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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 the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, 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, a string quartet for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series, and…

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  2. Martin Bejerano

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    A world-class jazz pianist and composer, Martin Bejerano, M.M. ’98, is assistant professor of jazz piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He maintains a busy schedule of performing, composing and recording music. Bejerano has been a member of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Roy Haynes’s Grammy-nominated quartet for 14 years. He has also performed and/or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Christian McBride,…

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  3. Shelton G. Berg

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    Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg is Dean and Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He was previously the McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz Studies at USC Thornton School of Music and a past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). In 2000, The Los Angeles Times named him one of three “Educators for the Millennium.” A Steinway piano artist and four-time Grammy nominee,…

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  4. Chuck Bergeron

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    Bassist Chuck Bergeron, M.M. ’93, is assistant professor and program director for jazz pedagogy at the Frost School of Music, where he also heads the jazz bass studio, teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles, and serves as the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Bergeron is also an active clinician at schools throughout America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Equally versatile on the acoustic and…

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  5. Ignacio Berroa

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    One of today’s greatest living drummers, Ignacio Berroa has played with numerous jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Jaco Pastorius, Tito Puente, Mario Bauzá, and more, and has appeared with major ensembles including the Jazz at 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…

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  6. 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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  7. Etienne Charles

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    Trinadad-born Etienne Charles is a recording artist, composer, arranger, and 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 U.S. Congressional…

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  8. Vicky Chow

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    Described as the “new star of new music” by the Los Angeles Times, pianist Vicky Chow has performed throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Barbican Centre in London, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, and Tongyeong International Music Hall in South Korea. She performs as a soloist, as a guest artist with ICE, the Wet Ink Ensemble, and the Wordless Music Orchestra, and as a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars,…

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  9. 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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  10. Matthew Duvall

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    Matthew Duvall is a co-Artistic Director, founding member, and percussionist of Eighth Blackbird, currently in its 21th season. Championing performing aesthetic redefining the chamber music experience, notable accomplishments include four Grammy awards, the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Musical America Ensemble of the Year 2016, Chamber Music America Visionary Award 2016, competition wins with Concert Artists Guild and…

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  11. Jon Faddis

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    One of the most innovative jazz trumpeters alive, Jon Faddis’s 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. At 18,…

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  12. 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 while living in Chicago, Farina was a guest DJ on Friday nights on WNUR-FM, and discovered a passion for vinyl, turntables,…

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  13. Feedback

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    Feedback, with Josh McDaniel and Michael Greenburg, is the spotlight ensemble for seniors in the Contemporary Media Performance Studio at the Frost School of Music. They compose all original music in various electronic styles. Utilizing the latest technologies in computing and digital instruments, they can be as expressive in live performance as their peers playing traditional instruments. In the concert environment, their focus is on integrating…

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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, and Pulse Chamber Music. He is concertmaster of the Florida Grand Opera, and the Miami Bach Society, and founder…

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  15. Stephen Guerra, Jr.

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    Stephen Guerra Jr., D.M.A. ’16, is a jazz composition lecturer at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is the conductor of the Frost Studio Jazz Band, winners of DownBeat student awards in 2010, 2011, and 2015. He also serves as the managing director of the Henry Mancini Institute. Guerra earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in saxophone performance, an M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and a D.M.A.…

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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, and recognized as a NEA Jazz Master, Heath 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…

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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, B.M. ’77, has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that…

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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, Jung, as a child, 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.

    Jung has…

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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 B.M. and M.M. 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 also be heard and seen on many Met videos including Il Trittico, Manon Lescaut, Peter…

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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 as a world-class…

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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 First Lady Michelle Obama for the League of United Latin American Citizens. Other prominent venue and festival appearances include Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Reventón Festival,…

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  23. Mau y Ricky

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

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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, Emanuel 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 Dixie Dregs with Steve Morse, Strength in Numbers with…

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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.

    The band’s debut album Coming Home debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s bluegrass album chart, was nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award, and appears on Rounder Records and Concord Music Group labels, with multi-Grammy-winning…

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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, The Huffington…

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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.
    Giovanna Moraga Clayton, Leah Zeger, Kay-Ta Matsuno, and Jorge Villaneuva play violin, cello, guitar, and an eclectic selection of percussion instruments…

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  29. Robynne Redmon

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    Robynne Redmon is an assistant professor in the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and program director for the Frost School of Music at Salzburg. Critics have hailed her “glorious singing, intense acting, excellent phrasing, ardent tone, splendid shading and solid coloratura and excellent artistic sense” (Das Opernglas). She has the unusual distinction of having achieved operatic success…

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  30. Kate Reid

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    Acclaimed jazz singer and pianist Kate Reid, M.M. ’96, D.M.A. ’03, 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 Ruíz. Like…

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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, Wynonna Judd, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, and many more. Reyes performs throughout the world, most recently in 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 Kings,…

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  33. Ian David Rosenbaum

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    Percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has been praised by the New York Times for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances, 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 the second…

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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. He began studying classical piano and drums at age 8. 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 Gillespie…

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  35. Jon Secada

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    Multiple Grammy-winning superstar Jon Secada, B.M. ’83, M.M. ’86, 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 Frost School of Music, and worked as a background singer for Gloria Estefan, co-writing the hit…

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  36. Thomas Sleeper

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    Conductor and composer Thomas Sleeper is hailed as “a conductor of persuasive fluency and fiery conviction” by The Miami Herald, and his music has been described as, “hauntingly mysterious,” “richly lyrical,” and “soaring.” An advocate for new music, Sleeper has conducted premieres of works by composers Henry Brant, Carlos Surinach, Robert Xavier Rodríguez, and Roberto Sierra. As guest conductor in the U.S. and abroad, he…

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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 the University of North Texas, various…

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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 who…

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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 Stoyanov is a winner of the 2003 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

    He made his New York City debut at Lincoln…

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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 Manhattan’s Latin club Subrosa,…

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  41. Aaron Tindall

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    Aaron Tindall is assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His solo playing is described as “remarkable for both its solid power and its delicacy,” his orchestral playing praised as “a rock-solid foundation.” With his soothing tone and excellent control of flexibility and articulation, he is a prizewinner of many international solo and chamber music competitions and was a two-time…

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  42. Chee Weng Yim

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    Chee Weng Yim is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in instrumental conducting at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he studies under Robert M. Carnochan. A native of Singapore, Yim earned an M.M. in instrumental conducting from Georgia State University where he studied with Robert J. Ambrose.

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

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  43. 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 2016 and 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…

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  44. Frost Flute Ensemble

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

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  45. 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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  46. 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 South Florida…

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  47. 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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  48. 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 is…

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  49. Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

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    The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra (HMI 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 orchestra plays traditional and contemporary classical music, pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Asian, and more.
    Guest artists…

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