Faculty Profile

Chris Froh
Percussion

Principally committed to influencing and expanding the repertoire for solo percussion through commissions and premieres, Chris Froh is a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis.

Known for energized performances hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “tremendous” and San Francisco Classical Voice as “mesmerizing,” his solo appearances stretch from Rome to Tokyo to San Francisco.His critically acclaimed solo recordings can be heard on the Albany, Bridge, Equilibrium, and Innova labels.

A frequent collaborator with leading composers from across the globe, Froh has premiered works by dozens of composers, including John Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Liza Lim, David Lang, Keiko Abe, and Francois Paris. He tours Japan with marimbist Mayumi Hama and with his former teacher, marimba pioneer Keiko Abe. Solo festival appearances include the Festival Nuovi Spazi Musicali (Rome), the Festival of New American Music, Pacific Rim, and Other Minds. Active in music for theatre and dance, Froh has recorded scores for American Conservatory Theater, performed as a soloist with the Berkeley Repertory Theater, and composed original music for Oakland-based Dance Elixir. His score for the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s exhibition of Thoreau’s Walden: A Journey in Photography currently is touring the United States.

Equally committed to pedagogy, Froh mentors percussionists through UC Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program. He is also a faculty member at UC Davis, where he directs the Samba School and Percussion Group Davis.

Teaching Schedule

Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursdays, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Overview

Samba School
Chris Froh

Modeled after the famous baterias of Rio de Janeiro’s renowned samba schools, the UC Davis Samba School performs high-energy music of Brazil’s Carnaval for audiences throughout Northern California. The group was formed in 2004 and has since become a vibrant force in campus life, performing at festivals, fundraisers and community events across the region. A contingent of 25 drummers muscle through traditional material taken from Rio’s major samba schools as well as original music created by the group.

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