January 08, 2013 — Coral Gables — Two alumni of the innovative University of Miami Frost School of Music earned prestigious conducting appointments with major performing arts institutions, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Florida Grand Opera.
Cristian Măcelaru, B.M. ’03, was named associate conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, moving up from the assistant conductor position he held for a year. Măcelaru will continue to conduct special non-subscription performances, and cover concerts for new Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as many of the Orchestra’s guest conductors. Additionally, he will now conduct his own subscription week.
Zoe Zeniodi, A.D. ’11, D.M.A ’10, was named assistant conductor for the Florida Grand Opera. During the 2012-13 season, Zeniodi will be the assistant conductor for the Florida Grand Opera Productions of Die Zauberflöte, Sonnambula, and Maria de Buenos Aires (Piazzolla). Zeniodi is also an accomplished pianist and regularly premieres and performs new works.
About the University of Miami Frost School of Music
The Frost School of Music, one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded, is one of the largest and most relevant schools in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School. The Frost School has pioneered new curricula including the ground-breaking Frost Experiential Music Curriculum, and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, Music Engineering Technology, and a master’s in Arts Presenting. Its premier ensembles include the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Wind Ensemble, Frost Opera Theater, Frost Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Frost Concert Jazz Band. Now the home of the Henry Mancini Institute, the Frost School also offers a songwriting minor through the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program and was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Its graduate jazz program is ranked among the top three in the nation. The University of Miami School of Law and the Frost School now offer the first-ever joint degree program in law and music business (J.D./M.M.). The Frost School’s innovative programs, combined with its traditional areas of concentration, offer its students one of the widest choices of career programs of any music school in the nation.
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