Composition

  1. Raul Murciano, Jr.

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    Associate Dean, Administration, Professor of Professional Practice

    Miami-born composer/pianist, Raul Murciano, Jr. is Associate Dean for Administration and Professor of Professional Practice at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He was formerly Media Writing and Production (MWP) program director where his leadership led to the development and implementation of the Commercial Music track in Composition. He also works closely with the Department of Musicology, through which he created and teaches courses that extol the rich diversity of Cuban music. Murciano earned Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Composition, all from the University of Miami. An award-winning writer and producer of music for television and film, Murciano’s earliest successes came as a founding member and performer with Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. During his 35-year professional career, he's created more than 700 commercial music cues for over 100 clients, served as musical director and performer throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America, composed works for the concert stage, held interests in and managed three local recording studios, and enjoyed a four-year stint as radio host on WTMI’s Music of the Americas. Murciano states, "The writing and production of commercial music merits the same level of rigor and craftsmanship afforded any other kind of music. The fact that the Media Writing and Production program resides under the umbrella of the Composition Department is a clear testament to the latter's inclusive philosophy and its unbiased embracing of this shared aesthetic notion."

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  2. Charles Mason

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    Professor, Chair, Music Composition and Theory

    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. He was named 2009 Distinguished Alumnus by the Frost School of Music. His music has been performed worldwide including the FORO INTERNACIONAL DE MUSICA NUEVA in Mexico City, the Quirinale in Rome, the Aspen Summer Music Festival, and the Nuova Musica Consonante in Romani and broadcast over RAI radio throughout Italy and on NPR's “Performance Today." Dr. Mason has received commissions from many top ranked ensembles including American Composers Orchestra, DUO 46, Miami String Quartet, Gregg Smith Singers, Dale Warland Singers, Corona Guitar Kvartet, ONIX (Mexico), Luna Nova, bassist Robert Black, violinist Karen Bentley Pollick, New York Golliard Ensemble, and cellists Madeleine Shapiro, Craig Hultgren, and Jeffrey Solow to name a few. He completed his DMA and MM in composition at the University of Illinois and BM with honors from the University of Miami. In 2005 he was a composer in residence at the International Centre for Composers in Visby, Sweden and twice sponsored by the Seaside Institute as an "Escape To Create" composer-in-residence.

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  3. Chris Boardman

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    Program Director, Media Writing and Production; Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

    Chris Boardman is the director of the Media Writing and Production Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and teaches Film Scoring and Advanced Music Editing. Beginning his career in the film, television and recording industries in 1974, Boardman has consistently worked at the top echelon of the entertainment industry receiving an Academy Award nomination for “The Color Purple”, 6 Emmy Awards, 13 Emmy nominations, ASCAP and BMI awards and multiple platinum records for work with such iconic artists as Quincy Jones, David Foster, Steven Speilberg, Julie Andrews, Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch and Josh Groban. Well known in Hollywood circles a one of a handful of musicians who can literally write anything, Boardman’s credits span both industry and genre. Whether it be conducting David Foster’s “World Children’s Day" for television, composing the 70’s inspired score for Mel Gibson’s Payback, arranging period dance music for Swing Kids and Meet Joe Black,orchestrating Chaplin for Broadway or releasing and producing solo recordings as an artist, Boardman embraces these challenges with characteristic integrity and passion making him one of the most uniquely versatile and highly respected musicians in the industry. He attended Weber State University and continued on to California State University Northridge, working simultaneously in Los Angeles recording studios. Always looking for new challenges, Boardman is the founder of a successful social media content strategy consulting business and is at the forefront of the fast moving online media space.

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  4. Juan Chattah

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    Assistant Professor, Theory and Composition

    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 of models drawn from linguistics and critical theory to the analysis of film music. Recent research has been presented at the Music and the Moving Image (New York 2009), College Music Society (Portland 2009 / Salt Lake City 2007) and at other noted conferences. As composer, his music ranges from tangos to interactive electroacoustic music, to children songs for the radio drama series Stories in the Air broadcast internationally through Public Radio International. His concert music is highly influenced by archetypical gestures and moods of film music. As a pianist, he studied in The Netherlands under Herman Uhlhorn and David Kuyken, and participated in master classes with Michel Beroff, Ivan Moravec, and Paul Badura-Skoda. He performed extensively in Europe and Latin America, and his students have won numerous national and international competitions.

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  5. Dorothy Hindman

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    Assistant Professor, Theory and Composition

    Dorothy Hindman is an assistant professor of composition in the Department of Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Dr. Hindman’s work is performed extensively in the U.S., and throughout Eastern and Western Europe. Critics have called her music “intense, gripping, and frenetic,” “sonorous and affirmative,” and “music of terrific romantic gesture.” Awards and recognition include the 2005 Almquist Choral Composition Award, a 2004 Nancy Van de Vate International Composition Prize for Opera, a 2004 Winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Composition Competition, an Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, and the NACUSA Young Composers Competition. Commissions for 2010 include Prothalamia for the Empire City Men’s Chorus (NYC), and The Road to Damascus for the Caraval Quartet (NYC). Other recent commissions include Sursum Corda for the a cappella choir of the same name, The Wall Calls to Me to accompany a visual installation by artist Sally Johnson, Nine Churches for the Corona Guitar Kvartet and Lithuanian Sinfonia, Tapping the Furnace for Evelyn Glennie, Stuart Gerber and Scott Deal, and The Pillow Book for the Goliard Ensemble (NYC). Her residencies include a Seaside Escape to Create Residency in 2009; Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy in Fall 2005; resident composer at the Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden in 2005; and Composer-in-Residence for the Goliard Ensemble in 2009. A native of Miami and a graduate of the Frost School of Music, she is also a writer for the Miami Herald and South Florida Classical Review.

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  6. Bryn Hughes

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    Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Theory and Composition

    Bryn Hughes is an assistant professor of professional practice in the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he teaches freshman and sophomore music theory in the new Frost Experiential Music Curriculum, as well as graduate-level classes in music theory. He earned his Ph.D. in music theory at Florida State University and also holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include music cognition, popular music analysis, atonal voice leading, and the music of Alfred Schnittke. His dissertation involved an investigation of harmonic expectation in twelve-bar blues progressions. Dr. Hughes has presented research on atonal music analysis, popular music, and music cognition at numerous regional and national conferences, including the South Central Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Southeast, the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, Music Theory Midwest, the Society for Music Theory, the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and the International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition. Bryn Hughes joined the faculty of the Frost School of Music in 2012.

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  7. Devin S. Marsh

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    Lecturer, Media Writing and Production

    Devin Marsh is a lecturer in the Media Writing and Production program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Marsh is an accomplished performer, writer, arranger and instrumentalist. He has toured internationally with his band Nori Nori promoting three self-produced and critically acclaimed CDs. He has composed, recorded and produced music for various films, commercials, ballets, dance groups and other artists, all while managing his Miami-based commercial recording facility, The Chill Lodge. On a Gary Burton Scholarship, Marsh studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, later continuing his studies at the University of Miami where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, Master of Music in Media Writing and Production, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition. He concurrently serves as the director of broadcasting, sound and recording and the Mighty Mighty RamTones at A.P. Mays Conservatory of the Arts.

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  8. Lansing D. McLoskey

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    Professor, Music Composition

    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 Barlow Endowment, to name a few. He has been awarded "first prize" in numerous composition competitions including Omaha Symphony Orchestra International New Music Competition, Kenneth Davenport National Competition for Orchestral Works and a Meet The Composer commission for Triton Brass which was premiered at Tanglewood. McLoskey completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and holds degrees with honors from U.C. Santa Barbara and the U.S.C. Thornton School of Music, with additional studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

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  9. Raina Murnak

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    Lecturer, Music Theory

    Raina Murnak is a lecturer in music theory at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she also teaches in the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program. She is a New York-born composer and vocalist and received both her Bachelors in Voice and her Master's in Composition from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Composition and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. where she is currently teaching in both the Music Theory and Voice departments and is working on a music theory textbook. Murnak has enjoyed many performances of her works both in concert and on recordings. Her trio “Lagathia” written for the Ibis Trio was released on Albany Records. She is an active Miami performer in varied venues and genres, ranging from the avant-garde to the commercial. She has been featured as a background vocalist and keyboardist in several national television appearances, sings jazz and popular music with her band Van Gogh Listens, and will release her first album as lead singer and writer for the original rock band The Pure Pinks. Recent work includes a short opera collaboration with author Jane Alison, a second solo album, and the score to a full-length musical “Ruthenia” written by New York playwright, director and father Richard Murnak.

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  10. D. Scott Stinson

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    Lecturer, Theory and Composition

    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 opera studio led to increased compositional exploration of microtonal and extended instrumental techniques combined with electronics. Research interests include contemporary composers Mathias Pintscher, Andrew Toovey and Donnacha Dennehey, as well as contemporary opera and the piano music of Gyorgy Ligeti. Dr. Stinson also coordinates the activities of the Frost School of Music's on-line Basic Music Theory course.

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  11. Carlos Rivera

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    Lecturer, Creative American Music

    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 prominent ensembles as Chanticleer, the American Composers Orchestra (ACO), the New England Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; recorded by Warner, Sony and Naxos labels; published by C.F. Peters, Mel-Bay, and Doberman Editions; and awarded by the ACO, the Herb Alpert Foundation, the Guitar Foundation of America, BMI and ASCAP. He is a sought out resident composer and guest lecturer, covering topics ranging from his own music, to the work of Gershwin, Rodrigo, and Radiohead. A DMA graduate in music composition at USC's Thornton School of Music, he studied with Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Orlando Garcia, and mentored with Randy Newman. Equally comfortable in the popular music world, his guitar work includes performances on feature soundtracks (Crash, Dragonfly); studio sessions for Island/Def Jam, and Universal Records; as well as ABC's Scrubs, MTV, and VH-1. He has performed as opening act for The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, and with jazz trumpet icon Arturo Sandoval. Carlos Rivera is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy awards) and was recently invited into the Miami Symphony Orchestra's Strategic Alliances program for their 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

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