Dr. William Frabizio

Associate Professor of Music
frabiziw@arcadia.edu

Dr. William V. Frabizio has established himself as an outstanding figure in the field of contemporary music. He is a composer, arranger, conductor, virtuoso performer, author, and artist teacher whose works and writings encompass a wide variety of compositions in virtually all fields of music, and are regularly performed throughout this country and abroad. His many achievements have included network television, recordings and personal appearances with many of the nation’s outstanding artists. Over the years he has written for, conductor for, played for, toured with, and recorded with such names as Della Reese, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Woody Herman, Sammy Davis Junior, Johnny Desmond, Bob Eberly, Eddie Arnold, Bobby Vinton, Jackie Gleason, Paul Sorvino, Joe Piscopo, Arthur Godfrey, Peggy Lee, Debbie Reynolds, and many other singers, variety show performers, recording artists, and television stars.

In the early 1950s he elected to forego his musical background and serve in a combat unit of the U.S. Army. He is a Korean Veteran who also completed a tour of duty as Commanding Officer of an Armored Reconnaissance Unit along the Iron Curtain Borders of Germany and Czechoslovakia. He served as Director of Music at Solebury Private School, he was a band director in the Pennsbury High Schools, taught harmony and orchestration at Temple University College of Music, was a professor of Music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and since 1970, has served as a professor in the Music Department at Beaver College/Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. 

He holds degrees and diplomas from the Trenton Conservatory of Music, Temple University and Rutgers University. In addition to this writings for jazz organizations, he has many works published for symphony orchestras, concert bands, choruses, and a variety of chamber groups. His classical composition have been featured on albums with some of the world’s most respected composers, and he is a frequent guest conductor of All-State, District, and Regional Bands and Orchestras comprised of High School and College students. 

He is often engaged as an adjudicator, clinician, and consultant on behalf of music programs, festivals, and competitions throughout the United States. Dr. Frabizio has a standing invitation to return to England, Germany, and Austria to conduct and speak about his own original compositions of Classical Symphonic and Chamber works, Big Band Jazz compositions and arrangements, and Choral Works.

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