Skip to main content

Jefferson Todd Frazier
Instructor, Arts Leadership Program

Jefferson Todd Frazier is a composer and system director for the Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, as well as a recipient of the 2017 Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) Award from American for the Arts, which recognizes the best businesses partnering with the arts in America. He is president of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH), founder of the American Festival for the Arts (AFA), co-founder of Houston Arts Partners and a previous executive director of AFA and Young Audiences of Houston. He received his undergraduate and graduate training in composition from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and The Juilliard School in New York, New York. He has spent 25+ years forging and supporting research, education and accessibility collaborations between the K – 12 Education, University, Texas Medical Center, and arts and culture communities nationally. Frazier has contributed to a wide range of publications and studies in the field of arts, education and medicine ranging from music therapy for special needs children, to unique music listening applications in stroke and traumatic brain injury recovery, to the relationship of music theory and history of pipe organ construction, to the resultant vibrations and resonating harmony of a continuous flow dual pump total artificial heart. Most recently, Frazier is proud of his role in the September 2017 publication of the white paper, “Arts, Health and Well-being in America.”