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  1. Bass Extremes

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    Bass Extremes began in the early 1990’s when bass innovators Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey joined forces with the ultimate goal of pushing the limits of what can be accomplished on their instrument, the bass. Transcription and Instructional books, CDs, DVDs, and Bass instructional camps are but a few of the performance and educational collaborations that this extraordinary duo pioneered, and continue to this day. “We believe in…

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  2. Martin Bejerano

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    Jazz pianist Martin Bejerano is assistant professor of jazz piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.  A native of Miami, Florida, Bejerano is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts, Florida State University, and the University of Miami (M.M., Jazz Piano Performance).  After winning third place in the prestigious 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, he moved to New York City and joined the quartet of…

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  3. Shelton G. Berg

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    Shelton G. Berg is Dean and Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he leads a dynamic faculty and teaches outstanding students. 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…

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  4. Chuck Bergeron

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    Chuck Bergeron (jazz bass) is a lecturer in the Department of Studio Music & Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he also is the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Bergeron teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles and is an active clinician at schools throughout the country. He is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz. Equally versatile on…

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  5. 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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  6. Margaret Donaghue Flavin

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    Margaret Donaghue Flavin is associate professor of instrumental performance and program director of Woodwinds at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She has performed in some of the worlds’ major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Zurich Tonhalle, La Scala, and for the Maggio Musicale in Florence. She has performed at international conferences in Oslo, Norway, Manchester, England, Chicago, and New…

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  7. Dave Eggar

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    A musical prodigy as a child, Dave Eggar began playing the cello and piano at age three, performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera at age seven, and debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 15.  He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Julliard School’s Doctoral Program.

    Eggar has performed worldwide as a solo cellist and pianist.  A virtuoso of many styles, Eggar has performed and recorded with artists in…

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  8. Fantine

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    Fluent in Russian, Spanish, English, and French, Fantine is a unique talent with a musical style that reflects her cultural diversity, and is described as a fusion of indie and electro soul. Fantine sees her passion for music as an outlet for self-expression, and this is observed in the great emphasis she places on the lyrics she writes, hoping in that way to connect with all those that listen to her.
    Fantine first came onto the Australian…

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  9. Scott Flavin

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    Scott Flavin (violin and conductor) 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 Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. In addition, Flavin is a member of the Bergonzi String Quartet, and a director of the Frost Chamber Orchestra.  He is concertmaster of the Florida Grand Opera and Miami Bach Society, and founder and music director…

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  10. Genova & Dimitrov

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    Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov, one of the most sought-after piano duos worldwide, started their sensational career with winning all major piano duo competitions, including ARD Munich, Dranoff Miami, Tokyo and Bellini Italy.

    Genova & Dimitrov have performed internationally with leading orchestras and choirs, under conductors such as Eiji Oue, Ari Rasilainen, Hannu Lintu, Emil Tabakov, Alexander Rudin, John Carewe and…

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  11. Wycliffe Gordon

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    Wycliffe Gordon enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. Gordon tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. Gordon received the Jazz Journalists Association 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002, and 2001 Award for Trombonist of the Year, and the Jazz Journalists…

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  12. Gary Green

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    Gary Green, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, teaches conducting and serves as the conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble. Formerly the chair of the Department of Instrumental Performance, Green holds a B.M. degree from Boise State University and an M.M. degree from the University of Idaho. He formerly conducted the University of Connecticut’s Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, and…

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  13. 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 Coordinator of the Henry Mancini Institute. Stephen earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in Saxophone…

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  14. John Hart

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    Jazz guitarist John Hart is a lecturer at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A New York fixture for 29 years, he is one of the most prolific and versatile guitarists on the jazz scene today. He released eight CDs as bandleader on such prestigious labels as Blue Note and Concord and has appeared on over 100 CDs as a sideman, including a 16-year stint with organist Jack McDuff. JazzTimes wrote, “An alum of the Brother Jack McDuff…

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  15. Dorothy Hindman

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    Dorothy Hindman is an assistant professor of composition in the Department of Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Dr. Hindman’s work is performed extensively in the U.S., and throughout Eastern and Western Europe.  Critics have called her music “intense, gripping, and frenetic,” “sonorous and affirmative,” and “music of terrific romantic gesture.”  Awards and recognition include…

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  16. Steve Houghton

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    Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then, he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hooper, Bob Florence, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe, Steve…

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  17. In The Nick of Time

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    Award winning husband and wife team Nick Deysher and Tracey Freitag have been delighting children and families as the musical group In The Nick of Time for over a decade. Blending various styles and genres of music, In The Nick of Time has something for everyone to enjoy.

    Deysher began writing children’s music as a teacher in Massachusetts. The children in his class enjoyed his songs so much that their parents…

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  18. Gary Keller

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    Gary Keller (jazz saxophone) is professor of professional practice in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A versatile saxophonist, Gary Keller has toured with the Woody Herman Thundering Herd and performed and/or recorded with such prominent jazz artists as Kenny Werner, Billy Hart, Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Ira Sullivan, and the late Jaco Pastorius. In the classical realm, Keller…

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  19. Vadym Kholodenko

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    Winner of the coveted gold medal at the 2013 Cliburn Competition, Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for powerful, exhilarating performances that “showed the guts of a true superartist” (San Francisco Classical Voice). He continues to build a reputation for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).…

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  20. New West Guitar Group

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    Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein, New West Guitar Group has been making their mark as a fresh, cutting-edge guitar ensemble. Performing classic popular covers, jazz standards and exciting originals, NWGG combines the acoustic and electric guitar to create their signature sound. Based in Los Angeles and New York, the ensemble tours extensively through the United States and aboard giving concerts and master…

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  21. Mark O'Connor

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    Mark O’Connor (violin, composer) is artist-in-residence at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, his creative journey pays tribute to two musical giants: American fiddler, Benny Thomasson and French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. O’Connor’s first recording ‘Appalachia Waltz’ (Sony Classical), was with Yo-Yo Ma and…

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  22. Rafael Padrón

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    Cuban guitarist, Rafael Padrón, is director of the Guitar Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is also a lecturer in the Department of Instrumental Performance. Padrón has won top prizes in many national and international competitions and has been featured in many international guitar festivals throughout the world. He has also performed both solo and with orchestras in various cities in Cuba, Chile, Venezuela,…

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  23. Marina Radiushina

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    Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Radiushina is described as a “virtuoso whose playing is distinguished by rare depth of interpretation and understanding of style” and a “pianist with enormous temperament and maturity.” Marina made her debut with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Valery Gergiev in February 2012 appearing at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and Theatre Des Champs- Elysee…

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  24. 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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  25. Resound Duo

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    Founded in 2012, the Resound Duo combines history’s two oldest instruments to create a standard repertoire for voice and percussion, unashamedly embracing the greatest art from both secular and sacred sources. Past commissions include Songs of Liberation by Matthew Shaver (2012) and “La Noche Llega” by Brian Martinez (2013).

    During the summer of 2014, the duo premiered three works as an ensemble-in-residence at the soundSCAPE…

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  26. Kevin Short

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    Versatile bass-baritone Kevin Short is an associate professor in vocal performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He also thrills audiences around the globe in a wide range of repertoire ranging from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, to Verdi’s Attila and Don Carlos, and Bizet’s Carmen. Kevin Short has performed…

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  27. 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. Maestro Sleeper began his professional career as a member of Fermata, a group of composer-performers who presented an annual series of concerts throughout Texas.  At age 22, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Dallas Civic Symphony…

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  28. Dale Underwood

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    Dale Underwood (saxophone) is a lecturer in the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Acclaimed by the Washington Post as “the Heifetz of the alto saxophone,” Dale Underwood is internationally recognized as one of the today’s foremost classical saxophonists. Mr. Underwood has toured extensively throughout the world as a featured soloist, performing in every state in the…

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  29. Derico Watson

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    Derico Watson, an accomplished educator and clinician has performed and or recorded with artists such as Victor Wooten, George Duke, Jeff Coffin, Prasanna, Tommy Sims, and Ken Reynolds just to name a few. He also has toured with Marvin Sapp, The Dynamites, Stacie Orrico, and SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten). The Derico Watson Group has appeared with James Brown, Spyro Gyra, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Watson also has presented…

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  30. John Yarling

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    John Yarling (drumset, jazz percussion) is a lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers such as Ira Sullivan & the Inter-Outer Continental Quintet, The Shack Daddys, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Brian Murphy Trio, The Nicole Yarling 4-Tet, and the Jeff Taylor…

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