Robert (Bob) Frederick Fraumann I, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and worshipped at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Bob attended Asbury (College) University in Wilmore, KY (1954-1958) and earned his Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree in Music Education, with a major in Organ Performance and a minor in Voice and Conducting. While Bob was a student at Asbury, he traveled over forty thousand miles with a Gospel Team, “Youth Crusaders,” with George Morris, Robert Carpenter, and Jerry Dooling, for two and one-half years conducting over fifty revivals in twenty-four states and witnessed over six hundred and fifty young people make decisions for Christ in their lives. Unbelievably, all four young men were still only teenagers. During this time in college, he met Janice (Jan) Marie Brown. They dated, became engaged, and married in 1957. He also served three student Methodist churches during his college days.
Bob then attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ (1958-1960) for graduate work, where he earned his Master’s Degree (M.M.) in Music with a major in Conducting and a minor in Organ and Voice. He sang many times in Carnegie Hall with Leonard Bernstein and other conductors with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, singing major choral works including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. While in New Jersey, he served two Presbyterian churches. From 1960-present, Bob has served four Methodist churches in Kentucky and Georgia (fifty-four years) as Minister of Music, Organist, and directing a graded choir program from age four through adult. He has toured with his youth choirs around the United States and Jamaica for over fifty years, performing in over a thousand concerts. Bob has privately taught piano, organ, trumpet, and voice to thousands of students. He has ministered together with over forty pastors in the past sixty years.
He and his wife, Jan, traveled extensively as music clinicians and motivational speakers throughout the United States, Jamaica, and the Caribbean. In 2010, Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia invited Bob to play piano at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Also, Bob and his Chancel Choir at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Marietta, Georgia, sang with Stephen Curtis Chapman at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2014.
Bob and Jan were happily married for fifty-six years. They have two sons, Rick and Greg, who each married wonderful Christian women, which led to four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Bob produced a CD of piano music, which is a blend of classical and Christian music, and a joke book of over four hundred jokes, which can be found at www.bobfraumann.com.