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  1. Cyrille Aimée

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    Vocalist Cyrille Aimée has been called “a revelation” by the New York Daily News, and The New York Times called her major label release, It’s a Good Day, “a bravura turn.”  Aimée’s vocals caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encores Special Presentation starring Bernadette Peters at New York City’s City Center in November 2013.

    Raised in France, as a child in…

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  2. Tony Arata

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    Singer/songwriter Tony Arata has worked with the top stars in country music today, including Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris and more.  Arata’s “The Dance” won Song of the Year at The Academy of Country Music, receiving a Country Music Association and a Grammy nomination, plus a most performed song in Radio and Records magazine.

    Born in Savannah, Georgia, Arata began performing his songs…

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  3. Dave Berg

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    Singer-songwriter Dave Berg has composed some of the biggest country hits of the past five years, including the No. 1 hits “Somebody” by Reba McEntire, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” and “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins, and “Moments” by Emerson Drive. In 2007, his co-written song “Stupid Boy,” recorded by Keith Urban, earned a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance.  Berg…

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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. Black Violin

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    Classically trained, genre busting act Black Violin, featuring “Wil B” (Wilner Baptiste) and “Kev Marcus” (Kevin Sylvester), meld highbrow and pop culture, Brandenburg and breakdown.  After playing South Florida hip-hop studios, the duo returned to their roots, fusing the two traditions in their groundbreaking collaboration. 

    Named after an album by African-American jazz violinist Stuff Smith, Black Violin plays…

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  6. Boston Brass

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    For 27 years, Boston Brass has presented exciting classical arrangements, jazz standards, and the best brass quintet repertoire with humor, bridging formality with an evening of boisterous fun. 

    Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, bands, jazz bands and many other ensembles. They have performed throughout the world, and have given master classes at institutions like Eastman School of Music, The Julliard School, Shepherd…

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  7. Robert M. Carnochan

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    Robert M. Carnochan (Car-na-han) 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.  Carnochan 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…

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  8. Craig Carothers

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    Singer/songwriter Craig Carothers has released 15 albums as a recording artist, and numerous other artists have recorded his songs, including Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Performing Songwriter Magazine has hailed his music as, “the right mix of weary-eyed cynicism and helpless hearted romanticism.”

    Originally from Portland, OR, and now making his home in Nashville, TN, Carothers is on the road…

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  9. Charles Castleman

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    Charles Castleman is the newly appointed professor of violin at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. He will teach as a visiting professor during the 2014-2015 academic year, then exclusively and full time at Frost beginning Fall 2015. He was professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music for four decades and department chair for eight years. He is perhaps the world’s most active performer and pedagogue…

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  10. John Daversa

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    John Daversa is assistant professor of music and chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he also conducts the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band. A versatile and internationally respected performer (trumpet/EVI), composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, and recording artist, Daversa joined the Frost faculty in August 2013. He previously taught at California State…

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  11. Joey DeFrancesco Trio

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    The Joey DeFrancesco Trio is renowned for delivering a hard-driving performance that swings straight ahead.  In the lead, jazz organist, trumpeter, and vocalist Joey DeFrancesco is a three-time Grammy nominee and ten-time winner of the Down Beat Critics poll along with countless other awards.

    The precocious DeFrancesco signed his first contract with Columbia Records at seventeen, releasing All Of Me, then touring Europe…

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  12. Simone Dinnerstein

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    American pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s sensational recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations immediately ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Chart and was named to many “Best of 2007” lists, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.  She was bestselling instrumentalist on the 2011 U.S. Billboard Classical Chart and was included in NPR’s 100 Favorite Songs…

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  13. John Easterlin

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    John Easterlin is one of international opera’s most compelling performers.  He makes regular appearances with America’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and more.  He performs at top festivals, including Ravinia, Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, and Saito Kinen Festival in Japan.

    He has worked with famous conductors including Daniel…

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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 is the director of the Frost Chamber Orchestra. He is concertmaster of the Florida Grand…

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  15. Ben Folds

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    Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Ben Folds first found success as the leader of Ben Folds Five. His successful solo career includes multiple studio albums, music for film and TV, and numerous collaborations with artists from Sara Bareilles to William Shatner.  In 2012, Folds reunited with the Ben Folds Five, released a new album and toured the world. In early 2013, they released their first live album.
    Folds’…

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  16. 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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  17. Esther Jane Hardenbergh

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    Esther Jane Hardenbergh (soprano), is associate professor and department chair of the Department of Vocal Performance, and former director of the Salzburg program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Dr. Hardenbergh has toured professionally in the United States and Europe in opera, oratorio and recital. She regularly performs as a soloist with orchestras, conducts master classes and adjudicates. Her students perform on both…

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  18. Natalia Lafourcade

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    Singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade is widely acclaimed in Latin America as one of the most important artists of her generation. She has been recognized multiple times in the industry, and is a three-time Latin Grammy winner, nine-time nominee, and two-time Grammy nominee. In 2015, Lafourcade’s album Hasta la Raiz debuted at No. 1 on the Mexican sales charts, remaining in the top 5 ever since.

    Lafourcade was signed to Sony…

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  19. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

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    The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet features four extraordinary musicians who bring a new energy to the concert stage in programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach, consistently playing to sold-out houses worldwide. LAGQ’s Guitar Heroes album (Telarc), winner of a 2005 Grammy, is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy-nominated LAGQ-Latin.

    LAGQ’s inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh…

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  20. Alexander Magalong

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    Filipino-American conductor, violinist, and violist Alexander Magalong is associate conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra in Miami.  Magalong has conducted the Pikes Peak Philharmonic, Alhambra Symphony, Broward Symphony, Broadmoor Pops Orchestra, and at many honor orchestras, festivals, music camps, youth orchestras, and educator conferences in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Westminster, Jefferson County, and the Boulder Valley.…

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  21. Annie Mosher

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    Singer/songwriter Annie Mosher is an artist like no other. Wild and witty, provocative and poignant, she has been recognized as winner of the Kerrville New Folk award.  She was selected as the 2013 guest singer/songwriter for the ACLU Lifetime Achievement Awards and Bill of Rights Ceremony.  Her song “Goldfish” was recently produced and recorded by British pop icon and Beatles producer Alan Parsons.

    Mosher grew…

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  22. Christopher O’Riley

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    Pianist Christopher O’Riley’s repertoire spans pre-baroque to arrangements of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana.  As host of NPR’s From the Top, O’Riley actively promotes tomorrow’s classical stars.

    An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, O’Riley has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Academy of St Martin, and performed…

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  23. Freda Payne

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    Freda Payne is that rare vocal artist who is stylistically beyond categorization.  As iconic for her timeless beauty and stage appeal as she is for her artistic versatility, Payne remains among music’s brightest shining star survivors.  But she has always first and foremost been a jazz singer. 
    In 1968, she signed with Invictus in Detroit, and a year later released her best-known R&B smash hit “Band of Gold.” …

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  24. Raquel Sofía

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    Singer/songwriter Raquel Sofía is a Spotify “2015 Artist To Watch,” grossing over 3.6 million streams on Spotify in just 6 months, and over 9 million streams to date.  Winner of the Rudy Perez Songwriting Award, her first single “Agridulce” was named one of Beats Music’s “Best of 2014 Pop” songs.

    A digital phenomenon, Raquel Sofía’s first EP, Te Odio Los Sábados, has already received over 7.6 million…

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  25. Kate Reid

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    Kate Reid is associate professor of jazz voice and program director for Jazz Vocal Performance in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. An acclaimed jazz singer and pianist, Reid joined the Frost faculty in 2013 after serving as chair of the music department and head of the applied music and jazz programs at Cypress College in California. She is in demand as a guest artist, clinician and…

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  26. Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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    Gonzalo Rubalcaba, lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz, 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…

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  27. Rey Sanchez

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    Rey Sanchez is associate dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he is an associate professor of music and also serves as the program director for the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program. He is the immediate past chair of the Department of Music Media & Industry at Frost.  Rey Sanchez holds degrees in Composition and Studio Writing/Production from the University…

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  28. Thomas Sleeper

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    Thomas Sleeper is professor of instrumental performance and program director of orchestral activities at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he also teaches instrumental conducting. He is conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Opera Theater, and music director for the Florida Youth Orchestra. A strong advocate for new music, Sleeper has conducted the premieres of numerous works by composers Henry Brant, Carlos…

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  29. Joel Smirnoff

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    Conductor, violinist and pedagogue Joel Smirnoff received a 2011 Lifetime Grammy Award for his work with the Juilliard String Quartet, performing as both second and first violinist with the ensemble for 23 years in total.

    After winning second place in the 1983 International American Music Competition for Violin, Smirnoff was awarded debuts on Carnegie Hall’s Emerging Artists series and Town Hall’s Midtown Masters series. In 1997,…

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  30. Svetoslav R. 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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  31. Sylvan Street

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    Bandleader, composer and bassist Jay Rees formed the eight piece jazz fusion band Sylvan Street in 2008 to perform his innovative collection of original jazz compositions. Rees has appeared throughout the U.S., Canada and Japan, performing with such notable jazz artists as Jimmy Cobb, Lenny White, Paul Horn, and Randy Sandke, and has toured with The Lettermen as bassist, musical director, and featured player on their album release...

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  32. 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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  33. Richard Todd

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    Richard Todd is associate professor, French horn at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. From Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, Richard Todd has earned international acclaim as one of the finest horn soloists today. Gold medal winner of the 1980 Concours Internationale Toulon, he is a Pro Musicis International Foundation Award winner and is continually expanding the boundaries of the horn world. Renowned for his performances…

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  34. 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. They recently won the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Competition, earning them the prestigious opportunity to perform at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival. Directed by John Daversa, acclaimed composer, trumpeter, assistant professor, and new chair of the Department of Studio Music…

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  35. Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble

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    The Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble, affectionately called JV1, and a smaller subset of JV1 members called Extensions, studies and explores vocal jazz music ranging from the styles of the ever-popular Manhattan Transfer, 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…

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  36. 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 perform extensively throughout the South…

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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 resident conductor Scott Flavin, HMI Orchestra plays traditional and contemporary classical music, pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Asian, and more.
    Guest artists work with HMI Orchestra students in the classroom, concert…

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