David Frost 1946–2017


The hearts of the Columbus Symphony family are heavy at the passing of David Frost. In his many years as the Columbus Symphony’s Principal Librarian, David made extraordinary contributions to this organization and to the classical music that he so obviously loved. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.

David Frost served as Principal Librarian of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for 29 years, and performed occasionally as a section percussionist. He created numerous arrangements and compositions, many of which the CSO has performed.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, David studied at the University of Minnesota and The Juilliard School. He lived in New York for 20 years, performing and acting as orchestra librarian for The American Composers’ Orchestra, The Orchestra of New York, several ballet orchestras, and The Brooklyn Philharmonic, where he actively maintained his tenure as percussionist for 35 seasons. For three years prior to his move to Columbus, he served as Assistant Librarian for the New York Philharmonic, and during the 2008-2009 season, as Assistant Principal Librarian with the Minnesota Orchestra.

David was an honored member of the Columbus Symphony family, and we will miss his encyclopedic knowledge, ready sense of humor, and his commitment to musical excellence.

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In lieu of flowers, David’s family requests donations be made to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in his memory.