Frederick Bayani Mabalot is a composer and choral conductor from Southern California. He is now in the final stages of completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting (currently A.B.D. status - All but dissertation) from the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle with Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers. During his two year residency at UW, Frederick taught Glee Choir, Recital Choir, and Chamber Singers. Service and transformative connections through music are at the very core of his teaching style and performance approach.
Frederick is a graduate of The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and California State University. He is classically trained in piano and voice and received several years of instruction as a choral and orchestral conductor before his doctoral studies.
He completed initial composition studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia, where he graduated with First Class Honours. At Sydney Conservatorium, Frederick studied composition with Dr. Michael Smetanin, Dr. Matthew Hindson, and Dr. Paul Stanhope. In addition to composition, he studied voice with soprano Anke Höppner. He was mentored in choral conducting by Dr. Neil McEwan, who also became a foremost advocate of his choral music. Frederick completed graduate studies in composition at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with internationally renowned Danish composers Hans Abrahamsen, Niels Rosing-Schow, and Jeppe Just Christensen as his mentors. He continued classical voice study with Helene Gjerris and Jan Lund and conducting with Maestro Jørgen Fuglebaek. Frederick holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from California State University in Northridge. He studied voice with Dr. David Scott, and piano with Charles Fierro and Dr. Jeanine Jacobson. While at California State University, Frederick studied choral conducting with Paul Smith, and orchestral conducting with Gary Pratt. Frederick is currently the Director of Music and Liturgy at Church of the Assumption, and the Artistic Director and Conductor for Bellingham Chamber Chorale in Washington state.
There have been performances of Frederick's music in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Philippines, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A revised version of his "Stabat Mater," an oratorio- chamber opera premiered at the Copenhagen's Pulsar Music Festival, will be performed in 2020. Performances of his song cycles for soprano and chamber ensemble both in the United States and Europe are also in the works for 2020. The Bellingham Chamber Chorale will give the world-premiere performance of his new work "Incarnations" for choir, soprano soloists, and orchestra in their Spring 2020 concert.
Frederick is a member of USA's ASCAP and Denmark's KODA.
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