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Dr. C. Richard Stasney

C. Richard "Dick" Stasney, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the founder of Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM). He is deputy chief of otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) at Houston Methodist Hospital.

He serves in a number of advisory and medical executive positions, including:

  • Director of the Van Lawrence Voice Institute at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Board member of the Voice Foundation (New York City and Philadelphia)
  • Consulting otolaryngologist and trustee for the Houston Grand Opera
  • Board member of Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  • Former board member of the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners,
    Covenant House and Museum of Health & Medical Science

Born in Abilene, Texas, Dr. Stasney attended The Choate School and graduated from Yale with high honors. He completed his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and completed an internship in pediatrics followed by residencies in general surgery and otolaryngology.

Dr. Stasney was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and an instructor in otolaryngology at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Calif.

Jefferson Todd Frazier

Jefferson Todd Frazier is a composer, educator and non-profit leader. He is the Director of The Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital, Founder of the American Festival for the Arts and Houston Arts Partners, and is the former Executive Director of Young Audiences of Houston. His work in the non-profit sector focuses on the arts as a unique and dynamic common denominator in strategic collaboration. He is currently leading research, education and accessibility collaborations between the K-12 Education, University, Texas Medical Center, and the Arts and Culture communities in Houston, TX. He received his undergraduate and graduate training from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and The Juilliard School in New York, NY. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, serves as a Director of the Texas Lyceum, a Member of the Eastman National Council, is an Alumni Advisor to the Wilhelm Schole International Foundation, a Fellow of the US-Japan Foundation Leadership Program and the 2012 Arts in Education Chair of the Texas PTA. On the occasion of the Juilliard School's 100th anniversary in 2006, Frazier was recognized as one of 100 distinguished alumni and profiled in the Juilliard Journal's "A Quiet Revolution: Juilliard Alumni and The Transformation of Education in America Through the Arts."

As a composer, his love for history inspires many of his works, most recently; "Thomas Jefferson", a large scale oratorio based on the extraordinary life and contributions of the third president of the United States, received its premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on April 3, 2011 by the National Symphony Orchestra, soprano Renee Fleming and conductor Christoph Eschenbach and has since been performed as part of Mrs. Fleming's West coast Orchestral tour in March 2012 with the San Antonio, Portland, Seattle, Denver and Fresno Orchestras - "It's a beautiful work and the words of the Declaration of Independence come to life in a powerful way. I'm so happy to be singing Todd's piece for the first time and it's particularly special for me to have premiered it in our nation's capital," Ms. Fleming; "Buffalo Altar; A Texas Symphony," the story of Texas for narrator and orchestra (or piano), has become a popular highlight at literary and historical events across the state with narrators Lucian Douglass, Tommy Thompson and Barry Corbin; and "Save the World: In Memoriam Richard Smalley", for narrator and orchestra, was written to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1985 discovery of nanotechnology at Rice University in Houston, TX.