CHERYL FRAZES HILL

    Chorus Director, Margaret Hawkins Chorus Director Chair

    CHERYL FRAZES HILL

    Dr. Frazes Hill is the newly appointed director of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. In addition to her role in Milwaukee, she is the associate conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, where she has assisted CSO Chorus Music Director Duain Wolfe for more than 20 years. Frazes Hill has also served as director of choral activities at Roosevelt University since 2002. 

    During the 2017.18 season, Frazes Hill will prepare the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus for performances of Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

    In her role as the Chicago Symphony Chorus associate conductor, she has prepared the chorus for Maestros Boulez, Barenboim, Mehta, Tilson Thomas, James Conlon and many others. Recent recordings of Frazes Hill’s chorus preparations on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra label include the 2005 release, Beethoven, 2006 release A tribute to Daniel Barenboim and the 2008 release Chicago Symphony Chorus: A 50th anniversary Celebration.

    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 is a featured soloist, nominated for a Grammy Award in the CBS Masterworks release Mozart, Music for Basset Horns. During her 15 years of public school 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 guest conductor and guest speaker. As a clinician, she conducts festivals throughout the country.  Under her direction, the Roosevelt University choruses have been featured in prestigious and diverse events including appearances at national and regional music conferences, and performances with professional orchestras including the Chicago Sinfonietta, Civic Orchestra and the Illinois Philharmonic. Among recent performances, the Roosevelt Conservatory Chorus received enthusiastic reviews for their American premiere of Jacob Ter Velduis’ Mountaintop. Recent performances have included Frazes Hill’s choral preparation for the internationally acclaimed production of Defiant Requiem, which took place at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall in March 2017. Dr. Frazes Hill is also a published writer for national education and choral journals on topics of her research in music education and choral conducting.