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Sunday: Memorial recital celebrates the life of Philip Frohnmayer

November 8, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans students, faculty and alumni unite this Sunday, Nov. 10, to present a memorial recital honoring the life and legacy of Philip Frohnmayer, a longtime faculty member and artistic pillar of the music community who passed away in September.

The event is open to the public and set for 2:30 p.m. in Holy Name of Jesus Church, located on Loyola’s main campus.

The program includes music by George Frederic Handel, Gaetano Donizetti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Wagner, among others, and features current College of Music and Fine Arts students Brindley McWhorter, mezzo-soprano; Amanda McCarthy and Emma Grimsley, sopranos; and Justin Wilson and Kameron Lopreore, tenors.

Faculty, staff and alumni joining the recital include Loyola Associate Chaplain Ken Weber, bass-baritone; voice instructors Tyler Smith, dramatic tenor, and Betsy Uschkrat, soprano; and alumni Brandy Lynn Hawkins ’04 and H. Aaron Ambeau ’86. Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. and College of Music and Fine Arts Dean Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., will also make remarks.

Frohnmayer, the Mary Freeman Wisdom Distinguished Professor of Opera and chair of vocal studies, joined Loyola’s faculty in 1982 following a successful singing career. Often recognized for his illustrious career and ongoing contributions to the field of music, Frohnmayer received Loyola’s Dux Academicus Award in 1996. In 2008, he and his wife, Ellen, received the Gambit Lifetime Achievement Award in music. Additional awards and honors include the Vanguard Award for commitment to teaching in the African-American community of New Orleans and a lifetime achievement award from the William E. Schmidt Foundation.

In addition to teaching at Loyola, Frohnmayer also served on the voice faculties of Humboldt State University and the University of Utah. Locally, he was a regular soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and sang major roles in opera and oratorio under numerous esteemed conductors, including productions with the New Orleans Opera Association and the Mississippi Opera. His recordings appear on the CBS, Allegro, Albany and Centaur labels.

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