Festival Miami

  1. Ron Abel

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    Ron Abel, the multi-award winning composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor and musical director whose client list ranges from multi-million selling pop diva Taylor Dayne to opera diva and Kennedy Center Honoree, Jessye Norman can currently by seen on the new Fran Drescher TV Land television series, “Happily Divorced” playing himself. 

    Abel was personally honored recently and named among the Great American Composers…

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  2. Ludwig Afonso

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    Ludwig Afonso was born January 21, 1978 in Havana, Cuba and came to Miami, Florida in 1980.  He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance from the University of Miami in May 2002.  As a student of the University of Miami, Afonso was given the chance to play in the school’s top ensembles, performing with Maria Schneider, Tony Mendoza, and Bob Berg.  While in Miami, Afonso also performed with such…

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  3. Gabriel Alegría

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    Gabriel Alegría combines his experience playing jazz as it developed in the U.S. with a passionate interest and careful study of the black music of coastal Perú. By incorporating and exploring the common African roots found in both styles, he has developed a uniquely Afro-Peruvian jazz music concept. The rich legacy of the black music of coastal Perú can be heard in a contemporary jazz context. In all of Alegría’s work, a cross-cultural…

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  4. S. Mark Aliapoulios

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    S. Mark Aliapoulios is visiting professor of voice at the Frost School of Music and artistic director of The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches. For a number of years, he served on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and Palm Beach Atlantic University. A baritone, Aliapoulios has appeared as guest soloist with the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Portland Symphony, the…

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  5. Karrin Allyson

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    Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Karrin Allyson moves with ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazz Songbook of Duke and Thelonius and Miles and Dizzy, jet-setting to Rio and Paris and swinging back home to pick up Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb.  Legendary jazz critic Gary Giddins said in The Village Voice: “Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings…

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  6. Lucie Arnaz

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    Lucie Arnaz began her career in a recurring role on The Lucy Show, opposite her mother, Lucille Ball. At age 15, she became a series regular on Here’s Lucy, a show which ran for six seasons. She starred in her own series, The Lucie Arnaz Show and later in the critically acclaimed Sons & Daughters on CBS.

    On the big screen, Arnaz starred in movies such as The Jazz Singer opposite Neil Diamond…

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  7. Patti Austin

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    Grammy winning artist Patti Austin crosses all musical genres as a performer, songwriter and vocalist.  She is one of the most beloved artists in the world, and a mainstay on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts with 17 solo albums.  Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin with the WDR Big Band won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and her album For Ella in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald was Grammy nominated. …

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  8. Steve Bailey

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    Bassist Steve Bailey is a master of styles, from bebop to smooth jazz, rock to country, new age to blues.  Famous for his pioneering work with the six string fretless bass, he has recorded and toured with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman, Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, the Rippingtons, David Benoit, Jethro Tull, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Larry Carlton, Kitaro, Tab Benoit, Johnny Witherspoon, Mel Tormé, and…

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  9. Glenn Basham

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    Glenn Basham (violin) is a professor of instrumental performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He has been a member of the Frost artist faculty since 1992 and the concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra since 1994. He is also the first violinist in the Bergonzi String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the Frost School of Music. Glenn Basham has a B.M. degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and…

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  10. Mason Bates

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    The music of Mason Bates fuses innovative orchestral writing, the rhythms of electronica and techno, and imaginative narrative forms brought to life by cutting edge sound design.  A composer of symphonic music who often includes live electronica in his orchestral music, he has become known as an artist who moves fluidly between those two worlds — performing on electronic drumpad and laptop, for example, under Maestro Michael Tilson…

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  11. Gabriel Beavers

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    Gabriel Beavers is the newly appointed associate professor of bassoon in the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Prior to joining the faculty at Frost, he served on the faculty of Louisiana State University School of Music for six years. Formerly a fellow with the New World Symphony, he has also served as principal bassoon with the Virginia Symphony, acting principal bassoon with the Malaysian…

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  12. 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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  13. Joshua Bell

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    Violinist Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare beauty.  Performing on his legendary 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius violin, Bell’s recognition includes multiple GRAMMYs, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year.

    Bell made his orchestral debut at age 14 with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Appearances last…

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  14. George Benson

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    Ten-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master George Benson is heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops and a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication. 

    Benson’s musical passion began early.  At age eight, he was singing and playing the ukulele in local nightclubs in Pittsburgh. By his teenage years, he had switched to guitar, and his musical sensibilities shifted toward jazz, and the music of Wes…

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  15. Chuck Bergeron

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    Jazz bassist Chuck Bergeron is a full time lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is also 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 and serves as…

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  16. Sharon Bezaly

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    Described by The Times (UK) as ‘God’s gift to the flute’, Sharon Bezaly was chosen as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ by the prestigious Klassik Echo in Germany in 2002 and as ‘Young Artist of the Year’ at the Cannes Classical Awards in 2003. Hailed as a flautist ‘virtually without peer in the world today’ on ClassicsToday.com, Sharon Bezaly has inspired renowned composers as diverse as Sofia Gubaidulina…

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  17. Terence Blanchard

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    Terence Blanchard is a legendary jazz trumpeter who recently joined the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as artistic director.  Blanchard has more than 29 albums to his credit, earning a “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” Grammy for his performance on Jeff “Tain” Watts’s project, Watts, a Grammy for his solo for “Be-Bop” on Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival, and a…

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  18. Tony Boutté

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    Tony Boutté (tenor) is assistant professor of vocal performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Boutté graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in voice and tuba; earned a Master’s Degree and Performance Certificate from Eastman School of Music; then studied in England at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies. He recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree…

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  19. Dee Dee Bridgewater

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    Over the course of her multifaceted, 40-plus-year career, the Grammy and Tony Award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater has risen to the top tier of today’s vocalists. She earned her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 1970s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1974 she broke into Broadway and earned a 1975…

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  20. Jackson Browne

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    Multi-Grammy nominee Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Jackson Browne, his debut album, came out on David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1972. Rolling…

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  21. Amy Burton

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    Amy Burton is one of New York’s most notable singers, at the Metropolitan Opera from 1993 to the present, and as one of New York City Opera’s leading sopranos in over a dozen productions.  From her New York debut recital at the 92nd Street Y in 1997 to her appearance with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center this season, Burton is a vital part of New York’s cultural scene, performing with Mostly Mozart Festival, The…

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  22. Isaac Bustos

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    Classical guitarist and educator Isaac Bustos’ performing career has taken him throughout North and Central America and Europe.  He has garnered top prizes in major international competitions, including the Miami International Guitar Competition, JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, Boston GuitarFest Competition and the prestigious Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Alhambra in Valencia, Spain.

    Bustos has…

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  23. Elizabeth Caballero

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    Cuban American soprano Elizabeth Caballero has been heard in many theaters throughout North America including the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, New York City and many others. Her performance as Musetta in La Boheme at the New York City Opera was praised by the New York Times as “the evening’s most show-stopping performance offering a thrilling balance of pearly tone, exacting technique and brazen physicality.” …

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  24. Craig Campbell

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    Singer-songwriter Craig Campbell became one of the most successful new artists of 2011 when his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album was released. His first single, “Family Man,” was a Top 15 hit and was featured on HBO’s True Blood. In 2012, Campbell received a plaque commemorating four consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and over a half million downloads. Campbell also won…

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  25. Juan Chattah

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    Juan Chattah is assistant professor of theory and composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He holds a M.M. and a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Florida State University, a B.M. in Piano Performance from the Utrecht Conservatorium (The Netherlands), and a Certificate of Music Education from the Conservatorio de Musica in Cordoba (Argentina). As theorist, his primary research interest concerns the application…

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  26. Huifang Chen

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    Conductor Huifang Chen enjoys a dual career as a performer and an educator.  In addition to being the Music Director of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, she is a frequent guest conductor for Alhambra Orchestra and Broward Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. Chen was the interim Director of Orchestra at the Florida International University from 2009-2010, and has led orchestras in major venues including Carnegie Hall.

    As violinist,…

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  27. Willy Chirino

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    Willy Chirino combines the musical traditions of Cuba with American rock and jazz, helping to create the Miami Sound of Salsa music. The Cuban-born, South Florida-based, vocalist and bandleader boasts a musical repertoire of over 100 songs and 30 albums, making him one of the most emblematic Tropical music acts internationally.  A demonstration of his talent is that more than 60 artists have covered his hit Soy, among…

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  28. John Clayton

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    Grammy-winning bassist, composer, and conductor John Clayton’s talents are consistently requested by jazz industry luminaries such as Quincy Jones and Tommy LiPuma.  His awards include the legendary Leonard Feather’s Golden Feather Award and the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s Composer/Arranger award.  Clayton’s arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” went platinum and was performed by Whitney Houston at the 1990 Super…

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  29. Freddy Cole

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    Lionel Frederick Cole plays piano and sings, and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like his brother, Nat “King” Cole.  But with his raspier, smokier voice, he has distinguished himself from his older sibling.  His vocals - suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate - are among the most respected in jazz.  An Atlanta resident, Cole leads a trio including guitarist Randy Napoleon, drummer Curtis Boyd and bassist…

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  30. Michael Colgrass

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    Composer Michael Colgrass began his musical career in Chicago, where his first professional experiences were as a jazz drummer. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1954 with a degree in performance and composition. He also trained with Darius Milhaud at the Aspen Festival and Lukas Foss at Tanglewood.

    He began his professional composing career in New York City, where he also worked as a free-lance percussionist for the…

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  31. Timothy Conner

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    Timothy Conner (trombone)  is a lecturer in the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Tim Conner held the position of principal trombone with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for 18 years. During his orchestral career he performed with the Spoleto, Chautauqua, Heidelberg, and Bedford Springs Festival orchestras, the National Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.…

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  32. Frank Cooper

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    Frank Cooper is research professor emeritus in the Department of Musicology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he lectured and taught harpsichord for 30 years. He retired in May 2013. Truly a Renaissance scholar, he has devoted his life to studying the arts while simultaneously pursuing careers as a teacher, writer, lecturer and performer. An expert on keyboard performance practices, he recently performed the Bach Double…

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  33. Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra

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    The Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra is devoted to classical and choral music and the lyrical arts. It is part of Costa Rica’s National Music Center, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

    In 1940, Uruguayan Conductor Hugo Mariani and Costa Rican Conductor Alfredo Serrano founded the National Symphony Orchestra, part of the Ministry of Public Education.  In 1970, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports…

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  34. Tomas Cotik

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    Violinist Tomas Cotik, currently pursuing his doctorate in violin performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, is an internationally recognized chamber musician, soloist, and orchestra musician.  First prize winner of the National Broadcast Music Competition in his native Argentina in 1997, Cotik has concertized in Germany, Holland, Canada, Argentina, Japan, and throughout the U.S., participating in over 15 international…

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  35. Michael Daugherty

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    Michael Daugherty is one of the ten most performed living American composers.  He first came to attention in 1994 when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performed his Metropolis Symphony at Carnegie Hall.  In 2011, the Nashville Symphony’s recording of his Metropolis Symphony and Deus ex Machina won three Grammy Awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

    Daugherty’s awards include…

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  36. Andrew D’Angelo

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    Appearing in INSPIRED IMPROVISATION with Matt Wilson,Andrew D’Angelo’s charismatic presence and iconoclastic musical ambition have been well-established over the course of his career and his key roles in bands like Human Feel, the Matt Wilson Quartet, and Tyft. His dedication to pushing his limits and his willingness to delve into new musical areas has been a powerful inspiration to his peers and to a new generation of improvisers. His…

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  37. Ramón de Bruyn

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    Raised in South Africa, Ramón de Bruyn, appearing in ¡CELEBRACIÓN! with Gabriel Alegria, started out playing guitar and picked up the electric bass at the age of 13. While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Cape Town, he started studying the double bass and piano. He has played with artists such as Sibongile Khumalo, Winston Mankunku, Neo Muyanga, Deborah Tanguy, Frank Paco as well been part of various ensembles…

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  38. Margaret Donaghue Flavin

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    Clarinetist 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 appeared at international conferences in Oslo, Norway, Manchester, England, Chicago,…

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  39. Paul Dooley

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    Composer Paul Dooley’s music embraces a cross-cultural range of contemporary music, dance, art, technology and the interactions between the human and natural worlds.  He has composed for solo instrument, orchestra, band, electronics, and chamber ensemble. 

    Recognition for Dooley’s music includes a 2010 BMI composer award, a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a fellowship to the 2008 Aspen Music Festival Composition…

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  40. Lamont Dozier

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    Lamont Dozier as a member of Holland-Dozier-Holland, is responsible for writing and producing over 54 #1 hits for The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and a host of others, giving them credit for being the architects of the Motown sound. As a result, he has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, from which he recently received the 2009 Johnny Mercer Award, the highest praise a songwriter can…

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  41. Dr. John

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    Multiple Grammy Award winner Dr. John, also known as Mac Rebennack, is the embodiment of the rich musical heritage of New Orleans.  After a half century, Dr. John writes, arranges, produces and interprets with a passion that hasn’t waned.

    His colorful career began in the 1950s working on recordings with Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.  In the 1960s, he went west, playing on records by Sonny and…

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  42. Judy Drucker

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    Judith Drucker is internationally beloved for making the Concert Association of Florida one of the world’s most formidable artistic presenting organizations in Florida since 1967. Thereafter, she formed the Great Artists Series. Drucker has presented the world’s most eminent classical musicians in South Florida, including: Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Zubin Mehta, Beverly Sills, Cecilia Bartoli,…

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  43. Susan Egan

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    Susan Egan, appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER, has traversed all four corners of the entertainment industry, making powerful impressions in theatre, film, television and music. She headlined on Broadway as Thoroughly Modern Millie, won critical acclaim as Broadway’s (longest-running) “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret, starred in Triumph of Love and State Fair, and received Tony Award® and Drama Desk® nominations for “Best…

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  44. 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 Juilliard School’s Doctoral Program.

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

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  45. Luis Enrique

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    With more than 20 years of successful artistic experience, Luis Enrique, is without a doubt, the most prominent Nicaraguan singer/songwriter of all times. With 3 Latin Grammy Awards, an American Grammy, 4 Premio Lo Nuestro, 4 Latin Billboard Awards, 2 Premios Ronda as well and many more recognitions he is one of the most respected artist in the Latin entertainment industry. Better known as “El Príncipe de la Salsa”, this versatile…

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  46. Gloria Estefan

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    Gloria Estefan is a seven-time Grammy award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved performers and one of the most successful crossover artists in Latin music history, having received recognition for her achievements as an international superstar in both the Latin and non-Hispanic…

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  47. 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 who listen to her.

    Fantine first broke out on the…

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  48. Michael Feinstein

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    Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

    Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy Award nomination in 2009 for The Sinatra Project.…

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  49. Diego Figueiredo

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    Guitarist Diego Figueiredo’s music fuses jazz, bossa nova and classical styles into unique interpretations marked by technique and emotion. He has won the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize, released over 19 albums, three DVDs, and several books. He has performed in over 40 countries around the world.
    Born in Franca, Brazil, Figueiredo played many instruments before choosing the electric guitar. By the age of 15, he was…

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  50. Sammy Figueroa

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    Percussionist Sammy Figueroa is considered one of the world’s great musicians. In a career spanning over 30 years he has played with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, the Brecker Brothers, Mariah Carey, David Bowie, John McLaughlin, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Chaka Khan, Blues Traveler, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Merchant and countless others. He has also co-produced several albums; most notably for the Cuban a cappella group Vocal…

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  51. Deborah Fleisher

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    Deborah Fleisher (harp) is on the faculty of the Frost School of Music as lecturer in the Department of Instrumental Performance. Deborah began harp studies with her grandmother, Nettie Druzinsky, at age seven. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Marilyn Costello and received an Artists Diploma from the Peabody Institute as a student of Ruth Inglefield. Deborah also worked with Alice Chalifoux and Gloria…

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  52. Leon Fleisher

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    At 83 years young, 2012 Stamps Distinguished Visitor Leon Fleisher continues to thrive as a conductor and pianist.  The youngest-ever student of Artur Schnabel, Fleisher debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 1944.  In 1952, he became the first American to win the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, establishing him as one of the world’s premier classical pianists.
    At age 36, a neurological affliction left two…

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  53. Rachelle Fleming

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    With a “glorious, rich voice and a timbre that goes directly to the heart,” Rachelle Fleming has touched audiences in a wide variety of music styles ranging from cabaret to classical.

    This versatile vocalist and actress has collaborated with acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch for “Classical Action,” a New York-based non-profit devoted to AIDS awareness, as well as for her demo recording, which includes the standards…

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  54. Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir

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    The internationally award-winning Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir was founded in Fort Lauderdale in 1975. The choir consists of boys, ages eight through fourteen, selected from the South Florida community by audition.  Those selected are then rigorously prepared through a multi-level music education program for participation in one of the three choirs, the Training Choir, the Residence Choir, and the Concert Choir.
    The Boychoir…

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  55. J.B. Floyd

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    J.B. Floyd is professor emeritus of keyboard performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he served as department chair for many years. JB Floyd’s musical interests are diverse. As a pianist, composer, and improviser, his music making includes classical piano recitals and solo appearances with orchestra; new music performances as a soloist and collaborator; and jazz concerts. His compositions include solo piano pieces,…

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  56. Paulinho Garcia

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    Guitarist, vocalist, and composer Paulinho Garcia exemplifies Brazilian music, earning “Best International Brazilian Vocalist 2013” from the Brazilian International Press Award, and “Brazilian Person of the Year 2010” by The Brazil Club.  The multi-talented Garcia was also named “Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz 2010” from the Chicago Tribune and “Chicago’s Best Jazz Entertainer 2001” from the Chicago Music Awards.

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  57. Gemini

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    Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1949, twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits emigrated with their parents after the 1956 Revolution and lived in Israel for three years before moving to the United States. At age seven, Laz began studying violin and San piano, but by then they’d already been singing in public for almost three years. However, it wasn’t until after they graduated from The University of Rochester (San with a BA in…

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  58. 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 International Music Competition (Munich), Dranoff International 2-Piano Competition (Miami), Tokyo Piano Duo Competition, and Bellini Music Competition (Italy).

    The Genova & Dimitrov Duo have performed internationally with leading orchestras and…

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  59. Benny Golson

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    NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and was recently named a Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend. A tenor saxophonist known for his expressive playing, his career spans a remarkable six decades—from his early years with John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, to his continued success as a solo performer and composer, arranger, lyricist and producer—Benny Golson…

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  60. Fernando Gonzalez

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    Writer and Editor Fernando González regularly contributes to The Miami Herald, Jazz Times, The International Review of Music, Latingrammy.com, and other publications.  As a music journalist, González has been Managing Editor of JAZZIZ, correspondent for The Washington Post, and staff music critic for The Miami Herald and The Boston Globe.  He was Managing Editor of El Sitio.com United…

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  61. Wycliffe Gordon

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    Wycliffe Gordon’s hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz and signature sound has earned him recognition as “Best in Trombone” by the 2012-2014 DownBeat Critics Poll and “Trombonist of the Year” by Jazz Journalists Association in 2001-2002, 2006-2008, and 2011-2013.  A former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Gordon tours regularly as a soloist and leads the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet,…

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  62. Marjorie Gould Hahn

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    Marjorie Gould Hahn is in her 40th year as conductor and teacher of the South Florida Youth Symphony organization.  She became the Executive Director ten years ago, has guided the organization to a superb level of programming, teaching, touring and ensemble development. In addition to holding the podium for the youth symphony, she has secured and appointed a musical staff dedicated to the development of South Florida’s young talent. …

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  63. Denyce Graves

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    USA Today identifies mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as “an operatic superstar of the 21st Century.”  The combination of her rich, expressive vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals, as well as delight audiences in concert and recital appearances. She is particularly known for her performances in the title roles of Carmen and Samson et Dalila

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  64. 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. He has conducted the Frost Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, and has been invited on numerous occasions to conduct at the prestigious College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). He served for many years as the chair of the Frost School’s Department of Instrumental…

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  65. Dave Grusin

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    Dave Grusin is a Grammy Award-winning pianist and Academy Award-winning composer with over 30 scores to his credit.  He began his career as music director and pianist with vocalist Andy Williams (1959-1966). He met drummer Larry Rosen in the band, and the two became business partners nearly two decades later when they launched the contemporary jazz label, GRP Records.

    Grusin’s early recordings as a leader were two jazz trio…

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  66. Alicia Hall Moran

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    Mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran brings her diverse influences and passions together in a rich artistic brew. Her performance as Bess in Broadway’s 2012 “Best Musical Revival” Tony-winner The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, was critically acclaimed.

    Moran’s performances uphold the traditions of her great, great uncle Hall Johnson, the legendary choral director, composer, and preserver of the Negro Spiritual, as well…

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  67. Hansel y Raul

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    Hansel Enrique Martinez and Raul Alfonso were born in Cuba. Their musical careers began in 1976 New York City as vocalists and co-founders of the world famous Charanga ‘76.  In 1983, they formed what is now considered the most dynamic and successful duo in the history of Latin tropical music. They are international recording stars and renowned composers who have performed their Charanga based music all over the…

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  68. Ross Harbaugh

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    Ross Harbaugh (violoncello) is professor of instrumental performance and program director, Strings, at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where, in addition to teaching cello, he is the faculty mentor for the undergraduate Stamps String Quartet and works with graduate string quartets. Ross Harbaugh is cellist of the well-known American Bergonzi String Quartet.  His distinguished teachers include Janos Starker, Leonard Rose,…

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  69. Niki Haris

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    Singer Niki Haris’ experience reads like a who’s who of the music world. From pop to R&B and jazz, she has worked with Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Leann Rimes, Santana, Kylie Minogue, Luther Vandross, the Righteous Brothers, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and many more.

    The daughter of jazz pianist Gene Harris, she toured with her father promoting their albums Down Home Blues and In His Hands.…

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  70. 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 albums as bandleader on such prestigious labels as Blue Note and Concord and has appeared on over 100 albums as a sideman, including a 16-year stint with organist Jack McDuff. JazzTimes wrote, “An alum of the Brother…

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  71. Nicole Henry

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    Jazz vocalist Nicole Henry’s expressive, soulful voice and uplifting energy has earned her three top 10 albums along with international accolades from Moscow to Madrid.

    Growing up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Henry pursued the arts early on, singing in school and church, and studying cello and ballet. After graduating from the University of Miami, Henry launched a successful acting career, appearing in commercial roles and voiceover…

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  72. Karen Henson

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    Karen Henson is associate professor of Musicology at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century opera, singers and opera performance, and opera and technology. Professor Henson trained at the University of Oxford and in Paris, and her work has been supported by fellowships and awards from The British Academy, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard…

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  73. Jennifer Higdon

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    Composer Jennifer Higdon, a major figure in contemporary classical music, is one of America’s most frequently performed composers. Her works represent a range of genres, including orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and wind ensemble music.

    Higdon received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto.  She has also received awards from the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy…

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  74. Dorothy Hindman

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    Dorothy Hindman is an associate professor of composition in the Department of Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. 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 the 2005 Almquist…

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  75. Bruce Hornsby

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    Frost School of Music alumnus Bruce Hornsby, a 13-time Grammy nominee, has won three Grammys: 1987 “Best New Artist” for the debut album The Way It Is; 1989 “Best Bluegrass Recording” for his hit “The Valley Road” from the album Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume II; and with Branford Marsalis in 1993 for “Best Pop Instrumental Performance” for their song “Barcelona Mona,” written…

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  76. Steve Houghton

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    Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age 20 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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  77. Claire Huangci

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    Claire Huangci won both the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, Germany in October 2009 and the National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States in March 2010 for her distinguished Chopin interpretations.

    Born in Rochester, New York, Claire has played the piano since she was seven years old. Now 20, she studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with G. Graffmann and E. Sokoloff and is continuing her music education…

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  78. Delma Iles

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    Delma Iles holds an M.F.A. Degree in Dance from New York University and a B.A. in Teaching of Dance from Virginia Intermont College. She has danced with the Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Atlanta Ballet. In New York she worked with Rachel Lampert and Dancers and Stuart Hodes as well as choreographer Steve Goldbas and theatre director Mark Roth.

    In Miami, Iles has been a soloist with Fusion Dance Company and Guest…

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  79. Imani Winds

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    More than North America’s premier wind quintet, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers…

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  80. 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 began asking where…

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  81. Rene Izquierdo

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    As a concert artist, classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo has performed throughout North America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Asia, and Europe as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra.  He has received critical acclaim from Classical Guitar Magazine and other publications for his performances, and was the winner of numerous competitions, including the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura…

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  82. Thomas Jaber

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    Thomas Jaber is Professor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and Music Director of the Rice University Chorale. For the past 24 years, he has coached singers, collaborated as pianist, organist and harpsichordist in countless recitals with both faculty and students, conducted chorus and orchestra concerts, and several operatic productions at Rice University and around the country. In 2007, Jaber was guest conductor…

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  83. Juan Pablo Jofre

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    Bandoneonist Juan Pablo Jofre has brought his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist, composer and arranger.

    As a performer, Jofre earned Argentina’s highly competitive National Arts Grant to study with legendary Astor Piazzolla’s Sextet bandoneon player, Julio Pane in Buenos Aires.  Jofre has collaborated with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,…

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  84. Alan Johnson

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    Alan Johnson is associate professor of vocal performance, and program director of the Frost Opera Theater at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and is the recipient of the 2012 Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. Johnson has led numerous opera, music theater, concert, and dance works by today’s most innovative composers, including Nicholas Brooke, Douglas Cuomo, Tina Davidson, Anthony Davis, Phillip…

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  85. Yuri Juárez

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    Appearing in ¡CELEBRACIÓN! with Gabriel Alegria, Yuri Martín Juárez Yllescas is a Peruvian guitarist, arranger and composer who began his career in 1996 as guitarist for various groups of Afro-Peruvian music, folk, and fusion. Juárez’s musical training ranges from formal studies with the Afro-Peruvian masters of the guitar Pepé Torres, Alvaro Lagos, and Jorge Madueño and more “street” experience in Afro-Peruvian peñas.

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  86. Dennis Kam

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    Dennis Kam is professor emeritus in the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he served previously as department chair for several decades.  He retired in May 2013. While at Frost, he also conducted the Other Music Ensemble (for the performance of new music). He is currently composer-in-residence for the South Florida Youth Symphony. Recent recordings of Professor Kam’s…

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  87. 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 of Music. Upon graduation she freelanced and spent two years as a regular extra with the New York Philharmonic. Kane is active in the commercial recording field and can be heard on the soundtracks of many…

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  88. Jorma Kaukonen

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    Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is a highly respected interpreter of American roots music, blues, Americana, and popular rock-and-roll. A founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Kaukonen is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

    Born in Washington, D.C., Kaukonen was a devotee of rock-and-roll, blues and bluegrass. At Antioch College, Kaukonen learned the fingerstyle fretwork of the Reverend Gary Davis.  After moving to…

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  89. 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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  90. Karen Kennedy

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    Karen Kennedy is associate professor and director of choral studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she conducts the Frost Chorale and other choral ensembles. She is also artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida. She previously held the positions of chorus director for the Honolulu Symphony, director of choral activities at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, and director of choral activities at Towson…

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  91. Michael A. Kerker

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    Michael A. Kerker has been Director of Musical Theatre for ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) since 1990. In addition to coordinating ASCAP’s Musical Theatre Workshop in New York, he works with Disney Theatricals to produce the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles, (both of which are led by composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz).  Together with Michael Feinstein, Michael Kerker produces a regular…

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  92. Vadym Kholodenko

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    Winner of the coveted gold medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano 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”...

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  93. Lynn Klock

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    Lynn Klock is in demand as a saxophone soloist and Selmer clinician throughout the United States and abroad.  He has performed as a featured artist in Great Britain, Canada, and the British and American Virgin Islands and has the distinction of being the first saxophonist to be presented on the Warsaw Philharmonic Recital Series in Warsaw, Poland.  His Carnegie Hall debut received great acclaim from Peter G. Davis of the New York…

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  94. Kirk Knuffke

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    Appearing in INSPIRED IMPROVISATION with Matt Wilson, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has studied improvisation with great jazz artists Ornette Coleman, Art Lande and Ron Miles. He currently leads his own groups, including the Kirk Knuffke Quartet and trio, with 3 recordings now available as a leader for the Cleanfeed and No Business labels.

    Knuffke stays very busy as a member of the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet, touring the US, performing…

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  95. Julian Lage

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    When Julian Lage, appearing with Mark O’Connor in SIZZLING HOT SWING, emerged on the music scene 13 years ago, the young San Francisco Bay Area-based musician was not only deemed a guitar-playing prodigy, but he was also offered record deals on numerous occasions. Lage played a unique style that melded blues, classical, folk and jazz influences. He became a sideman with established instrumentalists like Gary Burton and to collaborate…

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  96. Larry Lapin

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    Larry Lapin is professor emeritus and former program director of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He retired in May 2013 after 45 years of teaching at UM. A pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Larry Lapin’s career is vast, including performances with jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Bobby Shew, Johnny Smith, George Duvivier and Sarah Vaughn. In addition, he has appeared with such show…

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  97. Jeff Lederer

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    Jeff Lederer is a saxophonist, performer, teacher, and arranger/composer. Born in Los Angeles, he attended Oberlin College, studying comparative religion, and earned the Masters of Music degree from Western Michigan University. As a saxophonist, he currently tours internationally and records with Matt Wilson Quartet as well as with Salsa artist Jimmy Bosch. Lederer has also performed with the Mingus Big Band and Latin music legend Tito Puente.…

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  98. Laura Andrea Leguía

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    Appearing in ¡CELEBRACIÓN!, saxophonist and composer Laura Andrea Leguía has participated in Gabriel Alegría’s Afro-Peruvian jazz projects since their inception in the year 2000. She contributed the title track of the album Un Rezo and is featured prominently on two tracks on Nuevo Mundo. Leguía has toured the USA, Latin America, Europe and Canada with various Afro-Peruvian jazz projects and her performing and recording…

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  99. Colby Leider

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    Colby Leider is associate professor and program director of the Music Engineering Technology Program (MuE), in the Department of Music Business & Entertainment Industries at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He is associate editor of Computer Music Journal and works as a consultant in patent-infringement cases involving audio and new media technologies. He holds degrees from Princeton, Dartmouth, and the University…

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  100. Cecile Licad

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    Called “a pianist’s pianist” by The New Yorker, Cecile Licad has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Honolulu, Nashville, Virginia and Tucson, and at many festivals, including Santa Fe, La Jolla and Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea. She has appeared under Claudio Abbado, Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Gerard Schwarz,…

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  101. Dave Liebman

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    David Liebman’s four-decade career as a saxophonist/flautist began in the 1970s with the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups.  Since then he has led his own groups including Lookout Farm, Quest, and The Dave Liebman Group, featuring John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Al Foster, John Abercrombie and Vic Juris.

    His eclectic repertoire ranges from original adaptations of standards to 20th century inspired…

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  102. Chris Lightcap

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    Bassist and composer Chris Lightcap simultaneously played violin in a local youth symphony and took gigs on bass guitar with local rock bands as well as his school’s jazz and concert bands. Upon graduating from Williams College, he moved to his current home, New York City.

    Lightcap has performed and recorded within the New York’s jazz and contemporary music scenes. With two critically acclaimed albums of original music, Lightcap…

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  103. Gary Lindsay

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    Grammy-nominated Gary Lindsay is professor and program director, Studio Jazz Writing, at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Lindsay is an arranger, composer, performer, educator and author. He holds degrees in music from the University of Rhode Island and the University of Miami.  As an arranger/composer, Gary has worked with Maynard Ferguson, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Jose Feliciano, Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval,…

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  104. Ivan Lins

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    Multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ivan Lins is one of Brazil’s most beloved music superstars. His career has spanned 35 years and 27 records, with over 350 songs recorded in Brazil and hundreds more around the world.

    Ivan Lins first hit was “Madalena”, followed by “O Amor É o Meu País”, “Começar de Novo”, “Desesperar Jamais”, “Aos Nossos Filhos” and “Vitoriosa”, all sung…

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  105. Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón

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    A master percussionist and zapateo dancer, Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón is appearing in ¡CELEBRACIÓN! with Gabriel Alegria. He has performed and toured internationally with Afro-Peruvian music luminaries and played and composed for Eva Ayllón, Peru Negro, Lucila Campos, Guajaja, and la Peña Don Porfirio. A member of Peru’s legendary Lobatón family, Lobatón began developing his skills at the age of four watching his father’s…

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  106. Frank Loesser

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    Frank Loesser has been called the most versatile of all Broadway composers. His five Broadway musicals, each a unique contribution to the art of the American musical theatre, were as different from each other as they were from the theatre of their day: Where’s Charley?, Guys And Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, Greenwillow, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. …

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  107. Jo Sullivan Loesser

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    Jo Sullivan Loesser, appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER, became a musical theatre star with her legendary performances in Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella. At the pinnacle of her career, she married composer Frank Loesser and left the stage, devoting herself to raising their two daughters, Hannah and Emily. After Loesser’s untimely death, she returned to performing, honoring her husband with an acclaimed salute…

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  108. Sandra Lopez

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    Soprano Sandra Lopez, a graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, has received accolades from vocal competitions such as Palm Beach Opera Competition, the McAllister Awards, and George London Foundation.  In 1998 she was the Grand Prize winner in the College Division of the Florida Grand Opera Competition. Lopez appeared at the Metropolitan Opera…

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  109. Jerome Lowenthal

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    Jerome Lowenthal continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a youthful intensity and an eloquence born of life-experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and the emotions.

    Lowenthal studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, in New York with William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in Paris with Alfred Cortot, meanwhile traveling annually to Los Angeles for coaching with Arthur Rubinstein. After…

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  110. Dante T. Luciani

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    Dante T. Luciani is a lecturer in jazz trombone in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where is coordinator of the Jazz Brass program, and conducts the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band (CJB). Dante Luciani earned B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Miami. Formerly the lead trombonist and soloist with the Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson Orchestras, Luciani has performed…

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  111. Michael Ludwig

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    Classical violinist Michael Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. His Grammy-nominated recording of John Corigliano’s Violin Concerto “Red Violin” with the Buffalo Philharmonic hit the Billboard Top 100 within the first week of its release.

    Ludwig began studying with his father Irving, a violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has gone on to appear as a soloist with…

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  112. Brian Lynch

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    Grammy Award winner Brian Lynch is associate professor of music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he teaches jazz trumpet. A highly esteemed musician within both the hardcore straight ahead and Latin Jazz communities, Lynch is as comfortable negotiating the complexities of clave with Afro-Caribbean pioneer Eddie Palmieri as he is swinging through advanced harmony with bebop maestro Phil Woods. A honored graduate of Art…

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  113. Luciano Magnanini

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    Professor Emeritus Luciano Magnanini (bassoon) began his musical studies in Italy at the Conservatory Nicolo Paganini in Genoa and continued his musical training in the city of Milan. Magnanini’s recordings include: Twentieth-Century Music for Bassoon and Piano, Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Elliot and A Tour d’Anches. French Music for Winds, Altarus Records, Inc., and Gordon Jacob. Concerto for Bassoon, Albany…

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  114. Michael Maguire

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    Michael Maguire’s portrayal of Enjolras in the original Broadway company of Les Miserables garnered a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Theater World Award and a feature on the cover of Newsweek.  He was a member of the “Dream Cast” celebrating the 10th anniversary of Les Miz at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast on PBS and around the world.  Maguire starred as Count Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music at the New…

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  115. Monica Mancini

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    Concord Records recording artist and 2005 double-Grammy nominee Monica Mancini, has carved out an impressive career as a concert performer, appearing with major symphony orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Pops, Boston Pops, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the London Metropolitan Orchestra. She is the daughter of famed film composer Henry Mancini and the notable studio singer Ginny O’Conner Mancini.

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  116. Manhattan Piano Trio

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    Hailed by critics as “a grand departure from the usual” (News Herald), the Manhattan Piano Trio is one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in America. Now celebrating its 10th season, Manhattan Piano Trio is among the busiest groups in the classical music scene, having performed hundreds of concerts for enthusiastic audiences in almost 40 states, and in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall,…

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  117. Ana María Martínez

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    Grammy Award winning soprano Ana María Martínez‘s career spans the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. Martínez has sung every major lyric role, including: Mimi in La Boheme; Violetta in La Traviata; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni; and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at such venerable houses as: the Metropolitan Opera; Teatro alla Scala; the Vienna Staatsoper; the Royal Opera House Covent…

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  118. Eduardo Marturet

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    Eduardo Marturet, appearing in TRUMPET VIRTUOSO ARTURO SANDOVAL, enjoys an active career on three continents. Currently the Music Director and Conductor of The Miami Symphony Orchestra, he is a frequent guest conductor in Europe and remains deeply involved in the musical life of his native Venezuela. In 2006, Marturet received a Latin Grammy nomination…

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  119. Charles Mason

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    Charles Mason, composer, is professor of music and chair of the Department of Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He has received many awards for his compositions including the American Composers Orchestra “Playing it Unsafe” prize, the 2005 Rome Prize, the Premi Internacional de Composició Musical Ciutat de Tarragona Orchestra Music prize, and a National Endowment of the Arts Individual Artist Award.…

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  120. Gary Mazzaroppi

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    Appearing in SIZZLING HOT SWING with Mark O’Connor, Gary Mazzaroppi attended Berklee School of Music, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in music education. After graduating, Mazzaroppi toured extensively with the Lionel Hampton Big Band for five years. Since then, he has accompanied many jazz artists including Red Norvo, Herb Ellis, Stan Getz, Joe Morello, Buddy Rich, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, Clark Terry, Charlie Byrd, and Mark…

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  121. Christian McBride

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    Not yet 40, jazz bassist Christian McBride has already collaborated with an impressive list of top performers, including Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and more.  In the classical world, McBride has worked with Kathleen Battle, Edgar Meyer, and the Sonus Quartet, and in the R&B, hip-hop, neo-soul and pop worlds, he has worked with Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, the Roots, Queen Latifah, Sting, Carly…

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  122. Pamela McConnell

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    Pamela McConnell (viola) is professor of instrumental performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is also coordinator of string chamber music and artistic director of the Frost Chamber Players. McConnell is highly regarded as a concert violist, adjudicator and master teacher. Her recent string quartet arrangements of the beloved orchestral works, Saint Seans’ Carnival of the Animals, and Prokofiev’s…

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  123. Lansing McLoskey

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    Lansing McLoskey, composer, is professor of music in the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the Frost School of Music. Described as “one of the best composers of [his] generation,” Lansing McLoskey’s music has been performed across the U.S. and in eleven other countries on five continents. Dr. McLoskey has received dozens of commissions and grants, including the National Endowment of the Arts, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, and…

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  124. Joel McNeely

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    The Frost School of Music has commissioned Los Angeles-based film and television composer Joel McNeely, B.M. ’82, to compose a new concert march under the auspices of the Abraham Frost Commission Series, an endowment established in 1989 by Phillip and Patricia Frost to commission new works by notable composers in memory of Phillip Frost’s father.

    McNeely’s new march, which will premiere at the 30th annual Festival Miami in…

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  125. Pablo Menares

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    Appearing in ¡CELEBRACION! with Gabriel Alegría, Pablo Menares is one of the most important young bass players in Chile. In 2009, he moved from Chile to New York City.  His bass playing is considered to be elegant, musical and lyric, while firmly rooted in swing and polyrhythmic concepts.  Menares has performed and/or recorded with all the of the leading jazz musicians in Chile including: Christian Galvez, Claudio Rubio, Andy…

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  126. Vince Mendoza

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    Composer, arranger, and conductor Vince Mendoza has written for a wide variety of top artists, including Joni Mitchell, Sting, Al Di Meola, and Randy Brecker.  His compositions include big band, chamber, orchestra, and jazz compositions for Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, and John Abercrombie.  Mendoza won his sixth Grammy for John Scofield’s 54 album.

    Mendoza studied classical guitar, piano and trumpet,…

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  127. Edgar Meyer

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    The New Yorker calls bassist and composer Edgar Meyer “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument.” His unparalleled musicianship and compositional gift have earned an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Avery Fisher Prize, and a MacArthur Award. 

    Meyer began studying classical bass with his father at the age of five, continuing with Stuart Sankey.  He has performed with…

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  128. Barry Mitterhoff

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    Barry Mitterhoff performs a dazzling array of styles that include bluegrass, classical, swing, and jazz, and a variety of ethnic styles such as Brazilian, Neapolitan songs, Klezmer, and more. The Dallas Morning News recently said “this version of Tuna boasted mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff, who brokered a perfect marriage of bluegrass and blues.” 

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  129. Keb’ Mo’

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    Three-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ is a master of roots-music. Buddy Guy, B.B. King, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker, and Robert Palmer have recorded his music, and his playing inspired Gibson’s Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster guitar. Collaborations with other artists include Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Cassandra Wilson, and Amy Grant. 

    A blues gig with saxophonist Monk Higgins and guitarist Charles “Charlie Tuna”…

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  130. Momentum Dance Company

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    Momentum Dance Company, Artistic Director Delma Iles, is currently celebrating its Twenty-Eighth year with over forty performances in 2009-2010. Founded in 1982, and in continuous operation since, Momentum is one of the oldest and most established contemporary dance companies in the Southeastern U.S. Momentum’s activities include: the Miami Dance Festival concert seasons in South Florida; concert series for children in both Miami Beach…

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  131. Lawrence Moore

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    Lawrence Moore specializes in the composition of electro-acoustic music, with an emphasis on the synthesis of unique electronic timbres and the manipulation of acoustic sound. Moore is an active participant in the South Florida electronic art community, having debuted works annually in the 12 Nights of Electronic Music and Art series, on two occasions for the Florida Electro-Acoustic Student Festival, and in the 2007 South Florida edition…

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  132. Steven Moore

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    Steven Moore is the associate dean, Undergraduate Studies, and Professor of Practice at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He recently served as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri where he taught conducting, music education, and conducted the Symphonic Band. Moore is a strong advocate for music literacy and has developed nationally recognized programs of excellence at the secondary and collegiate…

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  133. Jason Moran

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    2010 Macarthur Foundation Recipient Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taking pianist and innovator of new directions for jazz.  His awards include Jazz Artist, Jazz Album & Pianist of the Year in the 59th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll; Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Pianist, Rising Star Composer in the 2003-04 Downbeat Critics Polls; and the first Playboy Jazz Artist of the Year award.
     
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  134. Gaby Moreno

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    2013 Latin Grammy Award winner of Best New Artist Gaby Moreno blends blues, Latin, and soul-folk music into elegant harmonies and unexpected timbres. The singer-songwriter’s career has taken her to the most historic theaters in Europe, North America, Argentina, Brazil and Australia, and festivals including Denmark’s Roskilde, the Netherlands’ Harleem Jazz Festival, and Jazz à Vienne in France. She has appeared on the...

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  135. Craig Morris

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    Craig Morris is associate professor of trumpet and chair of the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he devotes himself to his teaching and his career as a soloist and chamber musician.  Morris emerged onto the international orchestra scene by winning the prestigious position of principal trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, assuming that post from the legendary Adolph “Bud”…

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  136. Anastasiya Naplekova

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    Winner of the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition in Prague, Anastasiya Naplekova was born in Kharkov, Ukraine. There she received her B.M. and M.M. in piano performance from Kharkov State University of Arts studying under Professor Nataliya Melnikova. Naplekova is currently a doctoral student at the Frost School of Music, studying piano performance under distinguished artist Professor Santiago Rodriguez.

    Naplekova has…

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  137. Glaucia Nasser

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    Singer Glaucia Nasser has enchanted audiences in Brazil and abroad, earning critical praise from notable musicians such as Nelson Motta, Roberto Menescal, and Ivan Lins. She has partnered with Chico Amaral, Carlos Rennó, Carlos Careqa, Chico César, Alexandre Lemos, Rodrigo Bergamota, Magno Melo, Edu Krieger, André Abujamra, and Márcio Nigro, and continues a partnership with multi-awarded percussionist Sammy Figueroa.

    Nasser’s…

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  138. 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 abroad giving concerts and master classes.

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  139. New York Voices

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    Celebrating their 24th anniversary this year, New York Voices is the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing. Their interests are rooted in jazz, but often Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop influences are infused with equal creativity and authenticity. The group consists of Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, and Lauren Kinhan.

    NYV has made many guest…

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  140. Mark O'Connor

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    Violinist and composer Mark O’Connor 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 Edgar…

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  141. The Okee Dokee Brothers

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    As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek, taking long bike rides into the country or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers.

    Now, as The Grammy Award Winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart…

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  142. John Olah

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    John Olah (tuba, euphonium) is associate professor in the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He received a B.M. degree from the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory, an M.M. degree from the University of New Mexico, and has pursued advanced studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A student of Ronald Bishop, Olah has performed with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland…

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  143. Carlos Oliva

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    Cuban-born vocalist and percussionist Carlos Oliva arrived in Miami in 1961, where he formed Los Sobrinos del Juez, (The Judge’s Nephews), specializing in a new, inter-cultural sound.  This fusion of Cuban music, salsa, afro beats, samba, jazz and rock became known as “The Miami Sound.”  Oliva has produced and directed many other musical groups, including Miami Sound Machine.

    A prolific commercial composer, Oliva…

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  144. Renne Olstead

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    By the age of 14, Renee Olstead had already amassed a list of credits including appearances in hit films and television programs along with a major-label music debut, making her a veteran in the entertainment world. Born in Houston, Olstead developed a great love for music at an early age and honed her voice by singing along with the radio. Before long she was entering talent contests and appearing in local musical productions. In 2002 she…

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  145. Joan Osborne

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    Multi-platinum selling artist Joan Osborne weaves together strands of American roots music, poetic lyrics and impassioned vocals to connect with a large and appreciative audience. The seven-time Grammy nominated singer got her start singing Billie Holiday’s classic “God Bless the Child” at a New York City bar’s open-mike night.  Since then, she has shared the stage with notables including Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti,…

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  146. Rafael Padrón

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    Cuban born 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 as a soloist with orchestras in Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica,…

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  147. Gretchen Parlato

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    Singer Gretchen Parlato’s genre-bending jazz repertoire emphasizes the power of subtlety, distinguishing her as one of the most inventive vocalists of her generation. She has performed and recorded with notable musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Marcus Miller, and Lionel Loueke. Her performances have been hailed as “a revelation… her diaphanous voice expands into…

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  148. Ken Peplowski

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    Ken Peplowski has been called “arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” by BBC2’s Russell Davies.  Winner of the 2014 Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, Peplowski’s list of musical collaborators reads like a who’s who: Mel Tormé, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen, Woody Allen, and Marianne Faithfull. From intimate clubs to headlining in Las Vegas,…

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  149. Valerie Perri

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    Valerie Perri is best known for her Award-winning performance in the role of Eva Peron in the National Touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical Evita, directed by the legendary Harold Prince....

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  150. Astor Piazzolla

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    Legendary composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) redefined classical Argentinian tango by infusing it with jazz and classical techniques to create New Tango.  His output includes more than 1000 works, and continues to influence the best musicians in the world, including violinist Gidon Kremer, cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Mstislav Rostropovich, the Kronos Quartet, pianist Emanuel Ax, guitarist Al Di Meola, and numerous others.

    A virtuoso…

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  151. Don Pippin

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    Appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER,Don Pippin’s distinguished career on Broadway includes A Chorus Line (for which he received the Gold Record Award), Oliver! (which won the Tony Award®), Applause, Woman Of The Year, Mame, Dear World, Cabaret, Seesaw, Jerry’s Girls, Mack and Mabel, and La Cage Aux Folles. Pippin has been the musical director…

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  152. Hila Plitmann

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    Soprano Hila Plitmann is renowned for her light, beautiful voice and astonishing musicianship. She regularly premieres works by leading composers while maintaining a vibrant professional life in film music, musical theatre, and song writing.

    In 2009, she won a Grammy for “Best Classical Vocal Performance” for her recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In the role of…

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  153. Ana Popovic

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    Ana Popovic’s career has been meteoric, and shows no signs of slowing down!

    The 4x Blues Music Awards nominee blends smoking electric funk slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and tight blues groove with soulful feminine vocals. Her incredible stage presence makes her an irresistible force in the music world.

    Popovic was born in the war torn town of Belgrade, formerly Yugoslavia. Popovic grew up in a warm and loving family where…

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  154. Paul Posnak

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    Paul Posnak’s international career as a concert pianist, recording artist, transcriber and teacher began as a child prodigy with a full scholarship to the Juilliard Preparatory School at age eight. He won First Prizes in the International J.S. Bach Competition as well as the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. Now professor and program director in accompanying and chamber music for the University of Miami Frost School of Music,…

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  155. Brian Powell

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    Brian Powell is assistant professor of Double Bass and String Music Pedagogy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and a Masters degree in Teaching from Indiana University, and he is a doctoral candidate at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He is a former member of The New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also…

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  156. Noah Racey

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    Appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER,Noah Racey is a Boston Conservatory graduate who is known for his starring role as Lucky Garnett in the Broadway production, Never Gonna Dance. Racey starred internationally in such shows as Crazy For You and On The Town. He also starred in regional theatres, including the La Jolla Playhouse production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. He recently won rave reviews for his portrayal of Bobby Child...

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  157. Marina Radiushina

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    Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Radiushina is described as a “virtuoso” and a “pianist with enormous maturity.”  Winner of the prestigious Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, Radiushina has performed extensively throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Brazil, and the United States.

    Born in Odessa, Radiushina made her debut with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra in 2012…

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  158. Ron Raines

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    Ron Raines, appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER, is well known to theater audiences in New York and around the country as one of America’s leading musical theater performers most recently starring on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago. He also starred on Broadway as Gaylord Ravenal in the 1983 revival of Jerome Kern’s Showboat co-starring Donald O’Connor. He originated the role of Teddy Roosevelt’s…

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  159. 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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  160. 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. The duo is committed to commissioning and performing new works as well as writing pieces of their own.  In July 2014, they premiered three pieces as an ensemble-in-residence at the soundSCAPE music festival in Maccagno, Italy.…

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  161. Elaine Rinaldi

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    Elaine Rinaldi is fast making her mark among the ranks of rising young American conductors. Critics have called her performances “brilliant” and her interpretative work “impeccable”. As Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi has brought a new level of professionalism and quality to the local arts scene:  “In just two years, Rinaldi has created an orchestra which, though small in size, is clearly of a high…

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  162. Carlos Rivera

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    Carlos Rafael Rivera is a lecturer in the Department of Music Theory and Composition and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Rivera is a composer that incorporates a large diversity of musical influences in his work, which reflect his multi-cultural upbringing in Washington, DC, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Miami, and Los Angeles.  His music has been performed by such…

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  163. Santiago Rodriguez

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    Santiago Rodriguez is professor of keyboard performance and chair of the Department of Keyboard Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Mr. Rodriguez made his Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Dennis Russell Davis. His international career was launched in 1981 when he won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; he also received a special prize for the best performance of Leonard Bernstein’s…

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  164. Paul "Polo" Rosales

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    Paul “Polo” Rosales, better known as “Polo,” is a Venezuelan singer and sound engineer based in the United States. He began experimenting with music by the age of 16, founding his own band 7 Stars and touring and performing in Venezuela, the United States and the U.K. The group launched a well-received Venezuelan hip-hop mixtape in 2007 entitled “The 7 Stars.” Polo runs a recording studio in Miami and his…

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  165. Arturo Sandoval

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    Arturo Sandoval is one of the most dynamic jazz trumpeters of our time.  A protégé of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba.  His mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music has earned 6 Billboard Awards and 9 GRAMMY Awards, including two for his latest albums, Dear Diz (Everyday I think of you) and Tango Como Yo Te Siento

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  166. Maria Schneider

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    Maria Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, and she is among the few artists who have received Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical. Her “evocative, majestic, magical, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous” compositions distinctly highlight the unique voices of her 17-member collective, which includes some of the finest jazz musicians today. 

    Schneider and her orchestra’s distinguished recording career have earned…

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  167. Gunther Schuller

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    Pulitzer Prize winner Gunther Schuller began his career at age 16 when his French horn playing was heard in the American radio premiere of Shostakovich’s then brand-new “Leningrad” Symphony. Soon after he joined the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and performed 14 seasons in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In the 1950s he turned his attention to composing and began combining jazz and…

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  168. Jon Secada

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    Three-time Grammy winner Jon Secada is an international superstar.  With sales of more than 20 million albums worldwide, Secada is also a veteran of Broadway, television, and an accomplished producer.
    After earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami, Secada joined Gloria Estefan’s band as a background singer.  He composed several ballads for Estefan, including the…

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  169. José Serebrier

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    Conductor and composer José Serebrier is among the most recorded artists ever, with thirty-nine Grammy nominations, the Latin Grammy for “Best Classical Album”, and nominations for “Best New Composition”  As the founder and first Artistic Director of Festival Miami, Serebrier commissioned and conducted many important world premieres. Born in Uruguay, Serebrier was 17 when Leopold Stokowski premiered Serebrier’s First…

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  170. Kevin Short

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    Versatile bass-baritone Kevin Short is an associate professor of 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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  171. Soulive

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    Neal Evans, organ; Alan Evans, drums; Eric Krasno, guitar

    Soulive is the ultimate feel good groove band!  Steeped in soul, jazz, electro-funk, this jam trio is widely popular at jam fests and jazz festivals.

    When brothers Neal and Alan Evans first invited guitarist Eric Krasno to get down at their Woodstock, NY studio (a session that led to the trio’s break-out record Get Down! in 1999), it was out of mutual love…

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  172. Federico Musgrove Stetson

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    Guitarist Federico Musgrove Stetson started playing his instrument at the age of 12. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he moved to Miami in 2001 to pursue a career in music. Although initially trained as an electric guitarist, his focus moved to classical guitar, and in 2007, he graduated from the University of Miami Frost School of Music with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance.

    In 2011, Musgrove Stetson became the first…

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  173. John Stewart

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    John Stewart, composer and music theorist, is a Visiting Professor of Music Theory and Composition. He has earned degrees from the New England Conservatory and Harvard University, where he studied with Earl Kim, Leon Kirchner, and Lukas Foss, among others. A composer of chamber, vocal, and orchestral music, Dr. Stewart taught at the New England Conservatory for many years before joining the faculty of Harvard University, where he taught…

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  174. Scott Stinson

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    Scott Stinson is a lecturer in theory and composition in the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the Frost School of Music. A graduate of Indiana University, Scott Stinson studied composition with electronic music pioneer and micro-tonalist John Eaton, before completing his Doctorate at the University of Miami under the tutelage of Dennis Kam. An early performance (at age 24) of his opera Tutankhamen by the Indiana University…

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  175. Fred Sturm

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    Jazz composer and conductor Fred Sturm has appeared with professional jazz ensembles and radio orchestras in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, and Norway, and his works have been performed by ensembles, orchestras, wind ensembles, and chamber groups worldwide, featuring renowned artists Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Gary Burton, Arild Andersen, and John Scofield.

    In 2003, Sturm…

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  176. Suénalo

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    Latin funk. Fusion. Jam band. Multicultural cocktail. The sound of Miami. Afro-Latin-Baby-Makin’-Descarga-Funk. These are names that have been used to describe Suénalo, and they are all on the money. To a point anyway, because even the lengthy hyphenated description the band came up with themselves to describe their hard-to-pin-down style all fall short of the true breadth of what they represent.

    It’s the result of a 10-year…

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  177. Naoko Takao

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    Naoko Takao is assistant professor of keyboard pedagogy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and is on the summer faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado. Prior to joining Frost, she was a long-time faculty member at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. She enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, ardent educator, master class clinician, adjudicator, and pedagogue. Winner of numerous soloist…

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  178. Livingston Taylor

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    Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of thirteen, beginning a forty-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him…

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  179. Jamila Tekalli

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    Jamila Tekalli, an American pianist of Japanese and Libyan descent, has dazzled audiences all across Florida and beyond with her impeccable technical command and profound musical expression. Winner of many awards including the Music Teachers National Association Baldwin Piano Competition; National finalist in the MTNA Yamaha Piano Competition, and finalist in the Junior Division at the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition,…

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  180. Leon “Foster” Thomas

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    Virtuosic steel pan musician Leon “Foster” Thomas has appeared worldwide, playing with such diverse artists as Melton Mustafa, Nathan Davis, Richard Smallwood, Nicole Henry, Dolly Parton, Cyril Neville, Mighty Sparrow, and Richard Bailey, to name a few. 

    A native of Trinidad, Thomas credits the pan yards of Trinidad and Tobago for his initial musical training. In 2002 and again in 2004, he won the titles of World Steelband Music…

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  181. Tiempo Libre

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    Three-time Grammy®-nominated Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today.  Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, the members of the Miami-based band are true modern heirs to the rich music tradition of their native Cuba. The group is celebrated for its incendiary performances of timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son. Since their formation…

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  182. Time for Three

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    Time for Three, the world’s first classically trained garage band, defies classification. Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, and Justin Timberlake, they have played Carnegie Hall, jazz clubs, festivals, NFL games, and the Indy 500.  Tf3’s Three Fervent Travelers on the E1 label debuted in the top 10 on Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes, remaining in the top 10…

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  183. Shirazette Tinnin

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    Appearing in ¡CELEBRACIÓN! with Gabriel Alegría, Shirazette Tinnin, also known as “She Beats,” is a native of North Carolina. It was at Appalachian State University that she found her true love for drum set and her true belonging in jazz music. She began performing in the jazz ensembles, and small combos as well as performing with her jazz professor Todd Wright on a regular basis while in school.

    In 2005, Tinnin was the runner-up…

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  184. Nestor Torres

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    If a flute could talk and sing, it would certainly be in the voice of Nestor Torres, for he speaks through his instrument. Equally fluent in Jazz, Classical and Latin idioms, his fluid versatility sets him apart. Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Torres moved to NYC with his family in his teenage years and went on to study at Mannes School of Music and later at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. At that time he was also learned…

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  185. Trio Da Paz

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    With three of Brazil’s most in-demand musicians, Trio da Paz updates and redefines Brazilian Jazz with their harmonically adventurous interactions, daring improvisations and dazzling rhythms.  Trio da Paz was formed in 1990 by guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka da Fonseca, all seasoned masters of both jazz and Brazilian music.

    The members of Trio da Paz have recorded and performed with an…

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  186. Trout Fishing in America

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    Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. The name taken from a Richard Brautigan novel, seems almost as incongruent and intriguing as a picture of this musical duo - Ezra Idlet (guitar) stands six feet nine inches and Keith Grimwood (bass), five feet five and one half inches. What is more intriguing is the musical career these two have carved out in three decades of writing, recording…

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  187. Dale Underwood

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    Saxophonist Dale Underwood 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 and is a sought-after instructor, lecturer and performer. Underwood has toured extensively throughout the world as…

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  188. United States Marine Band

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    For more than two centuries, the United States Marine Band has been part of events that have shaped the nation. Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the Marine Band is America’s oldest professional musical organization. The Marine Band made its White House debut on New Year’s Day, 1801, in a performance for President John Adams. In March of that year, the band performed for the inaugural of Thomas Jefferson, and has performed for…

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  189. Dawn Upshaw

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    Singer Dawn Upshaw is known worldwide for powerful performances ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her numerous distinctions include five Grammys, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” prize, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and 2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy for Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks

    Upshaw began her career by winning the 1984 Young…

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  190. Dave Van Horne

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    Dave Van Horne has broadcast Major League Baseball for 43 years. For 32 years, he was the “voice of the Montreal Expos,” and for the last 11 years he has been the “voice of the Florida Marlins.” Van Horne began his career in the International League in Richmond, Virginia, in 1966, where he was twice named the state’s sportscaster of the year before joining a Major League broadcast team. His debut with the Montreal Expos coincided…

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  191. Frank Vignola

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    Born and raised in New York, composer and improviser Frank Vignola, appearing in SIZZLING HOT SWING with Mark O’Connor, started playing the guitar at the age of five. He grew up admiring a variety of guitarists, which range from Django and George Barnes to rock icons like Frank Zappa and Eddie Van Halen.

    As a young adult, Vignola studied at the Cultural Arts Center of Long Island and went on to enjoy an enormous amount of sideman…

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  192. Roseanna Vitro

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    Singer Roseanna Vitro has toured the world as a performer, clinician, recording artist, vocal instructor and official Jazz Ambassador, sponsored in 2009 by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department, and in 2004 by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the U.S. State Department. 

    In 2011, Vitro earned a Vocal Jazz Grammy Nomination for The Music of Randy Newman on Motéma Music, featuring pianist Mark…

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  193. Derico Watson

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    Derico Watson, an accomplished educator and clinician has performed and recorded with artists such as legendary bassists Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and the group Bass Extremes; George Duke, Jeff Coffin, Prasanna, Tommy Sims, and Ken Reynolds just to name a few. He has also 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,…

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  194. Robert Weiner

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    Robert Weiner is a lecturer in the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and is principal oboist with the Florida Grand Opera. He has also served as principal oboist with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, Miami City Ballet Orchestra, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, and others, and has been guest principal oboist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Philharmonic.…

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  195. George Weremchuk

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    George Weremchuk has performed with such diverse groups as the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sam Rivers’ Rivbea Orchestra. He is featured on the New World Symphony’s recording entitled New World Jazz (RCA Red Seal), and has performed with Sam Rivers at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Matosinhos Jazz Festival in Portugal, and at Lincoln Center in New York.

    In Europe, Dr. Weremchuk performed…

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  196. Sunny Wilkinson

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    Sunny Wilkinson has taken her place in that elite group of jazz vocalists who have stretched the boundaries and found themselves “one of a kind.”  Her performance credits are impressive, having sung with The Count Basie Band, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Milt Hinton, Curtis Fuller, and Edgar Winter, among others.  Sunny’s latest CD release is a duo project featuring Los Angeles based…

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  197. Sheri Wills

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    Sheri Wills, appearing in FORM AND FRACTURES, is an artist whose work is based in film, video performance & digital media. Her work has been exhibited around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the London Film Festival and the International Film Festival in Rotterdam and is featured in the Rizzoli book, Sonic Graphics: Seeing Sound, by Matt Woolman. She holds an MFA in filmmaking & an MA in art history,…

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  198. Matt Wilson

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    Matt Wilson was born in the prairie town of Knoxville, Illinois. He became interested in playing the drums in the third grade after seeing Buddy Rich on the Lucy Show.  He was judging a local drum contest featuring drummer Ricky Jr. Inspired, Wilson purchased some Ludwig 9a sticks at a local Byerly Music store. With sticks in hand, Wilson used a range of cookware and five gallon buckets as sound sources. His parents soon bought him…

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  199. Victor Wooten

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    Victor Wooten is a founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones as well as a five-time Grammy Award winner, and has graced the covers of bass magazines the world over. He has been voted Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player magazine readers more often than anyone alive and is in constant demand as an artist/clinician/producer. His novel, The Music Lesson, has been translated to several languages and is integrated into…

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  200. Richard Yaklich

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    In addition to conducting the South Florida Youth Symphony, Dr. Richard Yaklich has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and Eastern Europe, including the Maikop Philharmonic and the Socchie Symphony Orchestra.  Yaklich attended the Tanglewood Music Center where he studied conducting with Gustav Meier, Charles Dutoit, Leon Fleisher, Maurice Abravanel, and Seiji Ozawa.  A former Director of the Jubilate Chamber Orchestra,…

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  201. John Yarling

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    John Yarling (drum set, jazz percussion) is a full time lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He teaches private lessons, coaches numerous ensembles, and teaches music appreciation courses. 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…

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  202. Tian Ying

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    Tian Ying is associate professor of keyboard performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he has also served as department chair. Winner of many prestigious awards, including high honors at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1989, Tian Ying enjoys a worldwide reputation as a pianist of taste, dexterity and artistry. Professor Ying has performed in many prestigious concert halls, including Jordan Hall…

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  203. YoungArts Alumni

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    YoungArts alumni include: Kate Davis, singer; Jake Goldbas, percussionist; Ernest Baker, dancer; Andrew Nemr, dancer; Michele de la Reza, choreographer and dancer; Brittanie Brown, dancer; and Allysen Hooks, dancer.

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  204. Zoe Zeniodi

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    Zoe Zeniodi is the Associate Conductor for the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theater. Studying with Thomas Sleeper, Zenoidi is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Recently, Zeniodi has appeared as guest conductor with the New Philharmonic (Miami) and the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE). For the closing night of Festival Miami 2008, Lawrence Johnson of the South…

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  205. Ana Flavia Zuim

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    Ana Flavia Zuim is a voice instructor for musical theatre at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She is also an accomplished pianist, conductor, and musical director. Her teaching experience includes voice, piano and electric bass, both at her private studio, and at the University of Miami, New World School of the Arts, Barry University, and Florida Atlantic University. She was assistant director for FAU Tops Camp in 2008 and…

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