Established in 2006, the Eastman Luminary Award recognizes individuals who have given extraordinary service to music and the arts at the community and national levels, and whose dedication and achievements set an example for Eastman School of Music students and alumni. The design of the Luminary Award is taken from the round window at the top of the staircase in the Eastman School’s Lowry Hall, seen by generations of students since the School opened in 1921.
Todd Frazier (BM ’92) is the epitome of an artist citizen. Throughout his career, he has embraced music’s power to heal, inspire, and celebrate key moments in American history. As a composer, he has written music performed by such artists as Renée Fleming. As an arts administrator, he founded the American Festival of the Arts, an organization that has enriched the lives of thousands of student musicians for over two decades. And now, as the director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, he is forging new paths that integrate arts and medicine. As a member of Eastman’s National Council, he contributes to and guides the vision of this internationally preeminent school of music. Todd has made extraordinary contributions to the musical and educational life of Houston. Nationally, he continues to champion efforts to build bridges between the medical and artistic communities. Through his work at CPAM, Todd has collected data that scientifically proves what many of us feel: adding music to our lives, particularly where we might not expect it, can have a profound positive impact. Todd’s current work is based on the notion that with creative thinking, seemingly different fields can influence each other and lead to innovation. As he says, “There is an element to science that is artistic in its balance, an element that doctors or researchers can’t learn in the classroom.” The Eastman School of Music is proud to honor Todd Frazier’s dedication to music, to creative thinking, and to scientific innovation by presenting him with the Eastman Luminary Award.