Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Associate Music Director
Musician Jane Gayle Frey, Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Associate Music Director, Director of Suzuki Strings, and Beginning Strings ensembles, has served the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra (formerly known as the San Diego Young Artists Symphony) for six years.
She is a multi-level SAA registered Suzuki Violin teacher with an Early Childhood Credential in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy and over 30 years of teaching experience.
An active professional musician, Ms. Frey has held numerous posts with distinguished orchestras, including serving as a member of the string section with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra and the Dallas Ballet Orchestra. She has performed with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony. Ms. Frey began her professional career as Principal Violist of the Baylor Symphony (Texas), and also played professionally in the Waco Symphony’s (Texas) viola section.
As a touring artist, Ms. Frey has toured with top stars including Andrea Bocelli, Linda Ronstadt, and James Taylor. She also recorded an album with YES.
As an educator, prior to her current post as MMYO Associate Director, Jane Frey was a member of the faculty of San Diego State University’s Suzuki String Program for twelve years. She served as Master Teacher for the Point Loma Nazarene University String Project for five years where she also served as Professor of Viola. In addition to her work at MMYO/YAS, Ms. Frey maintains a private studio, works as a substitute in the San Diego Symphony and works regularly as a studio musician in the recording and motion picture industry in Southern California.
Jane Frey began her music studies at age 5 in Houston, Texas, where she studied with Harold Clyde Hess and Wayne Crouse, Houston Symphony Principal Violist and Professor of Viola at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. By age 15, she was playing, teaching and writing music professionally. A four-year member of the Texas All-State Symphony viola section, Ms. Frey also served as a Principal Violist in the Houston Youth Symphony. She holds a degree in Music Theory with a Double Concentration in Viola Performance and Piano Performance from Baylor University, where she studied piano with Dr. David Albee and served as Teaching Assistant to Dr. Julia Hardie, Professor of Viola. Postgraduate study in Viola Performance continued with Ellen Rose, Dallas Symphony Principal Violist and with Jeff Irvine.