B i o g r a p h y

Violinist Laura Frazelle holds a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied as a violin student of David Updegraff and completed her long-term Suzuki training (Books 1-10) as a student of Kimberly Meier-Sims. Ms. Frazelle holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance cum laude from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Dr. Won-Bin Yim and Piotr Milewski. Additional studies with: William Preucil, Stephen Rose, Elisabeth Adkins, Jacques Israelievitch, Gabriel Pegis.

 

Ms. Frazelle has extensive experience as both a performer and teacher. As a violinist, she plays regularly with orchestras across Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., including the Richmond, Baltimore, Virginia, Fairfax and Alexandria Symphony Orchestras. Other performances have been with the Washington Concert Opera, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and Choralis, where she's served as section leader. She currently serves as Assistant Principal 2nd violin with the American Pops Orchestra and is section violin with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as Concertmaster of the Manassas Chorale Orchestra. She has played at venues throughout the East and West Coast, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Music Center at Strathmore, Benaroya Hall and Severance Hall. 

Ms. Frazelle has performed as a soloist with orchestra on several occasions, most recently playing Ravel Tzigane with the Heights Chamber Orchestra in 2014. Ms. Frazelle’s other projects include performing for weddings and other events in the Washington D.C. area. 

 

As a teacher, she is currently on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area (SAGWA), and runs her own studio at home. She was on faculty at the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute in 2017, and served on the Suzuki faculty at the Levine School of Music for the 2014-2015 school years. 

Her pedagogy training includes:

-Suzuki Association of the Americas registered training Books 1-10, Every Child Can!, and Violin Practicum. Teacher trainers include Kimberly Meier Sims and Ronda Cole

-University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music, String Pedagogy with Kurt Sassmannshaus

-Cleveland Institute of Music, Suzuki Theory training with Dr. Jenny Conner

-Cleveland Institute of Music, Eurythmics Pedagogy for Young Children with Brian Sweigart

-Indiana University, Mimi Zweig’s Violin and Viola Retreat 

-Sato Center for Suzuki Studies, Cleveland Institute of Music, Substitute teacher for theory and Suzuki group classes

 

Ms. Frazelle’s students have received superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Contests multiple years in a row, been accepted into the American Youth Philharmonic and Youth Orchestras of Prince William, been accepted to All-County Orchestras with principal and assistant principal chairs, and gained acceptance into college for music.

 

In addition to music, Ms. Frazelle enjoys decorating, being involved in charitable organizations, and spending time with her dog. She resides with her husband, Daniel, a clarinetist in the United States Navy Band.