Adjunct Professor of Music
Mr. Freas, founder and Artistic Director of Fanfare Consort, performs on clarino as soloist with many prominent period instrument ensembles throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Freas has participated in numerous festivals where he performed Bach's Brandenburg Concerto N°2 on clarino and the Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb on "keyed" (valveless) trumpet. “Freas delivers exceptionally secure playing. The clarino is a tough instrument, so just having his technique in place puts Freas ahead of many other players. Beyond that, he plays ‘musically, with...the harpsichord, and every other instrument.” [Fanfare] Thom is the first American to record Brandenburg Concerto N°2 on valveless baroque trumpet. You can hear that recording with Anthony Newman on Sony Classical and Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets on the Newport Classics label. He can also be heard on Champignon International, Classic Master, Helicon Records, Koch, Music Masters, Telarc and Vox.