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Philip B. Frohnmayer (Baritone)

Born: Medford, Oregon, USA

The American baritone and teacher, Philip B. Frohnmayer studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart (1972-1973), University of Oregon, M. M., Vocal Performance (June 1972), Harvard University, A.B., History and Literature of England (1969). His musical Instruction included Piano (12 years study) and voice studies with Martial Singher, Santa Barbara, California (1974-1978; 1985-1990), Ré Koster, Paris, France, and Laren, Holland (1979-1984), Arleen Augér, Frankfurt, West Germany (1978-1979), Hans Hotter, Munich, West Germany (1972-1973), James Miller, University of Oregon (1971-1972), Wesley Copplestone, Boston Conservatory (1965-1969); Lieder Interpretation, with Martial Singher and Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California (1974) and Konrad Richter, Hochschule für Musik, Stuttgart (1972-1973).

Philip Frohnmayer's operatic engagements include: Utah Opera Association, Salt Lake City, Utah (1975-1977) as Papageno in Zauberflöte, Father in Hansel and Gretel, Emperor in Le Rossignol; Leading baritone, Italian roles, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, W. Germany (1977-1980); Guest appearances in Europe: Luxemburg, Ludwigshafen, Aachen, Osnabrück, Heidelberg, Essen, Recklinghausen, etc. (1979-1982); Humboldt Light Opera Association as Escamillo (1983); With the Netherlands Radio: Frère Léon in St. François d’Assise, 1986. Performed in Holland, Germany, and Spain; At Loyola: Michele in Il Tabarro (1986), Silvio in Pagliacci (1987), Germont in La Traviata (1989); New Orleans Opera as Melchior, 1st Nazarene, Dancairo (1986-1989); International Dvorak Festival, Le Petite Theatre and University of New Orleans as The Count in The Jacobins (January 199l); Rogue Opera, Ashland, Oregon (Oregon Shakesperian Festival Theater), Scarpia in Tosca, (November, 199l).

Philip Frohnmayer's concert engagements include: many appearances at the Oregon Bach Festival, directed by Helmuth Rilling; (Summer, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978) singing Cantatas and all major Bach choral works as baritone soloist; Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Festival Orchestra, Robert Shaw conducting (Summer 1969) in Messiah, Chichester Psalms; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel and Ardean Watts (1975-1977) in contemporary programs and B Minor Mass (BWV 232); Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival, Cleveland, Ohio, Helmuth Rilling (May 1976) in Heinrich Schütz, Monteverdi, J.S. Bach; Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Rafael Kubelík (September 1976) in Verdi and Gustav Mahler; Singing City Choirs and Mostovoy Soloists, Philadelphia (November 1976), Helmuth Rilling in B Minor Mass (BWV 232); Denver Symphony, Priestman, (December 1976) in L’enfance du Christ; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Kaiserslautern, Baden-Baden, various conductors, operetta arias and duets (1978, 1979); Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Montgomery, Stulen, Erdelyi, Commissiona, Kent Nagano (1981-1986); Clarion Concerts, N. Jenkins, New York (1981) in Lodoiska; New Orleans Symphony, J. Paul, Savia, Massey, Entremont, conductores (1982-1991), in many performances, including Messiah, Te Deum (Charpentier), Mozart Coronation Mass, Brahms, Requiem; Beloit-Janesville Symphony, C. Gates (October 1983) in Viennese program; University of Florida Orchestras, Chobaz (November 1984) in A Sea Symphony; Britt Festival Orchestra, S. Minde (August 1986) in Verdi, Donizetti, J.S. Bach. (3 programs); Lindsborg Messiah Festival, Copley (April, 1987) in Messiah, St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) recital; Duluth Symphony, Virkhaus (New Year’s Eve 1989) in operetta program; Bournemouth Sinfonietta, T. Vasary conducting; Vaison-la-Romaine, France (August 1990 in Mozart arias and duets; New Orleans Symphony (February-March 1991) in Brahms Requiem, J. Paul conducting. Philip Frohnmayer has also given recitals--Over 100 over the past 10 years, throughout the USA, Western Europe, and in the Soviet Union, including two seasons on Community Concerts with Ellen Phillips. Philip Frohnmayer regularly appears as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Opera. Together with his wife, Ellen Frohnmayer. .

Academic Positions include: Lecturer in Music, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, (1973-1974); Assistant Professor of Music, Chairman of Voice Faculty, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (1974-1977); Adjunct faculty, Voice, Volkshochschule Essen (1980-1982); Faculty, Voice and Opera, Aspen Music Festival and School (1998, 1999). He has been with the College of Music faculty since 1982: Professor of Music, Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, (1982-present), Chairman of Vocal Studies since 1985, Rita Huntsinger Endowed Professorship (2000), Mary Wisdom Endowed Professor of Opera (2005). In the summer of 1998, he joined the voice and opera faculty of the Aspen Festival School.

Other professional activities include: Music Panelist, Special Projects, at Louisiana Endowment for the Arts (1990, 1991); Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Clinician, guest artist, master teacher; Member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (1993-1995); Judge at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (1999, 2001) and at Schmidt Youth Awards (2000-2004).

Philip Frohnmayer's students have consistently been top prize winners in major contests, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) young artists auditions, the Houston Grand Opera Auditions, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. They have also participated in leading summer festivals and apprentice programs including the Brevard, Chautauqua, and Aspen Festivals, The Ohio Light Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program.

Awards and prizes include: Honorary Member, The Bach Guild, Riemenschneider Bach Institute, Baldwin-Wallace College (since 1976); 2nd Prize at Munich Competition (top award given) (1976); Grant from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music (1976); 4th Prize at Benson and Hedges Gold Award (1979); Grants from the I.I.E. (1979, 1980); Faculty Study Grants at Loyola University (1986. 1988, 1990); In 1996, Frohnmayer received the Dux Academicus award for distinguished teaching, scholarship, and service to Loyola University. He also received the College of Music Teaching Award (2005).

Recordings: Allegro Records: St. François d’Assise; Centaur Records: The Flowering of English Song, Songs and Duets by Virgil Thomson, Songs of Logan Skelton, Vol. II; Albany Records: Songs of Bygone Days, Song cycle composed by Stephen Dankner, A Classic Christmas; CBS Records: St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) character recitatives, Helmuth Rilling conducting. He has also particpated in radio programmes of Minnesota Public Radio, Bavarian Radio, Southwest German Radio, Hessian State Radio, and Netherlands Radio.

Source: College of Music - Loyola University New Orleans Website
Contributed by:
Aryeh Oron (December 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Helmuth Rilling


BWV 211 [1s], BWV 232 [1st], BWV 244

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