Frederick Hohman is best known as as a concert organist, but also as a senior audio producer / engineer and owner of the Pro Organo CD label, as producer / host of the Midnight Pipes television series and most recently as a composer.
Between the years 1974 and 1990, he earned the Performer’s Certificate, Mus.B., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees while in the organ class of David Craighead at the Eastman School of Music. In 1984, he was named First Prize Winner in both the Clarence Mader and Arthur Poister national organ-playing competitions. Since 1984, he has toured the USA with organ concerts, workshop and lecture recitals. His tours have taken him throughout the USA, to the Caribbean, Australia, the UK and Finland. Beginning in 1989, he was a popular featured artist at FOKO, and returned annually over a decade on the FOKO summer series. His doctoral essay was a study of one of Portland’s early municipal organists (during the 1920s): Edwin Henry Lemare. His original “Lemare Affair” CD recording was made in 1987, and the two sequel CD’s to this recording, “Lemare Affair II” and “Lemare Affair III,” were both made upon the Kotzschmar organ. Although his 1990 doctoral essay “The Art of the Symphonic Organist” and his many CD recordings of music by Edwin Lemare have cast him as a symphonic organist, he performs and is still recording, on the Pro Organo label which he founded in 1985, the gamut of organ literature.
In addition to his work as an organist, he has produced and engineered audio CDs with many American choirs and with dozens of organists from around the world, including our own Ray Cornils, Portland’s present municipal organist, in his debut CD entitled “The Mighty Kotzschmar.” The area of his work as a producer expanded to encompass television, where, from 1996 to 2001, he produced a television series entitled “Midnight Pipes” which aired over several public television affiliates, including our own Maine Public Television. His music studio and audio / video facility, Zarex HD, is located in South Bend, Indiana.
Since 2004, Frederick has concentrated on composition, and his works and organ transcriptions can be found published by Wayne Leupold Editions and by Zarex Scores. The premiere of his new Organ Concerto was included in an all-concerto program given on June 21 in Minneapolis, at the invitation of the American Guild of Organists for their 2008 national convention. Fred’s multi-faceted work in music has also been spotlighted in the popular British “glossies,” including Choir & Organ magazine in 2006, and in the current issue (Spring 2008) of The Organ.