Great Performances

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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 from around…

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  7. 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 comprised…

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  8. 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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  9. Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

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    The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra (HMI) at the Frost School of Music is a genre-blending ensemble that provides an avenue for aspiring top-level students to learn an expansive array of music in avariety of real-world settings. Mentored by HMI artistic director Terence Blanchard and artistic coordinator and resident conductor Scott Flavin, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra plays a full range of musical genres, from traditional and contemporary…

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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 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, Smirnoff was…

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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