Fraser Joins FacultyYC grad joins music department
by Nathana Faddis—Panther Press
Recently, the YC music department welcomed in a new faculty member to their ranks. Amy Fraser has accepted the full-time tenure track position; she will start the next fall with the 2010-11 academic year.
Fraser is a graduate of the YC music program and worked as an adjunct for five years, even helping direct one Songfest show, as well as running a private piano/voice studio in town. The past two years took her to Fillmore Central School District where she teaches K-8 General and Vocal music and co-directs the show choir. All of her performing groups there received a superior rating at contests.
“Not only did I graduate from York College, but I was one of the first few to graduate with a Music Education Degree,” Fraser reflects. “I am proud to be part of such an amazing group of people. I want to bring others to this same place in their lives and help give them the same experience that I loved and needed.”
Beginning in the fall semester, she will be teaching several music classes, as well as directing the Celebration Singers and acting as a Co-Director of Songfest with Dr. Roush.
“I am extremely excited about the energy, competence, passion, and commitment to excellence Mrs. Fraser will bring to the department, says Roush. “Being one of the department's finest alums, she brings an understanding of what is expected and a desire to continue giving that experience to others.”
Dr. Roush notes her talent, continuing on to say, “She is a great director and an even better teacher. I look forward to her providing such a good role model on how to be a professional and have a family, and have success at both. She has a great personality, and will fit in great with both the department and our majors, [as well as] the campus at large.”
When asked what her initial goals were, Fraser replies: “My goal for this first year at York College is to build relationships with the students as well as those I work with. I plan to challenge my students in their classes and performing groups as well as give them tools to meet those challenges.”
She grew up in Sheboygan, WI, and came to YC in 1997. While at York, she received her Bachelors degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education. Currently, she is working on her Masters in Music with a specialization in Music Education from UNL. She has been married to her husband, Jansen, for over ten years and has three boys, Ross (8), Evan (6), and Boe (almost 4).
For most of their married lives, the Frasers have remained in York, and the town and the college have remained important to both of them. Fraser notes: “York College helped me to become the person I am both spiritually and academically. This is where I figured out who I was, found life-long mentors and met my husband.”