Arthur Frackenpohl

Born in Irvington, New Jersey, Art Frackenpohl held degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BA, MA) and McGill University (DM). He also studied composition at Tanglewood in the summer of 1948 with Darius Milhaud and with Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau in the summer of 1950, where he was awarded the First Prize in Composition.

In 1949 Art joined the faculty of the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Until his retirement in 1985, he taught composition, orchestration, theory, piano, and class piano.

With over 400 instrumental and vocal compositions to his credit, his arrangements have appeared on several Canadian Brass albums, the latest being Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and “Sacred Brass”. Art received ASCAP awards annually since 1964 and has also been awarded numerous grants and fellowships for composition over the years, including one from the Ford Foundation in 1959-60 to serve as composer-in-residence for the Hempstead (NY) Public Schools.

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