A native of Medford, Oregon, baritone Philip Frohnmayer graduated with a Master of Music degree from the University of Oregon in 1972. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature from Harvard College, and engaged in postgraduate study at the Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik.
Frohnmayer won top prize in the 1976 Munich International Competition and began his European career singing leading roles in operas in Germany, Luxembourg, and Holland. He has performed throughout the United States, as well as numerous locations in Europe and Latin America.
He has been a regular soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic, and has sung major roles in opera and oratorio under numerous esteemed conductors, including productions with the New Orleans Opera and the Mississippi Opera.
His recordings appear on the CBS, Allegro, Albany, and Centaur labels.
Professor Frohnmayer joined the faculty of Loyola University in New Orleans in 1982, where he is the Mary Freeman Wisdom Distinguished Professor of Opera and chair of vocal studies. He has served on the voice faculties of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
In 1996, Frohnmayer was given Loyola's Dux Academicus Award. In 2008 together with his wife, Ellen Frohnmayer, he received the Gambit Lifetime Achievement Award in music. Additional awards and honors include the Vanguard Award for a commitment to teaching in the African American community of New Orleans, and a lifetime achievement award from the William E. Schmidt Foundation.
Many of Frohnmayer's students have won top honors in regional and national competitions, and his students have sung leading roles for many companies and festivals.
Frohnmayer has completed a book on singing as a lifetime discipline.