Frey grew up in Seattle where both her parents and twin sister still live. An older sister, a poet lives in Portland, OR.
"I left home the week after my 16th birthday and moved to Philadelphia," she said. "A lot of my life relates to music, be it attending concerts or talking to friends and colleagues about music, and very importantly, teaching."
As a solo cello and chamber music educator with complete Suzuki training, Frey has served on the faculties of the Hudson River School, the Music Institute of Long Island, Guelph Youth Music Center and the 2007 Ithaca College Chamber Music Institute.
Still very close with her family back home, Frey hasn't decided whether to have children of her own.
"I love kids and babies and I am with them a lot in my teaching and performing," she said. "One thing I'd like to do long-term is to teach cello at the university level which would mean I'd be committed to spend more time in one place, which is also conducive to family life."
It could be tough on the family.
"If I had any kids of my own, I'd probably drive them nuts wanting them to practice," she said. "I don't think a parent should decide what career their kid has, but I'd want to give my child the choice to play music very well. If they don't learn at a young age, it can be hard to even have the chance."
Frey is looking forward to returning to Cazenovia.
"I performed the world premiere of Stucky's "Dialoghi" among other pieces, and gave a master class there last summer for the Cazenovia Counterpoint festival hosted by Syracuse's Society for New Music. After those events, Harris Lindenfeld and others from Cazenovia were interested in having me return for a full concert of cello music," she said. "The town is delightful and seems to be full of classical music enthusiasts. I'm very much looking forward to it."