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Steve Freides
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Music Teacher, Conductor, Organist

Steve Freides

Former Mannes College Theory Faculty, Male, from Ridgewood, NJ

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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Occupation:
    Music Teacher, Conductor, Organist
    Current Setup:
    Double Basses:

    Carved Juzek (~1925)

    Bows: Tom Owen, French

    Other:
    Acoustic Image Ten2 combo amp
    GK 200MB combo amp
    Phil Jones Double Four compact combo amp
    Favorite Genres:
    Everything - grew up playing jazz guitar, college as a classical guitarist, then a singer, then a choral conductor, and I like jazz and classical and everything in between.
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Conductor, Beth Zion - Beth Israel, Philly, for the High Holy Days

    Organist and Music Director, Bergen Highlands UM Church, Upper Saddle River, NJ

    Ridgewood High School Jamboree (see http://rhsjamboree.org)

    Various concerts in schools accompanying projects of my wife
    G.A.S. List:
    A nice, professional-level, orchestral bass. I just got a Juzek, which is almost but not quite what I need.
    Influences and Teachers:
    My good friend, Sue Williams
    Jeremy McCoy, my current teacher and Assistant Principal at the Met.
    Hobbies and Interests:
    I am a Senior Instructor at StrongFirst (http://strongfirst.com)
    I am a competitive powerlifter, specializing in the deadlift, in the old, skinny guy class.
    Available for Instruction?:
    • Bass Guitar Instruction
    • Double Bass Instruction
    Teaching Credentials:
    Theory Faculty at Mannes College of Music in NYC for 10 years. Masters from Mannes College, DMA from SUNY Stony Brook. Private teacher since 1971.
    I give music lessons in our living room for most of my living, teaching double bass, electric bass, guitar in all styles (grew up playing jazz, majored in classical guitar at college), piano, trumpet and French Horn.

    I arrange, and accompany for my wife, Bronwen Eastwood, in her position as drama and music teacher.

    For the Jewish High Holy Days, I was director of choir, an a capella octet, from 1979 to 2015, at Temple Sinai in Dresher, PA, near where I grew up. I'm currently at Beth Zion - Beth Israel in downtown Philadelphia.

    I am Organist and Music Director at Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church in Upper Saddle River, NJ.

    I served on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in NYC for 10 years in all three of its divisions: College, Extension, and Preparatory.

    Since 2011, I have been volunteer arranger and band director for Ridgewood Jamboree, a big, annual, charity musical review put on by parents of Ridgewood High School students that raises about $100,000 of scholarship funds each year.

    Since 2013, I take private double bass lessons from Jeremy McCoy, assistant principal at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC.

    In addition to my musical activities, a near-crippling back injury in 1997 introduced me to the world of strength, and I am currently a Senior Instructor at StrongFirst, where I teach at instructor certification training several times a year. I also see private students of strength in our home on a limited basis.
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