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, TN. 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 ABD as 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 Fine Arts at Briarcrest, Frizzell leads a faculty of twelve full time faculty-artists and is responsible for coordinating curriculum, instruction, and budgets for all of the fine arts programs (K2-12th grade). He also serves as an advocate and school liaison for all of the visual art, instrumental music, vocal music, dance, theatre, and technical production programs. As the Director of Vocal Music, he teaches the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and OneVoice. Additionally, Frizzell works with the middle and elementary school choirs when needed.
A leader in the contemporary a cappella movement, Frizzell is the co-founder and President of the A Cappella Education Association, a nonprofit dedicated to helping groups around the world. His high cappella group, OneVoice, is a SONY Recording Artist. They have produced numerous award-winning albums and have been hailed as “one of the most talented groups…on any level” and “one of the best [a cappella] groups, period”. They were the HS winners of the Macy’s A Cappella Challenge judged by Pentatonix and competed on “America’s Got Talent”. He is also the Director of Education and Marketing for Camp A Cappella.
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. The board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation named him one of “Memphis’ Finest” for his philanthropic efforts. He lives in Memphis, TN with his wife, Emily, his son, Henry, and his dogs, Sally and Ari.
“J.D. is a consummate musician that understands the singer’s voice and role in creating music that inspires. He is technically gifted, musically inspired, and is surely a rising star in the composition world.”Greg Smith, Conductor