An adjunct instructor in Music since 2002, J. Michael Frasier holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Choral Music Education from Central Washington State College and a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Eastern Washington University. At EOU he is responsible for teaching courses in Music Education, Vocal Pedagogy, Choral Music Methods and conducting both the EOU Women’s Choir and the Grande Ronde Community Choir. His teaching experience includes thirty-years of public school teaching where he oversaw a dynamic choral program along with teaching classes in Musical Theatre, Drama, and Leadership. In 2002 he was honored as Union County Educator of the Year. Choirs under his direction have been recipient of many honors including 1st place at the Oregon State High School Choir Championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003 and numerous awards in Vocal Jazz, and Musical Theatre.
Other conducting experience includes serving as Music Director for the Union County Children’s Choir, the United Methodist Church choir, The First Presbyterian Church Choir, the Blue Mountain Barbershop Chorus and serving as guest conductor of the Oregon East Symphony Chorale. He has also conducted performance tours of the British Isles, Central Europe and throughout the United States.
Mr. Frasier’s performance resume has focused primarily on musical theatre genres. He has appeared on stage in over forty productions including leading/featured roles in Sweeney Todd, Music Man, 1776, Secret Garden, Titanic, Pippin, Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bartered Bride, and HMS Pinafore. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Oregon Youth Philharmonic, the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, and the Inland Northwest Orchestra.
Active in the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Mr. Frasier is Past President of the Northwestern Division of ACDA (2004-2006). A past presenter at both ACDA and OMEA conferences, Mr. Frasier is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the west. During the summer of 2002 he spent three weeks as a visiting teacher in Ecuador where he worked with teachers and students at the Colegio Americano De Quito, Conservatorio Nacional “Jose Maria Rodriguez” de la ciudad de Cuenca, and with adult conducting students.