Artistic Director, Henry Mancini Institute
Terence Blanchard is a legendary jazz trumpeter who recently joined the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as artistic director. Blanchard has more than 29 albums to his credit, earning a “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” Grammy for his performance on Jeff “Tain” Watts’s project, Watts, a Grammy for his solo for “Be-Bop” on Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival, and a Grammy for his CD, A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Blanchard is also a prolific film composer with more than 50 film and television credits, including Spike Lee's 25th Hour for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. He completed the score for Lee's Miracle at St. Anna and the soundtrack for Darnell Martin’s Cadillac Records. He is currently working on two Broadway plays, The Mother------ with the Hat, produced by Scott Rudin and A Streetcar Named Desire; George Lucas’ film about the Tuskegee Airmen entitled, Red Tails; and a commission for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. As Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute, Blanchard leads a multi-faceted orchestra, introducing its musicians to a wide range of musical styles and the music of iconic film composers.
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.
Lecturer, Jazz; Director of Community Outreach; HMI Coordinator
Stephen Guerra, Jr., is a jazz composition lecturer in the department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He is also the conductor of the Frost Studio Jazz Band, winning DownBeat student awards in both 2010 and 2011. In addition he is the Director of Community Outreach for the Frost School and Coordinator of the Henry Mancini Institute. Stephen earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in Saxophone Performance, an M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently pursuing a D.M.A in Jazz Composition from UM Frost School of Music. In high demand as a composer and arranger, Guerra was commissioned to write music for Dave Koz, Jorge Villamizar, Carmen Bradford, the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Manchester Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the Air Force Band of the West, and served as a composer‐in‐residence throughout the U.S. through the Commission Project and the National Endowment for the Arts. Guerra has performed alongside many jazz greats including Phil Woods, Al Grey, Snooky Young, Marshall Royal, John Faddis, and Jeff “Tain” Watts. He was a featured soloist on the Clark Terry Young Titan’s of Jazz 2003 release Live at Marihan’s and the Louie Bellson Big Band release, Louie and Clark Expedition 2. The Stephen Guerra Big Band released a critically acclaimed first album in 2009 entitled Namesake.