Jazz composer and conductor Fred Sturm has appeared with professional jazz ensembles and radio orchestras in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, and Norway, and his works have been performed by ensembles, orchestras, wind ensembles, and chamber groups worldwide, featuring renowned artists Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Gary Burton, Arild Andersen, and John Scofield.
In 2003, Sturm received the ASCAP/IAJE Commission In Honor of Quincy Jones, granted annually to a jazz composer of international prominence. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fund among others. His works are published by eight international houses, and have been recorded on four different labels, including Concord Jazz, RCA, and Warner Brothers, receiving a Grammy nomination in 1997.
As an educator, Sturm’s ensembles have been cited by Downbeat nine times as the finest in the U.S., and in 2010, he received the Downbeat Jazz Education Achievement Award.
Sturm is currently Director of Jazz and Improvisational Music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin. From 1991-2002, Sturm served as Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music, directing the Jazz Ensemble, conducting the Studio Orchestra, and coordinating Eastman’s jazz composition and arranging program.