Frederick Halgedahl

Associate Professor of Violin and Viola
B.M. - Eastman School of Music
M.M. - Emporia State University

Office: 289 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2034

Violinist Frederick Halgedahl has taught at the University of Northern Iowa since 1986, when he settled in the region after a successful early career in symphony orchestras (including the National Symphony, the Stattsorchester Hamburg and the North German Radio Symphony – N.D.R.) ultimately led to faculty positions at Western Washington University and the University of Oklahoma.

During his years at UNI, his students have gone on to prestigious graduate programs at Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute and the Eastman School, as well as medical and dental schools, large corporations, such as IBM, and to teaching posts in public schools in the Midwest and beyond.

In addition to an active involvement in Iowa orchestras (at one time or another serving as concertmaster of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines Symphony Orchestras) and chamber music (including positions in the International Trio, the UNI Faculty String Quartet and the creation of the Halgedahl-Botkin Duo), Halgedahl’s varied interests have led to published research with physics professor Roger Hanson, and to seminars on British and American poetry, both at UNI and at the University’s sister institution in Russia, the Russian State Pedagogical Institute, in St. Petersburg.   

Halgedahl began his studies in Winfield, Kansas, with Leoti Newland, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Later, following in her footsteps—as well as those of his father Howard Halgedahl, who did Masters and Doctoral work at ESM—Halgedahl became one of several of Mrs. Newland’s students to attend the well-known conservatory. Returning to Kansas upon his graduation to complete a Masters at Emporia State University as a teaching assistant to Lacy MacLarry, he began his tenure in the National Symphony in the fall of 1970.

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