Sunday, March 26, 2017, 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude in E-flat Major, BWV 552
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
from Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, No. 1
Mein Jesu, der du mich
Horatio Parker (1863-1919)
from Sonata in E - flat, Op. 65
Jehan Alain (1911-1940)
Litanies, JA 119
Robert E. Frazier was appointed in 2012 Director of Music and the Arts at Centenary United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to his fulltime church music responsibilities, he maintains an active role in the musical life of Winston-Salem, serving as an adjunct professor at Salem College School of Music teaching in their new masters degree program. For six seasons, Dr. Frazier served as the Assistant Conductor and Accompanist of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, now the Charlotte Symphony Chorus. During his tenure as Assistant Conductor, he also performed frequently as organist with the Charlotte Symphony, and has served as substitute accompanist for Opera Carolina productions.
Dr. Frazier maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor for Honor Choir and Church Music Festivals as well as professional choral ensembles in the Piedmont Triad region. In collaboration with the Piedmont Baroque Consortium, Dr. Frazier recently released a commercial recording with North Carolina Baroque Orchestra of J. S. Bach’s
Cantata BWV 1: “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern”. During the summer of 2015, Dr. Frazier was invited to Bacau, Romania, as a conducting participant for a 15-day program sponsored by the International Institute for Conductors. The performance projects in collaboration with the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra and Iaşi Professional Chorus culminated in three separate masterwork performances: Brahms’
Requiem and Poulenc’s
Gloria. Dr. Frazier has also been a conducting master class participant in the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene, Oregon, under the tutelage of Maestro Helmuth Rilling. Dr. Frazier was also a conducting fellow for the A Cappella Master Class, sponsored by Chorus America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and had the privilege of conducting VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Touring Choir. The podium coaches for this event were Anton Armstrong, Sigrid Johnson and Philip Brunelle.
As a concert organist, Dr. Frazier has made appearances as a recitalist in the United States and Eastern Europe, with recent and upcoming performances on recital series at Salem College and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City. During Dr. Frazier’s tenure (2004-2012) as Director of Music Ministries at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, a multi-year partnership emerged with The Great Church of Debrecen, Hungary, and led to many collaborations, recitals, and radio broadcasts, including the world premiere of Dr. Frazier’s
Prayer of Unity composed to celebrate the partnership between the two churches. As a published composer, his most recent folksong arrangement of “Black is the Color” is available through
Colla Voce Music, Inc.
A Tennessee native and alumnus of East Tennessee State University, Dr. Frazier received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. He holds two masters degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University (Bloomington), in conducting and organ performance, respectively. His professional memberships include the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Church Music Institute.