plays on the RZ Capriccio
Christa Jannae Frye
Christa Frye is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Music at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee where she teaches clarinet, woodwind methods, music theory, and aural skills.
Dr. Frye currently performs in several chamber groups, including Duo Atypique, a clarinet and trombone duo with her husband, and the University Trio (flute, clarinet, and piano). Additionally, she has performed in the Faculty Woodwind Trio, the UTM Chamber Players, and continues to perform with the Paducah Symphony.
Dr. Frye is in demand as a performing artist across the southeastern United States. In 2021, Duo Atypique performed at the International Trombone Festival in Columbus, GA where they gave the World Premiere of Souq! by Andrew Markel. In addition, Duo Atypique performed at the College Music Society Southern Regional Conference and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference. Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, a series of short tours of the southeastern United States, was made where Duo Atypique gave masterclasses and concerts. In 2019, Duo Atypique performed at the International Trombone Festival in Muncie, IN and ClarinetFest in Knoxville, TN. In 2018, The University Trio gave a concert at the National Conference for the College Music Society in conjunction with the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Frye has performed at the Annual Woodwind Day hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin Woodwind Students' Association, Marshall University’s Single Reed Day in Huntington, West Virginia, and as soloist with the Odessa College Band, in Odessa, Texas and Spring Valley High School Band in Huntington, WV. She has also performed numerous recitals, including a special guest recital at Marshall University, in Huntington, West Virginia where she gave a masterclass to the clarinet students of Dr. Ann Marie Bingham.
Dr. Frye performs on RZ Capriccio clarinets and is an endorsing artist for RZ Woodwinds. Her primary clarinet teachers include Ann Marie Bingham, Gary Sperl, Deborah Bish, Frank Kowalsky and Richard MacDowell.
Dr. Frye holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a M.M in Clarinet Performance from the Florida State University, and a D.M.A. in Clarinet Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Christa plays on the RZ Capriccio