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J.D. Frizzell, a composer, conductor, and baritone, is the Director of Fine Arts and Director of Vocal Music at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee. He earned the double Master's in Music Theory/Composition and Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he also earned the bachelor's degree in Music History and Literature. Frizzell is a candidate for the DMA in Choral Conducting degree at The University of Kentucky.
Frizzell, winner of the 2007 Intégrales Composition Contest, writes music for choir, orchestra, symphonic band, voice, handbells, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments. With music published by many major publishing houses, he has had best sellers throughout the world. Frizzell was chosen by the board of the Tennessee Music Educators Association as the 2011 Outstanding Young Music Educator. Additionally, he was awarded the Dr. Clair E. Cox Award for Teaching Excellence.
As the Director of the Fine Arts department at Briarcrest, Frizzell is responsible for coordinating all Fine Arts programs (kindergarten through twelfth grade). He also serves as an advocate and school liaison for all of the visual, musical, and dramatic arts programs. As the Director of Vocal Music, he teaches the Men's Choir, Advanced Women's Choir, and OneVoice. In addition, he teaches private voice and piano lessons through the Conservatory of Fine Arts.
Frizzell is active as a presenter, adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. As an active member of TNMEA, NATS, ACDA, and WTVMEA, he has served in multiple volunteer capacities, including two‑time Chairperson of All‑West Honor Choir Auditions and Performances and Choral Festival. He also volunteers as the President and co‑founder of the A Cappella Education Association. The board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation named him one of "Memphis' Finest" for his philanthropic efforts. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife, Emily, and his dogs, Sally and Ari.
For more information, please visit www.jdfrizzell.com.