Prolific composer and performer Pauline Frechette grew up with a foundation of playing violin in youth symphonies, winning piano competitions, and touring Europe as a singer and dancer. Her compositions, best defined as “neo-classical,” have been performed by the Baltimore Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New West Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pauline has composed songs for TV and Film and her musicals have been produced by The Goodspeed Opera House, the LaMirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, and the Baruch Theatre in New York City. As a singer and performer, her credits include singing on major motion pictures (Aladdin, Rent, Mermaids …), and performing, and recording with legendary artists such as MUSE for the 2012 Olympics, Stanley Clarke, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Cher, and Neil Diamond. Pauline’s last two albums, "An Intimate Story” and "Colors of My Heart,” both debuted in the Billboard Top Ten Classical and Jazz charts. Her music is being played in over 150 countries to millions of listeners.
What is your earliest memory of music? And, how did you get started in music?
My earliest memory of music was standing on the piano bench conducting an imaginary orchestra to records my mother would put on of the opera "Carmen." My father was a musician. I started as a toddler singing on his radio show in Chicago. Then he started teaching me piano at the age of 4 and found me a teacher for violin at 7.
What was the first song you ever wrote? What or who inspired you to start writing music? I don't remember what song was the first song that I ever wrote. I was making up songs while swinging as very little girl. Later I played guitar and wrote songs in my early teens. Probably the first "real" song was called "My Boat." I still remember the melody.
Do you play any instruments? If yes tell us about it. If not, do you work with a band or studio musicians? Do you produce your tracks or work with a producer?
I play piano as my first instrument and singing. But I also can play violin, guitar and am learning cello.
Do you have any advice for young women pursuing music? Pursue music if it is your passion. If you love it so much that you just can't wait to write the next song and you just love practicing long hours and you don't mind constantly going through all the barriers. But it does take that kind of passion. That makes it all worth while.
For readers who have never heard your music, can you suggest one or two songs to start with?
My music is pretty eclectic. Earlier in my career I composed for Broadway, then rock and now neo-classical and sort of jazz songs. The main thing that drives my music is my passion. If you'd rather here something that's instrumental I'd suggest "Jewel Box" or "Follow My Heart (Instrumental featuring Stewart Cole on trumpet)" For vocal pieces, I'd suggest "Love in the Afternoon (feat Stanley Clarke on Bass) or "Always Lovers". All three of those songs are on my "Colors of My Heart" album which debuted in Billboard Top Ten Classical, Classical cross-over and Jazz charts.
Where can fans access your music?