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Randall Frye

K-State graduation year: May 2014 
Degree: Undergraduate Bachelor of Science, Music Education – Indiana University of Pennsylvania  December 2011
Other degree received: Graduate Master of Music, Vocal Performance – Kansas State University May 2014
Current employer: USD497 –Lawrence High School
Position: Assistant Choir Director 

Describe the process of choosing your major.

I always knew I wanted to do music, but choosing to study voice instead of piano was unexpected.  I had way more fun singing than I did just playing piano.

What activities/organizations were you involved in while in college?
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
  • Delta Omicron 
  • Religious Studies Department
Describe the process of finding your first job.

I scoured websites and found this job posting on the KCDA webpage.  I contacted the head of the choral program directly and talked about the job, ramifications and responsibilities.

Briefly describe a typical day at your job.

I teach 9-12 chorus.  We have 6 choirs at LHS, and I work with all of them either as the director or accompanist. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love working with students who are excited to learn about music.  Lawrence is a very strong supporting community for the arts and that is evident in the programs throughout the school district.  I enjoy working with my colleagues and administrators as well. 

What are the most challenging aspects of your job?

The most challenging aspects of this job is schedule balancing and classroom control of class sizes 40+. 

What advice would you give someone interested in your field?

I would recommend getting up in front of groups and lecture, teach or perform to help one get used to being in front of ensembles this size. Confidence goes along way too!

What were the stepping stones that led to your current career?

I was fortunate to have amazing instructors along the path of my life molding me into a musician and future educator.

Has your career path taken any unconventional turns that you never would have expected?

I never thought I would end up living in Kansas full time. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, so Kansas was a pretty drastic turn in my life, and I couldn’t be happier.

What was the one thing you did in college that has had the most impact on your life or career?

Studying with as many faculty as possible and also taking coursework outside of my field of expertise!

What tips do you have for current undergrads about opportunities they should definitely take advantage of while they are in school?

Do as much as you can without overstretching yourself.  Join a step team, sing in a choir, pull out your viola from eighth grade and join a community group. Just get out and live life. There are myriad opportunities out there, one just needs to find them.

Was there a specific person in college who had a significant impact on your life or career?

Julie Yu and Reginald Pittman, both music faculty at K-State, shaped me both as a musician and as a person.  These two people are some of the best musicians I’ve ever met and definitely two of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.  Because of their passion, love and desire for music and teaching, I was able to become more passionate about music, and also found models on how to be an incredible person with integrity.

What didn't college teach you that you wish you would have known before you started your career?

Most administrative things aren’t covered because they vary so much depending on where one works.  Administratively I feel the most behind, but I am in a position that allows for constant improvement, self/peer reflection and tutelage from my mentor to help me in this aspect.

Do you keep in touch with your college classmates? How have those relationships influenced your career?

Yes! I use these resources all the time.  Whether I use them for research questions, performance evaluations or just in comparison between the programs I’m active and the programs they’re active in, I constantly use my classmates as a resource.