2023 Competition Panelist
Michael Frazier (he/him, b. 1992) is a Black and Latino composer invested in exploring a kind of music that has a connection to a broader history of Black creative artistry. Heavily influenced and inspired by his love of jazz and hip-hop music, Frazier’s compositional style incorporates an expanded tonal language rooted in expansive harmony with a freer approach to structure and form. At the forefront, Frazier’s music relies on gesture, harmony, slowness, and patience. He earned a PhD in music composition from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.