Cheryl Frazes Hill has served as Head of Music Education and Director of Choral Activities at Chicago College of Performing Arts since 2002. Dr. 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. As Head of Music Education, Dr. Frazes Hill, an award winning educator, teaches, advises and manages the preparation of music education students in coursework for certification in instrumental, choral and general music education grades K-12.
Dr. 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. Dr. 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.
Dr. 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, Dr. 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.
Dr. 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. She has been nationally published on topics in music education and choral conducting.