Composer and teacher, Robert Fruehwald (b. 1957), grew up in Louisville, Ken., where he played flute in the Louisville Youth Orchestra. He attended the University of Louisville, where he received a BM degree in composition (with honors). While in Louisville, he studied composition with Nelson Keyes, Claude Baker and Dan Welcher, and flute with Francis Fuge. He earned his master of fine arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts, studying with Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick and Leonard Rosenman.
He returned to the Midwest to work on a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. There, he studied under Robert Wykes and finished his doctorate degree in 1985. Before accepting a teaching position in the late 1980s, Dr. Fruehwald developed a series of computer programs to print musical examples for scholarly journals and books. In 1989, he took a teaching position at Southeast Missouri State University.
Dr. Fruehwald has taught numerous subjects at Southeast including applied composition, music theory, applied flute, electronic-computer music and the history of modernism. He served as chair of the Department of Music from 1995-2000.
Dr. Fruehwald's compositions include works for large ensemble (A Farmington Divertimento  Southeast Wind Ensemble; Hymntunes II  Memphis Symphony); chamber music (Rant!  Bemidji Suzuki Strings; Midlothian Madness  Boise State Trio; K540  St. Louis Symphony Discovery Series); and works for flute (Irish Melodies for flute choir  Fairbanks Flutes, National Flute Association Convention; Hymntunes IV for Bass Flute  Linda Wetherill, National Flute Association Convention; Hymntunes III for Two Flutes and Tape  Thompson and Fruehwald, National Flute Association Convention; Sonata for Flute and Piano  Thompson, National Flute Association Convention). In addition, he has written music for children (Kebyar)  for Piano, Chamber Winds, and Orff Instruments, commissioned by the Southeast Missouri Council on the Arts and Southeast Missouri Hospital; What's an Orchestra  Southeast Missouri Symphony; Polkabats and Ocotpus Slacks on a text by Calef Brown  Southeast Missouri Children's Arts Festival) and music for dance (Anticipatory Illumination for Flutes and Percussion  Choreography by Josephine Zmolek; Zaum for Spoken Voice, Piano and Midi Instruments  Southeast Theater and Dance). In 1997, Dr. Fruehwald was named "Composer of the Year" by the Missouri Music Teachers Association and he received the College of Liberal Arts Award for Creative Activity in 1994.