At the age of sixteen, Frederick DeVaney made his St. Louis debut as soloist in a concerto performance with Leonard Slatkin at Powell Symphony Hall. The St. Louis Globe Democrat praised his "remarkably warm tones." He has since made numerous other soloappearances with St. Louis area orchestras, and currently serves as the Principal Double Bassist of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
A student of the late Henry Loew, longtime Principal Double Bassist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mr.DeVaney is now a busy freelance musician in the St. Louis area. He is the principal bassist of the Ballet Orchestra of St. Louis, the St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, the American Kantorei in St. Louis, and is a member of the orchestra of the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis. Previously, Mr. DeVaney has performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic, and served for five seasons as Principal Double Bassist with the Peoria Opera (now Opera Illinois.).
Mr. DeVaney is a frequent substitute with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and has performed hundreds of concerts with this ensemble, both in St. Louis and on tour. Mr. DeVaney has been the instructor of double bass at SIUE since 1992. For ten summers he taught at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival at the University of the South in Tennessee.