Gazette Sea Foam: Frost is an exemplary representative of Beaufort Symphony Orchestra

September 26, 2011 

Thanks to Barbara Temple of Beaufort for sharing a sketch of a member of the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra.

Barbara is giving us a closer look at our neighbors in the orchestra as it prepares for the four-program season starting Oct. 13. Ticket information is available by phone at 877-548-3237 or at the website, www.beaufort orchestra.org.

Barbara, whose husband, Ted, is on the orchestra board, writes:

CHARLIE FROST

By Barbara Temple

Charlie Frost was born in Red Bank, N.J., the home of the legendary Count Basie, so it should be no surprise that he grew up with music.

He remembers first being aware of classical music as a schoolboy there when the school district brought symphony orchestras to a local theater to play for the students. From then on he knew he wanted to play the piano.

At first he did three paper routes to earn the money for lessons. Then, as a Boy Scout, the organist at the local church offered to teach him to play the organ.

As a student at Red Bank High School, Charlie was sometimes asked to step in for the choir director. He also played the organ at services at Fort Monmouth, a nearby Army base.

Upon graduation, Charlie was accepted to the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.

He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in music there and started a career as a church music director in New Jersey, New York, California and Michigan.

In 2002, Charlie was recruited by the Sea Island Presbyterian Church and remains the musical director there.

As well as his work at the church and being the pianist for the orchestra since 2007, Charlie also is the vice president of the board of directors of the Beaufort Symphony.

He is proud of the orchestra and its professionalism, which he says has grown over time.

In addition to his musical interests and accomplishments, Charlie is a long-distance cyclist, a tennis player, a creative cook and an avid reader, especially of historical fiction and accounts of the Civil War. Charlie's travels have taken him to Europe many times, and he speaks German fluently. No surprise that his favorite composer is Johann Sebastian Bach.

Charlie has spoken fondly of how his interest in music was really created by hearing those world-class orchestras at such a young age. He said his hope is that schoolchildren today have the same opportunities to experience fine music as he did.

We in Beaufort are privileged and fortunate to have this man of many talents as our neighbor.

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