Mancini Institute Orchestra


The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the Frost School of Music is a highly selective graduate ensemble that is inspiring a whole new spectrum of artistic creation and exploration. The artistic director is Terence Blanchard.


Resident conductor Scott Flavin greets violinist Midori at a recent master class at the Frost School of Music.

At the core of the Henry Mancini Institute (HMI) is a multi-genre ‘cross-over’ orchestra that provides an avenue for aspiring top-level students to learn an expansive array of music. Mentored by HMI artistic director Terence Blanchard and artistic coordinator and resident conductor Scott Flavin, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra provides unique and ‘real-world’ experiences. HMI assembles the very best classical and jazz student musicians from around the world and trains them to play a full range of musical genres– from traditional and contemporary classical styles, to pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Asian, and other world music.  By doing so, they are introducing—and creating—new musical works that are attracting younger, larger and more diverse audiences to the performing arts.

The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Larry Rosen JazzRoots series at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami. The HMI Orchestra also records, and recently taped an HBO television show with comedian Robert Klein entitled “Unfair and Unbalanced” (2010).  It is the featured orchestra on the CD, Blu-ray DVD and i-pad app entitled An Evening with Dave Grusin.

The HMI Orchestra has performed with such marquee guest artists as violinist Mark O’Connor, rock musicians Bruce Hornsby and Steve Miller, bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs, film composers Dave Grusin and Jorge Calandrelli, vocalists Patti Austin, Jon Secada, Monica Manicini, and instrumental greats Arturo Sandoval, John Clayton, Gary Burton, Dave Koz and Nestor Torres.  Guest artists also work with HMI students in the classroom, concert stage, recording studio and other collaborative settings.  Future guest artists include film composer and award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard.

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