2015-2016 Concert Season
Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan
Tickets: $10 general admission (All proceeds benefit the artist)
Born almost a decade prior to technology’s takeover in 2000, Jeffrey Fratus entered the world on December 8, 1991. Six years hence he picked up his first guitar. Luckily for him, this guitar happened to have strings made of nylon, and it was love at first pluck, so to speak. His parents immediately enrolled him in private lessons courtesy of Jeff Comas with whom he studied for a number of years, receiving a first rate introduction to the classical playing style. From there, Jeffrey took lessons for the remainder of his childhood and high school years with a number of well endowed instructors in the Knoxville area: Craig Carroll, Ben Bolt, Clay Blanchett, and the eminent and wonderfully enthusiastic Lawrence Long.
With the looming prospect of higher education on the horizon, Jeffrey received a scholarship to study with Dr. William Yelverton at Middle Tennessee Sate University in 2010 where he matriculated for the general four years of an undergraduate, earning his Bachelor of Music degree in 2014.
From there Jeffrey auditioned and immediately accepted a full ride scholarship and graduate assistantship position in the studio of Clare Callahan at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. He is currently in his final year of the Masters Degree program there and is honored by the numerous opportunities granted him to teach and perform in the greater Cincinnati area.
Jeffrey passionately enjoys playing the guitar and working towards refining and perfecting his skill, though he knows perfection is unattainable. His favorite composer for the guitar is currently Manuel Ponce, and he has utmost respect for Ponce’s inimitable sense of counterpoint and harmony on the instrument.
It is considered by Jeffrey a great privilege to be able to share his love for the guitar and music in general via the stage as well as in the studio. He hopes one day to be a professor of music and live, play, and teach in Europe.