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  1. Timo Andres

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    Composer and pianist Timo Andres, a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist, is routinely commissioned by top ensembles including Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    His recent compositions include a piano concerto for Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and a commission for the Takács Quartet from Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series. His current consortium…

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  2. Jeff Beal

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    Jeff Beal is a composer with a genre-defying musical fluidity. His film scores have received critical acclaim, while he remains a respected composer in the concert, theater and dance worlds. Beal’s evocative score and theme for the Netflix drama House of Cards received four Emmy Award nominations, and recently won for outstanding score, bringing Beal’s Emmy tally to fifteen nominations and four statues. Other lauded series include HBO’s…

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  3. Martin Bejerano

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    A world-class jazz pianist and composer, Martin Bejerano heads the jazz piano department at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, while continuing to perform, compose, and record music in his busy schedule. Bejerano has been a member of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roy Hayne’s Grammy-nominated quartet for 14 years. He has also performed and/or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Christian McBride, Dave Holland, Pat…

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  4. Shelton G. Berg

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    Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg is Dean and Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He is widely acclaimed for his energetic and innovative approaches to performance, composition, and pedagogy. Berg has performed and lectured throughout the world and has numerous arrangements, compositions and texts in publication. Berg was previously the McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz…

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  5. Chuck Bergeron

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    Chuck Bergeron, Assistant Professor, heads the Jazz Bass studio and is Program Director for Jazz Pedagogy in the Department of Studio Music & Jazz at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Professor Bergeron teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles and serves as faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. He is one of the most versatile and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz, and an…

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  6. Ignacio Berroa

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    One of today’s greatest living drummers, Ignacio Berroa has played with numerous jazz legends including McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Jaco Pastorius, Tito Puente, Mario Bauzá, and more, and has appeared with major ensembles including the Lincoln Center Orchestra, WDR Big Band and BBC Big Band.

    Born in Havana, Cuba, Berroa began musical study first at the National School of Arts and later at Havana’s National Conservatory.…

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  7. Robert M. Carnochan

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    Robert M. Carnochan is director of wind ensemble activities, conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble, and professor of music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He holds degrees from Towson University (B.S. Music Education), the University of Colorado at Boulder (M.M. conducting) and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. conducting). A Maryland native, Carnochan’s career began as director of bands at Dundalk High School…

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  8. Etienne Charles

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    Etienne Charles is the assistant professor of jazz trumpet at Michigan State University. Hailed by Jazz Times as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” Charles has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. In June 2012, he was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad and…

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  9. Vicky Chow

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    Described as the “new star of new music” (Los Angeles Times), pianist Vicky Chow has performed throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, Barbican Center, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Tongyeong Concert Hall.  She performs as a soloist, a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Grand Band, The Virgil Moorefield Pocket Orchestra, and New Music Detroit, and guest artist with ICE, Wet Ink Ensemble, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. …

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  10. John Daversa

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    Versatile musician John Daversa is an internationally respected trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, and educator. Daversa’s awards and recognition include the Herb Alpert Award, the National Trumpet Competition, the ITG Jazz Soloist Competition, and finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

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  11. Emily Estefan

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    Guitarist, drummer, singer and producer Emily Estefan is a rising star from a legendary family. At her young age, Estefan has already performed with diverse artists including Miami Sound Machine, Carole King, and the LA Youth Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. Her first original song and video “F#ck To Be,” premiered on Entertainment Tonight, and her “I Just Want It To Be Over” premiered at the Miami Beach 100 Concert, featured…

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  12. Jon Faddis

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    One of the most innovative jazz trumpeters alive, Jon Faddis’ unparalleled range makes the practically impossible seem effortless.  His virtuosity was recognized with Manhattan School of Music’s first-ever honorary doctorate in Jazz.

    Faddis began playing at age 7 after seeing Louis Armstrong on the Ed Sullivan Show. At 15, Faddis earned an invitation to sit in with Dizzy Gillespie at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco. …

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  13. Mark Farina

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    Dance Music DJ Mark Farina is known for his unique style of mixing jazz, downtempo and house music. Voted one of the top DJ’s in the world by URB, MUZIK and BPM magazines, Farina is the creator of Mushroom Jazz: West Coast jazzy organic productions combined with East Coast hip-hop and urban beats.

    Early on, Farina guest DJed Friday nights on WNUR Chicago, discovering a passion for vinyl, turntables, and nightclubs.…

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  14. Scott Flavin

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    Violinist, composer, arranger and conductor Scott Flavin is a lecturer in the Frost School of Music’s Department of Instrumental Performance and also serves as artistic coordinator and resident conductor for the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. In addition, Flavin is a member of the Bergonzi String Quartet, Pulse Chamber Music, and often conducts the Frost Chamber Orchestra. He is concertmaster of the Florida Grand Opera…

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  15. Stephen Guerra, Jr.

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    Stephen Guerra, Jr., is a jazz composition lecturer in the department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He is also the conductor of the Frost Studio Jazz Band, winning DownBeat student awards in both 2010 and 2011. In addition he is the director of Community Outreach for the Frost School and managing director of the Henry Mancini Institute. Guerra earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire…

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  16. Alicia Hall Moran

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    Alicia Hall Moran starred as “Bess” on the National Tour of the Tony award-winning Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, directed by Diane Paulus, earning accolades nationwide.

    Last seen at Festival Miami in Gershwin! Gershwin! Gershwin! with baritone Kevin Short and the Frost Wind Ensemble, Moran returns with pianist Shelton Berg for another stellar evening of opera and jazz.  Known for pushing the boundaries…

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  17. Jimmy Heath

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    Saxophonist Jimmy Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist, composer and arranger. One of the legendary Heath Brothers, Jimmy has performed with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, and many more. 

    From his early days, Heath played in big bands with John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Specs Wright, Cal Massey, Charlie Parker and Max Roach. At the age of 21, he performed in the First International…

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  18. Bruce Hornsby

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    Bruce Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s two-and-a-half decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is,” the title track of his 1986 debut album, became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his…

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  19. Ji Hye Jung

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    Called “spectacular” by the Los Angeles Times, percussionist Ji Hye Jung is a rising star in new music. First prize winner of the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and 2007 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition, as a child Jung concertized extensively throughout her native South Korea, making solo appearances with every major Korean orchestra, and her U.S. debut with the Houston Symphony, Hans Graf conducting. …

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  20. Trudy Kane

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    Trudy Kane, associate professor of Flute, joined the faculty of the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2008 after 32 seasons as principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera. She received both a BM and MM from the Juilliard School. Kane is active in the commercial recording field and can be heard on the soundtracks of many film scores. She can be heard and seen on many Met videos including Il Trittico, Manon Lescaut, Peter Grimes…

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  21. Kevin Kenner

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    Winner of the 1990 Chopin Competition in Warsaw as well as bronze medalist at the 1990 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, assistant professor of keyboard performance Kevin Kenner is now recognized as “one of the finest American pianists to come along in years” (Chicago Tribune) and as “an artist whose intellect, imagination and pianism speak powerfully and eloquently” (The Washington Post). He has established himself…

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  22. La Santa Cecilia

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    La Santa Cecilia’s blend of modern music with cumbia, bossa nova, and boleros from their Latin American heritage perfectly reflects today’s bicultural generation.  The band has performed with Elvis Costello, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, and even First Lady Michelle Obama for the League of United Latin American Citizens. Other prominent venue and festival appearances include Lincoln Center, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Reventón…

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  23. Mau y Ricky

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    The incredibly talented singer-songwriters Mau and Ricky join together as Mau y Ricky, under the label of Sony Music. As the sons of the highly acclaimed singer Ricardo Montaner, they share their father’s artistic brilliance and will captivate music fans everywhere.

    Mau (drums) and Ricky (guitar) began their musical career on stage with their father where they played in his band. In addition to their remarkable instrumental talents,…

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  24. Ricardo Morales

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    Renowned clarinetist Ricardo Morales has performed with classical stars including Christoph Eschenbach, André Watts, Emmanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gil Shaham and Kathleen Battle. He is principal clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and was previously principal with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under James Levine.  His guest principal appearances include the Chicago Symphony, The New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic…

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  25. Mark O'Connor

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    Blending American folk tradition and classical music, violinist Mark O’Connor has won two Grammys, six Country Music Association Musician Of The Year Awards, and sold over two million albums.

    A Grand Master Fiddler Champion, O’Connor has recorded with legends Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Randy Travis. O’Connor played in the David Grisman Quintet, The Dregs with Steve Morse, Strength in Numbers with Bela Fleck…

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  26. O’Connor Band

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    The O’Connor Band’s Americana sound, blending progressive bluegrass, country, and indie folk, is already making a splash at venues including the Grand Ole Opry, Dollywood, and Nashville’s Station Inn.

    All six musicians possess impressive multi-instrumental abilities. Grammy and CMA Award-winning fiddle/violinist and composer Mark O’Connor is joined by wife Maggie on fiddle and vocals, son Forrest on mandolin and vocals,…

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  27. The Pop Ups

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    A collaboration between Brooklyn musicians Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein, The Pop Ups have been setting the standard for children’s music since 2010. A celebration of making, building, and learning, their album Appetite for Construction received a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Children’s Album, alongside a National Parenting Publications Award, Parents’ Choice Award and praise from NPR’s All Things Considered,…

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  28. Quattrosound

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    Quattrosound is an innovative acoustic based ensemble that skillfully blurs the lines of music genre boundaries. The four professionally trained members are equally astute at playing a classical piece by Bach as they are at rocking out to Led Zeppelin or picking up Spain by Chick Corea.
    Violin, cello, guitar, an eclectic selection of percussion instruments from around the world, and playful vocal arrangements create a sound that soothes…

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  29. Robynne Redmon

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    Robynne Redmon (mezzo soprano) is an assistant professor in the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Critics have hailed her “glorious singing, intense acting, excellent phrasing, ardent tone, splendid shading and solid coloratura and excellent artistic sense” (Das Opernglas) and for her “exactitude of pitch, her luxuriance of tone, her abundant animal spirit and unerring dramatic…

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  30. Kate Reid

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    Acclaimed jazz singer and pianist Kate Reid is in demand as an artist, clinician and adjudicator at jazz and choral festivals throughout the world. She has appeared with such notables as John Clayton, Mark Murphy, Jon Hendricks, Grady Tate, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Liza Minnelli, Tito Puente, and more.

    Her last album, The Love I’m In, features saxophonist Ernie Watts and pianist Otmaro Ruis. Like her release Sentimental…

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  31. Carlos Reyes

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    Harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes has appeared with Chuck Mangione, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, MC Hammer, The Crusaders, The Rippingtons, Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller and many more.  Reyes performs throughout the world, most recently to Havana to play and record with the great flautist “El Tosco.” Reyes has performed at the Hanover World’s Fair, the Latinoamericando Festival, and even received a Vatican…

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  32. Roy Rogers

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    Roy Rogers’ distinctive style of playing slide guitar is instantly recognizable. Over his long career, Rogers has collaborated with blues legends including Allen Toussaint, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Reyes, and more. 

    Rogers began playing guitar at age 12. After hearing his brother’s Robert Johnson album, Rogers began frequenting San Francisco clubs to hear the great blues musicians. In the 1980s, he formed the Delta Rhythm…

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  33. Ian David Rosenbaum

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    Percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has been praised for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances by the New York Times, demonstrating a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition. He joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in 2012 as only…

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  34. Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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    Gonzalo Rubalcaba, is a multi- Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning Cuban jazz pianist and composer who began studying classical piano, and drums, at age eight. He earned a degree in music composition from Havana’s Institute of Fine Arts in l983 and played in clubs and music halls in Havana. One of the most important and virtuosic Afro-Cuban jazz pianists on the scene today, he first garnered international jazz attention when Dizzy…

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  35. Jon Secada

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    Multiple Grammy-winning superstar Jon Secada has performed extensively worldwide, sold over 20 million albums, and sung with legends including Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton-John and Arturo Sandoval.

    Born in Havana, Secada arrived in the U.S. at age 9.  He graduated from the University of Miami, and worked as a background singer for Gloria Estefan, co-writing the hit “Coming Out of the Dark.”

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  36. Thomas Sleeper

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    The Frost Symphony Orchestra (FSO), under the direction of Thomas Sleeper, maintains an international reputation by performing the standard orchestral literature and expanding the repertoire with new works, commissions, and recordings. The orchestra maintains an active performance schedule, on campus and beyond.

    The Frost Symphony Orchestra has the distinction of performing with some of the most celebrated conductors and soloists…

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  37. Snarky Puppy

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    Snarky Puppy is an eclectic, unclassifiable jazz/funk/global collective: a production team, session band, and original ensemble. Voted “Best Jazz Group” in Downbeat’s 2015 Reader’s Poll, and “Best New Artist” and “Best Electric/Jazz-Rock/Contemporary Group/Artist” in Jazz Times’ 2014 Reader’s Poll, they have earned accolades everywhere from the BBC to the Los Angeles Times.

    Formed in 2004 at…

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  38. Becca Stevens

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    North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed for her unique ability to craft exquisite compositions both for her own band, and for artists…

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  39. Svet Stoyanov

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    Svet Stoyanov is associate professor of instrumental performance and program director of Percussion at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity” and a “winning combination of gentleness and fluidity,” Bulgarian-born Svet Stoyanov is a winner of the 2003 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He made his New York City debut…

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  40. Tiempo Libre

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    Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre’s sophisticated Afro-Caribbean music mixes jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities, and Latin rhythms.  They have shared the stage with Celia Cruz and Aretha Franklin, been featured on The Tonight Show, Live from Lincoln Center, and Dancing with the Stars, and appeared in Cuba Libre, a musical based on their careers and music.

    Tiempo Libre’s U.S. appearances include…

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  41. Chee Weng Yim

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    Chee Weng Yim is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Miami where he studies under Robert M. Carnochan. A native of Singapore, Yim earned the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree from the Georgia State University, under the instruction from his primary teacher, Robert J. Ambrose.

    Yim has worked with prominent conductors both at home and in the United States,…

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  42. Frost Concert Jazz Band

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    The award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band is renowned for its tight and energizing performances, outstanding soloists, and talented student composers and arrangers. In 2014, they won the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Competition, earning them the prestigious opportunity to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Directed by John Daversa, acclaimed composer, trumpeter, assistant professor, and chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz,…

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  43. Frost Flute Ensemble

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    The Frost Flute Ensemble is made up of all the performance majors ranging from freshmen to graduate students. The ensemble has performed multiple times at the Florida Flute Convention as well as at the National Flute Convention. Their performances this year include the New York Flute Fair and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago as well as at Festival Miami. Their repertoire encompasses works from all periods and especially works by the composers…

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  44. Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble

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    The Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble, affectionately called JV1, and the smaller ensemble Frost Extensions, studies and explores jazz vocal music ranging from the styles of The Singers Unlimited, New York Voices and Swingle Singers to contemporary new works by Frost faculty and students. Under the inspired direction of acclaimed vocalist Kate Reid, associate professor and director of the Frost School of Music’s Jazz Vocal Performance program,…

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  45. Frost Studio Jazz Band

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    The Frost Studio Jazz Band under the direction of Stephen Guerra, Jr. is an outstanding group of instrumentalists that perform classic big band repertoire as well as compositions and arrangements by their own members and preeminent artists on the jazz scene today. They are the recipients of a DownBeat Graduate College Outstanding Performance Award in the Large Ensemble category in 2011 and 2015, and perform extensively throughout…

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  46. Frost Symphony Orchestra

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    The Frost Symphony Orchestra (FSO), under the direction of Thomas Sleeper, maintains an international reputation by performing the standard orchestral literature and expanding the repertoire with new works, commissions, and recordings. The orchestra maintains an active performance schedule, on campus and beyond.

    The Frost Symphony Orchestra has the distinction of performing with some of the most celebrated conductors and soloists…

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  47. Frost Wind Ensemble

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    The Frost Wind Ensemble at the University of Miami is an acclaimed ensemble directed by conductor Robert Carnochan. It actively commissions and performs new music at concerts, conferences and festivals. South Florida Classical Review describes the Frost Wind Ensemble as “dazzling” and the New York Philharmonic’s principal trombonist Joseph Alessi commends their “unmatched wind ensemble playing.”

    The Frost Wind Ensemble…

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  48. Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

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    The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the Frost School of Music is a genre-blending ensemble where aspiring elite students learn an array of music in real-world settings. Mentored by HMI Orchestra’s artistic director James Newton Howard and resident conductor Scott Flavin, the HMI Orchestra plays traditional and contemporary classical music, pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Asian, and more.
    Guest artists work with…

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