dogs! Armour hot dogs! What kinds of kids eat Armour hot dogs?"
that jingle? Douglas Frank '78 certainly does. His legendary solo
performance at age 9 foretold a string of on-camera and voice-over
successes and a 22-year career in marketing and advertising.
two years ago, he walked away from it all, pledging instead to pursue
a life-long love of ensemble singing and the vocal arts.
and his newly formed ensemble, The Douglas Frank Chorale, have been
recording and touring to the delight of audiences and music critics.
The group's first CD, "The A Cappella Singer," (September
2000) competed with respected vocal ensembles to win the distinguished
Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Classical Album
in 2001. The group is planning outreach seminars and concerts and
a performance of classical and jazz works set to Shakespearian texts
at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York this fall.
parents' tenuous experiences as actors during the Golden Age of
radio (his father performed in Orson Welles'infamous 1938 broadcast
of "The War of the Worlds") conditioned Frank to be wary
of the field. "I learned early on that the performing arts
could be anything but glamorous or reliable. There's an ugly dog-eat-dog
side to it all."
he was raised with a passion for music and performance and enjoyed
a 10-year career as a child actor and singer. He carried his fervor
to Oberlin, founding the Madrigal Singers in 1976. At Oberlin, he
says, he found artists with great integrity and sensitive hearts,
as well as teachers who were motivated by real passion.
Vella '03 Tour and concert dates are available at http://www.dougfrank.com