B i o g r a p h y
A native Oregonian, I was born in Salem, Oregon in 1942 and lived in the small town of Grants Pass in that state through the age of eighteen. My full name, Frederick Edward Broer III, consists of the initials FEB, which comprise a musical motive of the three pitches F-E-B that I use in many of my composition as an embedded musical signature.
Living in Oregon was followed by college in the Midwest attaining a Bachelor's Degree in piano performance and composition studies with Jack Goode. Next came two years of graduate study at Indiana University and a Master's Degree in Musicology including composition studies with Bernard Heiden. During the many following years of teaching music in several US colleges, I completed a Doctorate Degree in Music Composition at Boston University, Boston MA, where I studied composition with Joyce McKeel. Now retired from full time teaching, I continue writing music at a somewhat accelerated pace afforded by retirement. My compositional output consists of over sixty works encompassing a variety of mediums as illustrated in the following partial list of pieces.
Two Trios for Violin, Cello and Piano
Two Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Sonata for Viola and Piano
Piece for Viola, Clarinet and Piano
Eight String Quartets
Wind Quartet for Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clar.
Three Piano Sonatas
13 individual single movement pieces for piano
Four Excursions for Piano (Suite)
Six Songs for Voice and Piano
Four Sacred Songs for Soprano and Piano
Psalm for Chorus and Concert Band
Two SATB Choral Anthems with Organ
Symphony for String Orchestra
Three Essays for Orchestra
Videre in Somnis, Orchestral Poem
"The Really Great (and Wonderful) All-American Opera"
for vocal soloists, chorus, and electronic music
Nine Fugues on the motive FEB for various instruments
Sonic Wandering, six pieces of electronic music
Because both my paternal and maternal ancestors were talented musicians and had interesting musical experiences, it is natural for me to acknowledge them here:
Everyone in my father's family (Broer) studied and played music instruments. By 1938, when the four children were teenagers, the family performed music solo and ensemble pieces on a weekly program on a local radio station (KSLM) that continued for two years in Salem, Oregon. The ensemble included my fathers' siblings on trombone, flute, violin, and parents on euphonium and piano as seen in the photo.
My mother's grandfather (Scott Clark) formed a traveling tent show company in southern Illinois around 1885 that featured musicians and actors performing theatrical shows and music concerts. The Clark Tent Show traveled with horses and wagons from town to town during the summer months presenting programs over a period of seventeen years. The 1898 photo here shows some of the troupe’s company members standing before the tent. My grandfather is the nine year old boy on the left with a euphonium horn. His father is with the snare drum on the right.
The Broer family, 1938
The Clark family and troupe members, 1898