Musical Practice Makes Perfect Hobby For Multi-Instrumentalist Litigator

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


Steven Frederick grew up playing all sorts of musical instruments, but he stopped playing when he got a job as a Wall Street lawyer. After all, he lived in a New York City apartment, and the neighbors would have squawked had he played saxophone or clarinet at all hours.

But when Frederick moved to Connecticut and started a family, he got back in tune.

"Now I drive my family crazy," said Frederick, who frequently performs in Fairfield County musical theater productions. "So not only does my family want to divorce me because I keep playing these instruments, but I keep buying them too."

A litigator whose practice is heavy on employment law at Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky in Stamford, Frederick practices his music in the basement of his home or in the bedroom of his son, who lives away at college.

"When I'm playing a show, I have so many instruments set up, I literally take up half the room," Frederick said.

Sometimes, he said, he leaves the law offices at lunch time to go home—when no one else is around—to practice.

"They call it practice for a reason," he said. "Practice can be repetitive because you are trying to learn things. You have to play it over and over again so you can master it."

He continued: "Just like in a courtroom, I want to know the facts and the law. It's the same with music. I work hard at getting it. Despite the fact that I'm amateur, I don't want to sound like one."

Frederick, who is trained in the clarinet, saxophone and flute, plays tenor sax and clarinet at Temple Sinai in Stamford at Friday night services. He also plays in community theater pit orchestras several times a year, playing alongside professional musicians.

"For example, in November, I played flute, clarinet, and tenor saxophone in 'The Drowsy Chaperone' at Trinity High School in Stamford," he said. "In December, I played flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone and tenor saxophone in the Stamford all-school musical production of 'Shrek the Musical.'"

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