Frederick Ockwell served as associate professor of opera, conducting, and ensembles. He joined the Bienen School of Music faculty in 1971 and was closely involved with the opera program, conducting many productions in addition to assisting in musical preparation and other rehearsals. He was formerly a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Cologne Opera Studio and the Hamburg State Opera. For nine seasons he was music director of the Fox River Valley Symphony in Aurora, Illinois. A native of Seattle, he studied piano, double bass, and conducting with Stanley Chapple, Frederik Prausnitz, Wolfgang von der Nahmer, and Marek Janowski. Ockwell received a master of arts degree from the University of Washington and was a Fulbright scholar in conducting in Cologne, Germany.