Fred Sturm is Director of Jazz and Improvisational Music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and guest conductor of professional jazz ensembles and radio orchestras in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. He previously served as Professor of Jazz Studies and Jazz Ensemble/Studio Orchestra Director at the Eastman School of Music from 1991 to 2002.
His works have been featured by Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, and Phil Woods; performed by jazz, orchestral, wind, choral, and chamber ensembles worldwide; printed by nine international publishers; and issued on four CD labels. He's the author of Changes Over Time: The Evolution of Jazz Arranging, Maria Schneider: Evanescence, and Kenny Wheeler: Collected Works on ECM.
He received the 2003 ASCAP/IAJE Commission in Honor of Quincy Jones, a 1997 Grammy nomination, and Downbeat Magazine has cited his collegiate ensembles as America's best nine times. He studied at Lawrence, Eastman, and the University of North Texas.