ELLSWORTH — After an eight-year career as a popular music teacher and band director at Ellsworth High School, Robert Frazier will be leaving the post.
Frazier, who started working at EHS in 2002, has accepted a position at a private Quaker school in Pennsylvania. His wife, Danica, who teaches music at Cave Hill School in Eastbrook and at area preschools, will also be making the move as will the couple’s 6-year-old son, Micah.
“I’ll miss the community quite a lot and certainly the faculty and students,” Frazier said Monday.
His current job was his first after earning a master’s degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Maine.
He will continue working with high school students in his new job.
“It’s a really fun age group to work with,” he said. “I have a lot of fun with them. I feel that we have a great rapport.”
The music program in Ellsworth has expanded during Frazier’s career. The instrumental program has grown and the school has added general music instruction in subjects including guitar and piano. A jazz combo has been created. The high school has also resumed hosting a military band annually.
Frazier said music is part of a well-rounded education.
“It’s important that they be exposed to it and have the opportunity to learn an art form that is familiar but not necessarily familiar how to do it,” he said.
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