Rita O. Huntsinger Distinguished Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
D.M.A., Louisiana State University; M.M., Sam Houston State University; B.M.E., Sam Houston State University
Dr. Meg Frazier, Director of Choral Activities/Coordinator of Vocal Studies/Rita O. Huntsinger Distinguished Professor of Music at Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts, is a native of Longview, Texas. Dr. Frazier earned her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees at Sam Houston State University, where she studied conducting with Bev Henson. She then completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University under the mentorship of Ken Fulton. Dr. Frazier taught middle school and high school choir in Texas and was the choral instructor at Beloit College in Wisconsin before moving to New Orleans to begin teaching at Loyola in 1998.
At Loyola, Dr. Frazier conducts the university's three choral ensembles and teaches choral music education methods, general conducting, and choral conducting. The Loyola Chorale is the featured choir for city-wide events such as the Red Mass (the opening of the Louisiana judicial year) at St. Louis Cathedral and the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ St. Patrick Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, as well as standing-room-only Christmas at Loyola performances each December.
Dr. Frazier is also the Artistic Director/Conductor of the NOVA (New Orleans Vocal Arts) Chorale, a community-based adult choir. The award-winning NOVA and Loyola choirs have performed regularly for Louisiana ACDA and in collaboration with numerous performing organizations, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Opera Association, and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.
An active choral clinician and guest conductor, Dr. Frazier has conducted honor choirs in twenty states, including Women’s All-State Choirs in Florida in 2012 and Kentucky in 2002 and 2009, and the Louisiana Junior High All-State Choir in 2000.
Dr. Frazier is past president of La-ACDA and currently serves as ACDA Southern Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs. As a pianist, Dr. Frazier serves as Louisiana ACDA and Kentucky ACDA Conference Accompanist and often serves as accompanist for LMEA and La-ACDA honor choirs.
As a vocalist/chorister, Dr. Frazier enjoys performing with organizations such as the New Orleans Opera (debut as soloist last spring in Madama Butterfly), Marigny Opera House’s Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, and several church choirs.
Dr. Frazier and her husband, Rob (a computer/band/drum corps geek who is pursuing a music education degree at Loyola) enjoy travel, PBS and BBC television, and hanging out with other choir geeks.