Dr. Cheryl Frazes Hill holds the position of associate conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. She served as associate to Margaret Hillis and now assists Chorus Music Director Duain Wolfe. Frazes Hill has prepared the CSC for Maestros Boulez, Barenboim, Conlon, Levine, Mehta, Previn, Tilson Thomas, and many others, as well as conducting the Chicago Symphony Chorus in concert at Orchestra Hall.
Frazes Hill has served as head of music education and director of choral activities at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts since 2002. Frazes Hill conducts the Conservatory Chorus, featured in recent performances of major works including Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina burana, along with numerous concert performances and guest appearances. The chorus emphasizes diverse performing styles, including their appearances with the Rolling Stones at the United Center.
Frazes Hill received her doctorate in conducting and her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and two undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois. An accomplished vocalist, she was one of the vocal soloists on the Grammy nominated CBS Masterworks release of Mozart Music for Basset Horns, featuring Chicago Symphony Winds. During her 15 years of teaching, Frazes Hill received numerous awards, including the Illinois Governor's Award, the Northwestern University Alumni Merit Award, the Commendation of Excellence in Teaching from the Golden Apple Foundation, the Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Chicago, and the Outstanding Music Educator Award.
Frazes Hill is a frequent clinician, guest conductor and guest speaker throughout the country and was recently selected to represent Illinois as board member of the National Collegiate Conductors Organization.
Recently profiled in the Chicago Tribune as the classical musician who "should be on your radar," Andrew Lewis is artistic director of Bella Voce; music director of the Elgin Master Chorale; founder and artistic director of The Janus Ensemble, a professional chamber orchestra specializing in Baroque and new music; choirmaster at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston; and a member of the conducting faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also artistic director emeritus of the Lutheran Choir of Chicago and a former member of the conducting faculty at DePaul University. Lewis has been a guest lecturer at Concordia University Chicago, in the nationally recognized Lectures in Church Music series, and at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Lewis’s performances have been heard live on WFMT 98.7.
Lewis holds Bachelor of Music degree in music theory from Northwestern University. While still a student at Northwestern, he received a scholarship to observe the rehearsals of Daniel Barenboim and Asher Fisch at the Staatsoper-Unter-den-Linden, Berlin. After college he moved to California, worked as a church musician, and was an original member of the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale of San Francisco, having sung with Baroque specialists Nicholas McGegan and John Butt. He then attended the Eastman School of Music to study choral and orchestral conducting with William Weinert and orchestral conducting with David Effron, receiving his Master of Music degree in 1998.
He has also studied with conductors Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, James Paul, Gustav Meier, Stephen Cleobury, Duain Wolfe, and Dale Warland in the United States and Michel Tapachnik in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr. Catherine Sailer, director of choral studies at the University of Denver, conducts the Lamont Chorale, Lamont Women's Chorus and the Evans Choir. She is also the associate conductor of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. She was named the winner of the Robert Shaw Fellowship in 2005, chosen by Chorus America and supported by Warner Brothers and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sailer also won first place at the American Choral Directors Association Conducting Competition.