Professor, Cello; Program Director, Strings; Chair, Department of Instrumental Performance
Ross Harbaugh (violoncello) is professor of instrumental performance and chair of the Department of Instrumental Performance 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, and Peter Howard in the United States and Andre Navarra at the Paris Conservatory, and chamber music study with the Juilliard Quartet. As a founding member of the New World Quartet he won the Naumburg Prize, a Prix du Disque, and recorded 14 records and CDs for Vox, MCI Classic and IMP Masters, CRI, Centaur, Fleur de Son, and Musical Heritage labels. Performing throughout Europe and the United States, he has appeared in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and Wigmore Hall in London, and has concertized with such artists as Leonard Rose, Bill Preucil, Richard Goode, Jeffrey Kahane, Raphael Hillyer, Joel Krosnick, Jerome Rose, Gil Kalish, and the Guarneri Quartet. Mr. Harbaugh served as a judge for the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Stulberg Competition, and the Fulbright Competition for Graduate Music Study Abroad.
Associate Professor, Trumpet
Craig Morris is associate professor of trumpet 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” Herseth. Morris was previously the associate principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. He recorded extensively as principal trumpet with both orchestras, including the Grammy nominated recording of Furtwangler’s Symphony No. 2 with the CSO and Daniel Barenboim. In 2003 Morris left his position in the CSO to pursue a burgeoning solo career. With the Chicago Symphony he was featured as soloist on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with Pinchas Zukerman in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. In 2009, Craig Morris gave the U.S. premiere of Desolation Wilderness, a trumpet concerto by British composer Joby Talbot, at the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music under the baton of Marin Alsop. His debut solo CD Permit Me Voyage features the music of Debussy, Schumann, Brahms and Barber, following the acclaimed Naxos release, Reflections, where Morris was soloist on Thomas Sleeper’s Concerto for Trumpet. A Texas native, Morris grew up in a musical family. He attended the University of Texas and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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. He was featured several times as a concerto soloist with the Florida Philharmonic, and has performed as a soloist in Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., Rochester, Pittsburgh, Santa Fe, New York City, and in countless venues in the South Florida area. He studied with Milt Stevens of the National Symphony Orchestra and received his formal musical education at the Eastman School of Music with John Marcellus. He joined the faculty of the University of Miami in 1995. In addition to teaching individual studio lessons, he conducts the Frost Trombone Choir, coaches chamber music, and teaches courses in trombone pedagogy and literature. He maintains a busy professional performing schedule and is a member of the South Florida Musician’s Association, the International Trombone Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Associate Professor, Tuba and Euphonium
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 Ballet Orchestra, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Fe Chamber Orchestra, the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the Cleveland Brass Quintet, the Cleveland Brass Consort, American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, and the Blossom Festival Band. He has recorded with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds. In addition he has performed with such notable artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, James Gallway, Lena Horne, James Taylor and Mel Torme.
Renowned tuba artist Sam Pilafian, B.M. ’72, joined the Frost School of Music faculty at the start of the 2012-2013 academic year. In addition to his private teaching, he is the faculty mentor to the Stamps Brass Quintet. Pilafian was named Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 1996 and is perhaps best known as a founding member of the internationally renowned Empire Brass Quintet. Versatile in both classical and jazz realms, Pilafian has recorded and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, and Pink Floyd. As a solo jazz artist, Pilafian has recorded fifteen CDs. He was also a member of the large brass ensemble Summit Brass. He is an arranger, composer and recording producer and is the coauthor of the best selling pedagogy texts “Breathing Gym” and “Brass Gym.” Sam Pilafian was formerly professor of music in the ASU Herberger College School of Music, having previously served for 20 years on the faculties of Boston University and their summer Tanglewood Institute. As a past president and chairman of the board of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, Pilafian now serves on its board of directors.
Associate Professor, French Horn
Richard Todd is associate professor, French horn at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. From Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, Richard Todd has earned international acclaim as one of the finest horn soloists today. Gold medal winner of the 1980 Concours Internationale Toulon, he is a Pro Musicis International Foundation Award winner and is continually expanding the boundaries of the horn world. Renowned for his performances that “are simply startling in their dexterity” with “a heart-clutching sound” he breaks down the barriers of music, being equally at home in all areas including classical and jazz. Now residing in Miami, he maintains a rigorous coast-to-coast concert schedule including performances as principal horn with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Todd has recorded on over 1,000 motion picture soundtracks, appeared and recorded with such great performers as Sinatra, Streisand, and Madonna, and as a jazz artist with Clark Terry, Ray Brown and Woody Herman. He recorded two CD’s with Andre Previn, one jazz: What Headphones, the other classical: French Chamber Music and was personally selected by Gunther Schuller to record his Concerto No.1. He has also recorded solo albums. Previously on the faculty at USC Thornton School of Music, and the Henry Mancini Institute, Richard Todd is in constant demand as a lecturer, clinician and festival artist, and is a consultant for Hans Hoyer Horns, where he assists in the development of horn and mouthpiece designs.
Professor of Music, Instrumental Performance, and Director of Bands
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. Formerly the chair of the Department of Instrumental Performance, Green holds a B.M. degree from Boise State University and an M.M. degree from the University of Idaho. He formerly conducted the University of Connecticut's Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Band. Green also was director of bands at University High School in Spokane, Washington, one of the most widely respected band programs in the nation. Throughout his career, Green has received numerous honors and awards. His recent conducting activities include events in Florida, Texas, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Georgia, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and others. In addition, he has conducted all state, regional, national, and international honor bands.
Classical Guitar Program Director; Lecturer, Instrumental Performance
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 both solo and with orchestras in various cities in Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Japan, Spain and in the United States of America. He is the artistic director of the Florida Guitar Foundation. Padrón began studying the guitar at the age of eleven. In 1986, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Advanced Institute of Art in Havana where he received the “High Achieving Student” award. He then graduated from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where he completed his Graduate Performance diploma on a full scholarship, under the tutelage of world-renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco. Padrón attained his Master’s Degree diploma at the University of Miami in December 2005. Rafael Padrón has been part of the faculty in music schools and universities such as the University of Costa Rica and National University of Heredia (Costa Rica), and the Calcaño Foundation (Venezuela), Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, Florida) and Florida International University (Miami, Florida). In addition to his teaching at the Frost School of Music, he is on faculty at Miami Conservatory of Music.
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Percussion
Svet Stoyanov (percussion) is assistant professor of instrumental performance and program director of Percussion at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Praised by the New York Times for his "understated but unmistakable virtuosity" and a "winning combination of gentleness and fluidity," Bulgarian-born Svet Stoyanov is a winner of the 2003 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He made his New York City debut at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall as a co-soloist, premiering the Phillip Glass "Concerto Fantasy" for Two Timpanists and Orchestra. Stoyanov has performed as a soloist with the Chicago, Seattle, American Symphony Orchestras and The New York Pops, to name a few, and at prominent festivals worldwide. An active and passionate chamber musician, Svet Stoyanov works with violinist Moni Simeonov (The SemiDuo project), a 2Piano/2Percussion ensemble (Hammer/Klavier), and a contemporary music collaborative with flutist Claire Chaise. Stoyanov's CD "Percussive Counterpoint" was released in 2009 to a great acclaim and features a transcription of Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" for marimba and vibes, and a video performance of Thierry de Mey's "Musique de Tables" — a theatrical "ballet" for 3 sets of hands. In addition to his diverse performance career, Svet Stoyanov is actively involved with educational outreach and presents numerous clinics and workshops.
Visiting Lecturer, Percussion
In addition to his position as Percussionist with the Houston Symphony, Matthew Strauss is currently a visiting lecturer in timpani and percussion at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Prior to his posts in Houston and as former timpanist with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, he performed as a member of the percussion section in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra throughout the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. He has performed regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and Harrisburg Symphony.
Director of Athletic Bands,
Professor of Music
Jay C. Rees is professor of music and director of athletic bands at the University of Miami Frost School of Music [effective July 1, 2014]. His responsibilities include leading the Frost Band of the Hour, the marching and pep bands of the University of Miami, at UM sporting events such as nationally televised Miami Hurricanes football and basketball games, and expanding the band’s reach and reputation throughout the region. Rees was previously professor of music and director of athletic bands at The University of Arizona in Tucson, where his bands released CD recordings, appeared on NBC-TV's Today Show and Fox Sports, and were named top in the country by the prestigious CBDNA. Rees’ contemporary arrangements and inventive drill design have gained national presence and he is referenced extensively in the book "Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best.” An alumnus of the University of Miami Frost School of Music (B.M. ’84, jazz performance and music education), Jay Rees is an accomplished jazz bassist with international touring credits and still actively performs. He has a large catalog of published original music for jazz, wind ensemble, concert bands, and athletic bands, commissioned and performed by major universities and high schools nationwide. He also travels as a clinician, guest speaker, adjudicator, and conductor for band programs across the country. Rees is listed in Who's Who In America for the 21st Century as well as Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He is a member of ASCAP, The Recording Academy, and CBDNA.
Professor, Instrumental Performance and Program Director, Orchestral Activities
Thomas Sleeper is professor of instrumental performance and program director of orchestral activities at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he 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 and conductor. 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 received excellent reviews in Fanfare, Gramophone and The American Record Guide. His Concerto for French Horn and Symphony No. 1 were recently premiered.
Lecturer, Violin, Instrumental Performance
Glenn Basham (violin) is on the faculty of the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he served as a full time professor of music from 1992 to 2014. He maintains a full performance schedule as concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and performs internationally as a violin soloist. 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 an M.M. degree from Indiana University. Previously, he played with the Detroit Symphony under Antal Dorati and was a member of the Chester String Quartet. He has served as concertmaster at music festivals nationwide, including the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, the Lansing Symphony, the Plymouth Symphony, the Oak Park Symphony, the North Carolina School of the Arts Festival Orchestra, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, the Manchester Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. As a jazz musician, Glenn has performed with Ira Sullivan, Simon Salz, and John Blake, and is featured on recordings with the Miami Saxophone Quartet and Skitch Henderson.
Lecturer, Violin; Artistic Coordinator & Resident Conductor, Mancini Institute Orchestra
Scott Flavin (violin and conductor) is a lecturer in the Frost School of Music’s Department of Instrumental Performance and also serves as artistic coordinator and resident conductor for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. In addition, Flavin is a member of the Bergonzi String Quartet, and a director of the Frost Chamber Orchestra. He is concertmaster of the Florida Grand Opera and Miami Bach Society, and founder and music director of the Miami Mozarteum. He regularly performs across the globe, and is a member of the newly-formed chamber ensemble, Pulse. As a composer and arranger, his works have been heard on American Public Media’s radio program “Performance Today” and have been recorded by the Bergonzi Quartet. His recordings include chamber music on the Naxos, M&W, and Centaur labels, and commercial recordings on Sony, EMI, and Warner Brothers, including appearances on over a dozen Grammy Award-winning albums. He has recorded two solo CD’s, “Great Violin Solos of the Opera and Ballet” and “the Complete Brahms Violin Sonatas”. Flavin performs on a rare Italian violin made in 1780 by Tomaso Eberle.
Artist-in-Residence, Frost School of Music
Mark O'Connor (violin, composer) 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 Meyer and gained him worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. The tremendously successful follow-up, 'Appalachian Journey', received a Grammy Award in February 2001. With more than 200 performances, his first full length orchestral score "Fiddle Concerto" has become the most-performed modern violin concerto composed in the last 40 years. O'Connor's 2nd concerto "Fanfare for the Volunteer" was recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and he has since premiered two more violin concerti. In 2001, O'Connor released "Hot Swing!" and the Chicago Tribune called it "one of the finest discs of his career and one of the greatest jazz violin albums ever." His "Americana Symphony: Variations on Appalachia Waltz" was recorded by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony. The Associated Press reviewed it as "a monumental work...inevitably will be compared to Copland." He has composed chamber music and string quartets, and his most recent recording, ‘Jam Session’ (OMAC), combines bluegrass and gypsy jazz. O'Connor's "Strings and Threads Suite" for violin and guitar, won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Performance. Mark O’Connor is the founder and president of the Mark O'Connor String Camp, and the author of the Mark O’Connor Violin Method.
Professor, Viola, Instrumental Performance
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 Peter and the Wolf are highly popular in concert. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world and at such prestigious venues as the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and the Gardner Museum of Boston. She was previously on the faculties of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and State University of New York at Buffalo, where, as a member of the Rowe Quartet, she shared a Peabody Award. McConnell is the founding violist in the Bergonzi String Quartet, the quartet in residence at the Frost School of Music, as well as the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Upper Peninsula Michigan, Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, and Rocky Mountain Music Conservatory in Colorado. She has also been a resident faculty performer at Sewanee Summer Music Center in Tennessee and Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine. She is founder and director of The University of Miami String Academy, a preparatory program. Pamela McConnell received a B.M. degree from Northwestern University and an M.M. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, studying with such luminaries as Walter Trampler, Leonard Shure, George Neikrug, and Andor Toth.
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 Agostini. She was the harpist with the Baltimore Opera, Delaware Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and Florida Sunshine Pops. She has performed at the Marlboro and Aspen Music Festivals. Deborah has been in the pit orchestras for such shows as Hello Dolly with Carol Channing, The King and I with Yul Brynner, Evita, Phantom, A Chorus Line, and The Fantastiks and performed with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carrerras, Andrea Boccelli, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. She has played with the Mineria Orquesta de Mexico, Sinfonica Nacionial de Santo Domingo, and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Bolivia. She performs throughout South Florida from Key West to Naples to Palm Beach.
Associate Professor, Bassoon
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 Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony and as acting second bassoon with the Milwaukee Symphony for one season. Gabriel Beavers has also previously held the position of visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Music. In addition to his orchestral activities, he has an active schedule of solo and chamber performances. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Virginia Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony and Louisiana Sinfonietta and has given recitals throughout the United States and at international festivals in Brazil. His solo CD Gordon Jacob: Music for Bassoon has been released to critical acclaim on the Mark Masters Label. His recording of the Dinos Constantinides Bassoon Concerto is also available on I-tunes. He attended both Boston University and Southern Methodist University where he studied with Matthew Ruggiero and Wilfred Roberts.
Associate Professor & Program Director, Woodwinds
Margaret Donaghue Flavin (clarinet) 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 performed at international conferences in Oslo, Norway, Manchester, England, Chicago, and New Orleans, among others. Chamber music recitals include Honolulu, Grand Cayman, London and Paris, as well other venues across Europe and Japan. Dr. Donaghue has appeared as soloist with the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony and the Shen Zhen Symphony, Shen Zhen, China, as well as the Russe State Philharmonic, Russe, Bulgaria. Dr. Donaghue gives master classes and recitals across the United States and performs with her trio, Miami Chamber Ensemble and newly formed ensemble, MiamiClarinet. She performed the sextet L’Heure du Berger, in London and Paris with composer Jean Françaix at the piano. Dr. Donaghue has recently served a three-year term as a member of the Fulbright National Screening Committee, and appears frequently as clinician and adjudicator. She can be heard often on public radio across the country. She received the Doctor or Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to coming to Miami Dr. Donaghue served on the faculties of Central Michigan University and the University of Connecticut. She can be heard on Centaur, Albany, and Altarus labels.
Associate Professor, Flute
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. Ms. Kane is active in the commercial recording field and can be heard on the soundtracks of many film scores (trudykane.com). She can be heard and seen on many Met videos including Il Trittico, Manon Lescaut, Peter Grimes and three different La Bohemes. Trudy Kane has given master classes at noted universities including Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, Penn State, and University of North Texas. Her CD, In the French Style, includes works by Fauré, Frank, and Gieseking. A number of her transcriptions for Flute Quartet have been published, plus her transcription of the Fauré Sonata and cadenzas for Mozart’s Concerto in D Major. She has been privileged to work with many great conductors, including Carlos Kleiber, Karl Bőhm, Erich Leinsdorf, James Levine, Pierre Boulez, and Valery Gergiev and great singers such as Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Renee Fleming, and Joan Sutherland.
Dale Underwood (saxophone) 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. Mr. Underwood has toured extensively throughout the world as a featured soloist, performing in every state in the continental United States and Alaska, as well as in England, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Italy, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and Canada. A frequent guest soloist with leading orchestras, Dale Underwood has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Australian Wind Orchestra and the National Conservatory Orchestra in Sao Paolo, Brazil, among others. In 1993, Mr. Underwood made his Carnegie Hall debut in a program featuring Claude T. Smith's Fantasy (written especially for Mr. Underwood), and A Gershwin Fantasy.
Robert Weiner (oboe) 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. Robert Weiner was also director and oboist of the Oklahoma City Chamber Players and has performed with New York City area orchestras, including the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet and Long Island Philharmonic. Weiner has recorded on major labels and is active in the recording studios of Miami. He previously taught oboe at Conjunto Cultural Ollin Yoliztli in Mexico, Oklahoma City University, University of Oklahoma, and Cornell University. Acknowledged for his work on gouging machines and reed-making, he is in demand by professionals for advice and work in those areas. He has a B.M. degree from Eastman School of Music, and a M.M. degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He studied oboe with Robert Sprenkle, Ronald Roseman, Harold Gomberg, John Mack, and Joseph Robinson.
Assistant Professor, Instrumental Performance (Double Bass) & Music Education
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 performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Powell has received recognition in several solo competitions, including winning the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass Solo Competition. As an educator, he is the former director of orchestras at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY, and was on the string faculty at Bellarmine University as their double bass instructor. He taught hundreds of string students every year from elementary to collegiate levels. His high school orchestra was selected to perform at state conventions on multiple occasions and has performed twice at the United Nations in New York City. He has received recognition as a distinguished music teacher and advocate of string music education. Mr. Powell has presided as President of the Kentucky chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and is currently President-Elect of the Florida chapter. He has also served in the mentor program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Mr. Powell remains an active performer and clinician throughout the United States.