Biography

Jefferson Todd Frazier is a composer and the System Director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM). CPAM is the recipient of both the 2017 BCA 10 Award from Americans for the Arts, recognizing the best businesses partnering with the arts in Americaand the 2019 International Hamilton Arts in Health Award for Arts Building Resilience. He is Immediate Past President of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) and Founder of American Festival for the Arts (AFA). He received his undergraduate and graduate training in composition from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and The Juilliard School in New York, NY. As a composer, his love for history inspires many of his works including We Hold These Truths, premiered at the Kennedy Center by the National Symphony Orchestra with soprano Renee Fleming and conductor Christoph Eschenbach, and the University of Virginia Suite, premiered at the University of Virginia on October 6th, 2017 in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the laying of the first cornerstone of the school by Thomas Jefferson. In 2016 Frazier was awarded the Luminary Award from the Eastman School of Music “recognizing individuals who have given extraordinary service to music and the arts at the community and national levels” and on the occasion of the Juilliard School’s 100th anniversary in 2006, Frazier was recognized as one of 100 distinguished alumni and profiled in the Juilliard Journal’s “A Quiet Revolution: Juilliard Alumni and The Transformation of Education in America Through the Arts.”

Frazier believes the arts offer a unique and dynamic common denominator in strategic collaboration that inspires innovation and transformation, while keeping us firmly in tune with our humanity. He has spent 25+ years forging and supporting research, education and accessibility collaborations between the K-12 Education, University, Texas Medical Center, and Arts and Culture communities throughout the nation. Since joining Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) in 2011, he has helped the Center evolve into one that embraces the broadest potential of an arts and medicine relationship through its Divisions of; world class specialized health care and wellness education for performing and visual artists, purposeful integration of the performing and visual arts into the hospital environment, clinical therapy that utilizes the arts in support of patient and hospital goals, research that harnesses the broadest potential of the arts in therapy, rehabilitation and human performance, and education and outreach that connects the arts in health field across disciplines, inspiring creative thinking and discovery. Frazier has contributed to a wide range of publications and studies in the field of arts, education, and medicine ranging from music therapy for special needs children, to unique music listening applications in stroke and traumatic brain injury recovery, to the relationship of music theory and history of pipe organ construction to the resultant vibrations and resonating harmony of a continuous flow dual pump total artificial heart. Most recently, Frazier is proud of his role in the September 2017 publication of the white paper, “Arts, Health and Well-being in America”: https://thenoah.net/about/arts-health-and-well-being-in-america-a-white-paper/

Short Bio or Introduction:

Todd Frazier is a Composer and System Director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, recipient of the 2017 BCA 10 Award from Americans for the Arts, recognizing the best businesses partnering with the arts in America and the 2019 International Hamilton Award from the National Organization for Arts in Health, recognizing the best use of the arts in employee engagement.

A graduate of the Eastman and Juilliard Schools, he has spent 25+ years forging and supporting research, education and accessibility collaborations between education, medicine, and arts & culture communities in America. He is past president of the National Organization for Arts in Health, founder of American Festival for the Arts, and in 2016 was awarded the Luminary Award from the Eastman School “recognizing individuals who have given extraordinary service to music and the arts at the community and national levels”. 

Contact: todd@jtoddfrazier.com


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