This fundraising effort, to name the stage in USM’s Mannoni Performing Arts Center the "Thomas V. Fraschillo Stage," not only recognizes the impact Dr. Fraschillo had on his students and the School of Music at Southern Miss, but also serves as a physical representation of his long-lasting legacy here.
More than a beloved member of The University of Southern Mississippi family, Dr. Fraschillo is an inspiration to all who have had the privilege to work with him. His impact goes beyond just the lives he touched during his 28-year tenure at Southern Miss.
“Dr. Fraschillo elevated his musicality, that of his students and the entire School of Music at USM during his career. His students loved him and thrived under him,” said University Provost Steven Moser. “There is no end to the influence he has had on bands in Mississippi through his conducting, instruction and genuine care.”
In January 2022, director of the School of Music, Dr. Colin McKenzie, along with colleague and friend, Dr. David Gregory, initiated this fundraising project in partnership with the USM Foundation. It is 90 percent complete, with $10,000 left to raise and finalize the effort. While the stage will be named in honor of Dr. Fraschillo, all gifts received will support an endowed scholarship for band students at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Making a gift to support this effort will permanently acknowledge the impact Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo made at The University of Southern Mississippi and beyond.
The USM School of Music is dedicated to its longstanding international reputation for excellence, providing musical and educational opportunities for professional and artistic growth, offering performance programs in band, orchestra, choir, opera, musical theatre, jazz, percussion, guitar and piano. The School of Music also offers leading programs in music education, performance, history and theory.