Charlottesville, VA at the premiere of the “University of Virginia Suite” on October 6, 2017, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the laying of the first cornerstone of the University of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson on October 6, 1817. An estimated 20,000 people attended the Bicentennial Launch Celebration. Actor Bill Barker performed as Thomas Jefferson.



University of Virginia Suite November 17, 18 in Charlottesville with the Charlottesville Symphony (video):


Photo Caption: Dean of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Jamal Rossi presenting J. Todd Frazier, Composer and Director, Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital the Eastman School of Music Luminary Award, April 29, 2016.

University of Rochester

Eastman School of Music 

The Eastman Luminary Award is given by the Eastman School of Music to individuals who have given “extraordinary service to music and the arts at the national and local levels.” The design of the Luminary Award is taken from the round window at the top of the staircase in the Eastman School’s Lowry Hall, seen by generations of students since the School opened in 1921.

Todd Frazier (BM ’92) is the epitome of an artist citizen. Throughout his career, he has embraced music’s power to heal, inspire, and celebrate key moments in American history. As a composer, he has written music performed by such artists as Renée Fleming. As an arts administrator, he founded the American Festival of the Arts, an organization that has enriched the lives of thousands of student musicians for over two decades. And now, as the director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, he is forging new paths that integrate arts and medicine. As a member of Eastman’s National Council, he contributes to and guides the vision of this internationally preeminent school of music.

Todd has made extraordinary contributions to the musical and educational life of Houston. Nationally, he continues to champion efforts to build bridges between the medical and artistic communities. Through his work at CPAM, Todd has collected data that scientifically proves what many of us feel: adding music to our lives, particularly where we might not expect it, can have a profound positive impact.

Todd’s current work is based on the notion that with creative thinking, seemingly different fields can influence each other and lead to innovation. As he says, “There is an element to science that is artistic in its balance, an element that doctors or researchers can’t learn in the classroom.” The Eastman School of Music is proud to honor Todd Frazier’s dedication to music, to creative thinking, and to scientific innovation by presenting him with the Eastman Luminary Award.

Jamal J. Rossi
Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music


Renee Fleming, Todd Frazier

Program Nashville Fleming

The Arts | Renée Fleming surprises and delights, as always | Seattle Times Newspaper

Audio: We Hold These Truth (Live)



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“Breath of Life” Opera Premiere at Texas Tech September 17 and 18, 2015:


Audio Interview:


TMC News 2015 Article:

Audience at the Perini Ranch Performance supporting the Buffalo Gap Historic Village and Museum

Audience at the Perini Ranch Performance supporting the Buffalo Gap Historic Village and Museum

Buffalo Altar: Mineral Wells performance with Barry Corbin:

Audio: Buffalo Altar with Orchestra

L to R: Marc Sanders (Piano), Barry Corbin (Narrator), Todd Frazier (Composer), Steven Harrigan (Writer), ? (MC)

L to R: Marc Sanders (Piano), Barry Corbin (Narrator), Todd Frazier (Composer), Steven Harrigan (Writer)