Christa Frye

Chrysta Frye

Dr. Christa Frye
Telephone: 270.809.6444
Office:  Price Doyle Fine Arts  529


Christa Frye is currently serving as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Murray State University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Music at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee and at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Dr. Frye is in demand as a performing artist across the United States. She has performed as a guest artist 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.  She has also performed numerous recitals, most recently including a recital at Marshall University, in Huntington, West Virginia where she gave a masterclass to the clarinet students of Dr. Ann Marie Bingham, and at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, in Odessa, Texas.

Dr. Frye currently serves as the clarinetist with the University Trio (flute, clarinet, and piano) at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She has also performed in the University of Tennessee at Martin Faculty Woodwind Trio (clarinet, oboe/bassoon, and flute) as well as the UTM Chamber Players, an ensemble comprised of university faculty and advanced students that performs small chamber works. In addition, Dr. Frye performs regularly with the Paducah Symphony in Paducah, Kentucky. During her time in Texas, Dr. Frye performed with the Midland-Odessa Symphony, in Midland, Texas as well as serving clarinetist for the West Texas Winds Woodwind Quintet.

Previously, she performed John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus (Symphony No. 3) at its world premiere in New York City, New York and Dan Welcher’s Symphony No. 4 at its world premiere in Bates Recital Hall in Austin, Texas, both with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble.

Dr. Frye performs on RZ Capriccio clarinets and is a performing artist for RZ Woodwinds, a company based in the Czech Republic. Her primary clarinet teachers include Ann Marie Bingham, Gary Sperl, Deborah Bish, Frank Kowalsky and Richard MacDowell.

Dr. Frye received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (2000) and the Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the Florida State University (2003). In May 2008, she received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.