Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Program Director, Arts Presenting
Chris Palmer is assistant professor of professional practice and program director for Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Chris Palmer holds a B.B.A and an M.B.A. from Belmont University. He currently serves as the Managing Partner for the jazz/gospel a cappella group Take 6, overseeing their worldwide recording and touring affairs. Prior to his career in artist management, Chris worked with Warner Bros. Records for over 20 years. As Vice President of Progressive Mu-sic from 1990-2000, Chris was responsible for introducing and marketing artist such as Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Jeff Foxworthy. Later, as General Manager and Sr. VP of Marketing, he would oversee releases such as “Breathe” by Faith Hill and introduce new artists such as Blake Shelton, Trick Pony and Big & Rich. Palmer was the Director of Music Business at Murray State University before coming to Miami.
Lecturer, Music Business
Louis Tertocha is the general counsel for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and is also a lecturer in the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. In his role at the Arsht Center, Tertocha is responsible for legal advice and representation involving all matters pertaining to the Center including supervising the negotiation of contracts, procurement, claims resolution, advocacy support, regulatory affairs, and the full range of legal policies. Prior to joining the Arsht Center, Tertocha owned a private practice which provided transaction and litigation services to a diverse array of entertainment, corporate and insurance clients on a national basis. For the various entertainment entities which he has represented, Tertocha has provided legal representation concerning talent, performance, venue, licensing, recording, publishing, and motion picture transactions. Tertocha holds a juris doctorate from University of Detroit Law School and a bachelor’s degree in history from Oakland University. He is a former chair of the Florida Bar’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section, a member of the advisory committee to the Entertainment Law Initiative of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and on the Board of Directors of the Miami Music Authority.