Nathaniel Fryml, Music and Artistic Director
Nathaniel Fryml is the Director of Choral Activities at Amarillo College and Artistic Director of the Amarillo Master Chorale. Born in Montreal, Quebec, of Czech and Dutch descent, Dr. Fryml was raised and educated in the United States, the first of his family to pursue a professional career in music. He recently completed his terminal degree in choral music at the University of Southern California, with dissertation research focused on cantatas by Antonín Dvorák.
Prior to moving to Amarillo, Dr. Fryml served as assistant conductor of the Angeles Chorale and the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. His doctoral studies in music theory at USC were focused primarily on the Schenkerian method of analysis. A published composer, Dr. Fryml enjoys writing both vocal and instrumental music and has had the privilege of studying with Morten Lauridsen and Mark Kilstofte.
Holding degrees from Furman University (BM, Piano Performance and Music Theory) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM, Piano Performance), Dr. Fryml actively performs as a keyboard soloist and chamber musician. He has taught piano both in private studio as well as in pre-college programs at Furman University and Presbyterian College and has worked as an accompanist at various institutions, including Clemson University, Presbyterian College, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Passionate about music ministry, Dr. Fryml has also served as a church music director, band leader, and keyboardist. He and his wife Joanne are loving every moment of their daily adventure trying to keep up with their sons, Isaac and Theodore, and they feel very privileged to have joined the thriving arts community of Amarillo.
Dr. Jim Rauscher, Accompanist
Professor Jim Rauscher retired in 2016 as a member of the music faculty at Amarillo College, where he taught piano for 35 years, and also served as chairman of the Music Department from 1988 to 2013. He has been extremely active in the Texas Panhandle as a solo recitalist, accompanist, teacher, and adjudicator. Principal keyboardist for the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra since 1981, he has also been a frequent guest soloist with the orchestra, performing such works as Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, and in Liszt/Busoni’s Rhapsodie Espagnol for Piano and Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist with the West Texas State University Band, the Texas Tech University Orchestra, the Texas Tech University Symphonic Band, and the Amarillo Virtuosi of Chamber Music Amarillo. Dr. Rauscher showed an early affinity for music, beginning piano studies at the age of six in his hometown of Medford, Wisconsin. He also studied the trumpet, entering college as a trumpet major. He performed extensively on both the trumpet and the piano, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1979 with majors in both instruments. A Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature degree followed in 1981 from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and he received the Ph. D. in Fine Arts degree in 1991 from Texas Tech University, with emphasis in piano performance. He and his wife, Vanessa, recently retired as the Directors of Music and Liturgy at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Amarillo, where he was the principal organist/pianist.
AMC Board Members 2019-2020
Members at Large