Craig Fraedrich

Adjunct Associate Professor, Jazz Trumpet


Armstrong 18-D


Faculty Member since 1989

More so than anywhere I have been, students at the Shenandoah Conservatory seem to find where their passions in music lead to a career.

Applied Area(s)

Jazz Trumpet, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Theory, Jaz


The Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos


B.M., North Texas State University; M.M., Arizona State University

Professional Highlights

  • Craig Fraedrich endorses and performs on P. Mauriat trumpets and an Adams Custom Series Gold Brass Heavy Model Flugelhorn
  • Yes there is good jazz in Virginia; no, New York has no corner on the good players. Craig Fraedrich and his compatriots are case in point." (JAZZTIMES) The current conductor of the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, Craig Fraedrich, is a fixture in east coast jazz scene. He has played for 27 years as jazz trumpet soloist with one of the premier full-time jazz ensembles in Washington DC while contributing over 60 compositions and arrangements to the band's library. He has released 11 compact discs as leader while performing on dozens of others as a sideman. His 1992 release So In Love (with Dave Liebman) reached #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Craig has an extensive list of performance credits including the Dave Liebman Big Band, as guest jazz soloist with the Brass Band of Battle featuring Wycliff Gordon and the Ramsey Lewis Kennedy Center presentation of Proclamation of Hope. He has served on the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory since 1989 teaching Jazz Improvisation, Arranging, Jazz Theory, coaching Combos and directing the Jazz Ensemble.
  • Active as a composer, arranger, clinician and adjudicator.
  • Teachers have include Rich Mattson, Dan Haerle, Don Jacoby, Leonard Candelaria, Dennis Najoom, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler and Chuck Marohnic.
Personal Highlights

Highlights have included leading the Conservatory Jazz Ensemble on trips to Ireland and Senegal, and presenting concerts to benefit 25:40, a charity dedicated to helping orphans and other children affected by AIDS in South Africa

Craig Fraedrich Music
Craig Fraedrich's website features recordings and educational materials for download

25:40 One Child At A Time
Saving South Africa's orphans from AIDS, poverty and violence.