Professor of Music, Director of Orchestral Activities
Thomas Sleeper is professor of music and director of orchestral activities at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He is the conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra and also teaches instrumental conducting. Maestro Sleeper began his professional career as a member of Fermata, a group of composer-performers who presented an annual series of concerts throughout Texas. At age 22, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Dallas Civic Symphony and the Southern Methodist University Chamber Orchestra and Opera Theatre. Today Thomas Sleeper resides in Miami, Florida, where he enjoys a busy dual career as a composer. He is the conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theater, and Music Director for the Florida Youth Orchestra. A strong advocate for new music, Sleeper has conducted the premieres of numerous works by American composers, including Henry Brant, Carlos Surinach, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, and Roberto Sierra. Thomas Sleeper’s original compositions have been performed worldwide by orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony, Russian National Orchestra and the Shanghai Philharmonic. His Symphony No. 4 and 5 were recently premiered here in the United States.
Professor of Music, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities
Robert M. Carnochan (Car-na-han) is director of wind ensemble activities, conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble, and professor of music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Carnochan holds degrees from Towson University (B.S. Music Education), the University of Colorado at Boulder (M.M. conducting) and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. conducting). A Maryland native, Carnochan’s career began as director of bands at Dundalk High School and has since held appointments at Stephen F. Austin State University, Northeastern Oklahoma State University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and, most recently, The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his career, Dr. Carnochan has collaborated with and received praise from a number of leading composers including; Steven Bryant, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Donald Grantham, Daniel Kellogg, David T. Little, John Mackey, David Maslanka, James Mobberly, Carter Pann, Joel Puckett, Kevin Puts, Gunther Schuller, Frank Ticheli, and Dan Welcher. He also invests much time commissioning and performing works of the next generation of talented composers such David Biedenbender, Viet Cuong, Paul Dooley, Ian Dicke, Aaron Perrine, and Zack Stanton. Dr. Carnochan is active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States, and has conducted concerts in London, Spain, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Singapore. His recording of Donald Grantham’s Tuba Concerto, with soloist Charles Villarrubia, was recently released and is available for download from iTunes.
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Studies
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 University. She earned a D.M.A. degree in choral music from Arizona State University, a M.M. in choral conducting from Butler University and a B.M. in Music Education from DePauw University. Dr. Kennedy regularly conducts choral festivals featuring major works such as Orff's Carmina Burana, Durufle’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Rutter’s Gloria, to name a few. She has received numerous awards for teaching, including the University of Hawai`i Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching, Arizona State University’s Manzanita “Top Prof” Award and Butler University’s Faculty Distinction Award. Dr. Kennedy is well known as a choral clinician and adjudicator for all-state and festival honor choirs. She has presented workshops at ACDA and MENC conventions and served as the ACDA Eastern Division Collegiate Repertoire and Standards Chair and as a founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Music Education
Corin Overland is assistant professor of professional practice in Music Education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he teaches courses in choral conducting, choral literature and secondary choral methods. Overland received a Ph.D. in Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he held teaching and research assistantship positions. Overland holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a B.A. in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Dr. Overland has taught choral music at the secondary level for 14 years in Minnesota, Maryland, and Missouri, and holds multiple teaching certifications in choral, instrumental and general music. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, he was the Director of Choral Music at Punahou Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii: the nation’s largest private school. He frequently appears as guest conductor and clinician for local and national events, serving most recently as the conductor of All-State Jr. Honor Choirs in Oregon and Delaware. His research interests include the history of music education organizations; integrated-arts school reform models; and the effects of musical training on physical coordination and timing. He has presented research nationally and internationally, and is published in the Journal of Research in Historical Music Education and the Music Educator’s Journal.