton College (Spring 2016)

    NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit / Hill Day (Summer 2014-2016)

    Advocated for music education with the
    NAfME Advocacy team as well as NYSSMA executives each Summer from 2014-2016. Worked closely with
    NYSSMA executives to advocate for music education reform such as the inclusion of music as a core academic
    subject in ESSA. Received leadership training at the NAfME Headquarters in Reston, VA.

    SCMEA Professional Development Day at Nesaquake Middle School (November 2016)

    attended professional
    development day while student teaching in Northport/East-Northport UFSD.


    Facility in composing electronic and acoustic music
    Experience with Sibelius, Ableton Live, SoundTrap, GarageBand, Max, PureData, RTCmix and Reason.
    Sin Eater (2016) – co-composed soundtrack to short, animated film
    2 (2016), Vermillion for violin and electronics (2016), Mountain for symphonic band (2016), Joan of Arc (album,
    2015), Variate (album, 2014)

    Honors & Awards

    General Honors Program at SUNY Potsdam
    Member of Phi Eta Sigma (2014) and Phi Kappa Phi (2016) Honor Societies
    Recipient of Lucille B. Jackson ’51 Freshman Scholarship, William and Carolyn Clark Outstanding Future
    Teacher Scholarship, and Elizabeth Panzer Shulman Award
    Departmental Scholars in Music Education (2016, 2017)
    Collegiate NYSSMA Conference Scholarship, awarded to collegiate chapter members in good standing.
    December 2016
    Awarded President’s List for academics every semester



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