NATHAN FROEBE (b.1983) is a composer of chamber, choral, orchestral, wind band, and electronic music, as well as a music educator and conductor. His works have been featured at various North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, various International Tuba-Euphonium conferences, at the 2018 Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI Conference, the 2017 National Flute Association Conference, and the 2018 International Trombone Festival, as well as being chosen for the 2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison Symphony Showcase. Additionally, he has been featured as both a composer and conductor with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Bands, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Recently, he was awarded the 2019 Hecksher Composition Prize for his work, "Un/Controlled," for solo alto saxophone.
Froebe’s works vary greatly in style, and nearly all contain a programmatic narrative with a heavy emphasis on creative orchestration and coloring. His music has been performed by saxophonist Steve Carmichael, mezzo-soprano Jessica Kasinski, trombonist Thomas Macaluso, trombonist Lane Weaver, and has been a featured composer for the New Muse Ensemble of Madison, WI. In particular, Froebe has a penchant for winds and percussion, and has also collaborated with dancers on electronic works. His current work focuses on exploring issues of addiction and recovery, as well as the narratives of coming out as LGBT in today’s society. His teachers include Laura Schwendinger, Stephen Dembski, Timothy Michael Rolls, Jeff Jordan, and John C. Ross. His conducting mentors are Scott Teeple and Craig Fuchs. Froebe also holds memberships in ASCAP, the Society of Composers, Inc., Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary).