Kenneth Frazelle

Composition and OrchestrationSchool of Filmmaking

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Composition Studio
Kenneth Frazelle

Composition faculty Kenneth Frazelle, an alumnus of UNCSA's School of Music, has created compositions commissioned and performed by some of the country's most illustrious artists. His works have been presented from Carnegie Hall to Westminster Abbey and beyond.

Something unique about my teaching style is my ability to identify a student’s intentions and help him/her find their distinctive voice, no matter what compositional genre is pursued. I push them beyond where they think they can go imaginatively.


  • Compositions commissioned and performed by artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Emanuel Ax, Odetta and Cassandra Wilson
  • Works regularly presented at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Koncertgebeow, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, the Ravinia Festival, Westminster Abbey, Spoleto Festival, etc
  • Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome

Career Highlights

  • Score for Bill T. Jones’ “Still/Here,” performed internationally for two years, and the subject of two PBS films
  • Organ premiere, Westminster Abbey
  • Piano trio, first commission from Music at Menlo Festival
  • Sonata for Yo-Yo Ma
  • Song cycle for Jan DeGaetani and Gilbert Kalish

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Goddard Lieberson Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • Bearns Prize, Columbia University
  • Barlow International Competition, First Prize
  • UNCSA Alumni Achievement Award


B.M.The Juilliard School

H.S. DiplomaUNC School of the Arts