Frederick Teardo is currently a senior at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he pursues a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance as a student of David Higgs. His additional studies at Eastman include organ improvisation with William Porter. Fred began keyboard study with his father at the age of 13, and thereafter studied piano and organ privately with Stephen Roberts for five years. During this time Fred also studied figured bass with Britt Wheeler.
Fred is a member of the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has performed for several AGO chapters across the nation. He has attended three AGO Pipe Organ Encounters, which included lessons with Stephen Rapp, Catherine Rodland, and Peter Sykes. Recently, Fred attended the Yale Organ Week, studying organ with Thomas Murray and Christopher Young.
As a sophomore in high school, Fred won first place in the 1997 L. Cameron Johnson Memorial Organ Competition. Fred was appointed the Albert Schweitzer Organ Scholar at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, Connecticut in his senior year of high school, where he assisted Minister of Music David Spicer in accompanying the many choirs there. Also that year, Fred won first prize in the 1999 AGO Regional Competition for Young Organists (Region I). As a result, Fred was a featured performer at the 1999 Region I AGO Convention in Worcester, MA, and received the distinct honor to perform on the Rising Stars program at the 2000 National Convention of the AGO in Seattle, WA. Recently, a segment of Freds performance at the Rising Stars concert in Seattle was broadcast on the nationally acclaimed radio show Pipedreams of Minnesota Public Radio. Fred won first place in the 2001 Augustana Arts/Reuter Organ Competition in Denver, CO, and performed a concerto in concert with the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra. Fred competed as a semi-finalist in the 21st St. Albans International Organ Festival in St. Albans, England, in which he was the only American and the youngest competitor of 15 chosen to compete at the Festival from a pool of over 80 applicants worldwide. Most recently, Mr. Teardo won first place in the 2002 Wells Competition for Young Organists in Lubbock, TX.