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.
Charles Castleman is the newly appointed professor of violin at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. He will teach as a visiting professor during the 2014-2015 academic year, then exclusively and full time at Frost beginning Fall 2015. He was professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music for four decades and department chair for eight years. He is perhaps the world’s most active performer and pedagogue on the violin today. He is also the founder and director of the prestigious Castleman Quartet Program, an intensive and extensive summer workshop in solo and chamber performance, now in its 46th year. A medalist at both the International “Tchaikovsky” and “Brussels” competitions, he has appeared as a featured soloist with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Boston, Brisbane, Chicago, Hong Kong, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Seoul and Shanghai, to name a few. A beloved artist-teacher with thousands of former students around the world, he has conducted master classes in all major cities of Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada, China and more. As one of 16 Ford Foundation Concert Artists, he commissioned David Amram’s Violin Concerto and premiered it with Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony. His discography includes some of the most difficult works ever written for violin such as six Solo Sonatas by Ysaÿe, eight Csardases for Violin and Orchestra by Jenő Hubay and ten virtuoso cameos by Pablo de Sarasate, plus chamber music with acclaimed ensembles including the Raphael Trio. Charles Castleman earned degrees from Harvard University, Curtis Institute of Music, and the University of Pennsylvania. His teachers were Emanuel Ondricek and Ivan Galamian, his most influential coaches David Oistrakh, Henryk Szeryng, and Josef Gingold. He plays the “Marquis de Champeaux” Stradivarius and “Sammons” Goffriller from 1708, and chooses from over 80 bows.
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.
Faculty String Quartet in Residence
The Bergonzi String Quartet, named for the famous violin maker, Carlo Bergonzi, has been Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Miami Frost School of Music since 1992, where all four performers are faculty members: Glenn Basham (violin), Scott Flavin (violin), Pamela McConnell (viola) and Ross Harbaugh (cello). In their first three years they performed the Beethoven Quartet cycle in a series of six concerts at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. Since then, they have developed a repertoire that includes many Latin works and a large number of original arrangements created by the members of the quartet, including Neil Hefti's What is this thing called Love?, Schubert's Erlkonig and Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals for String Quartet and 12 Instruments. Prior to joining the Bergonzi Quartet, the four members were part of the New World, Rowe, Chester, and Ellis String Quartets, and have extensive collective experience, performing in virtually every major center in the world, with concerts throughout Europe, U.K., North and South America, New Zealand, and Asia. Touring the U.S yearly, the Bergonzi Quartet performs in Miami, Boston, New York City, Michigan, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Colorado, and have been invited to perform in Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea. They have released seven recordings including Bergonzi: By Arrangement Only, For Bergonzi Four, Mendelssohn Quartets, Bergonzi Live, Debussy and Ginastera, Cadman Quintet and Trio, for the Naxos and Bergonzi Records labels. In the summer, they are in in residence at the Pine Mountain Music Festival and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory.
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.
Kay Kemper, harp, is a lecturer at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A classically trained harpist and musician, Kay Kemper has had over 40 years professional playing and teaching experience. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, her teachers include Joan Harrison Ceo, Lucile Lawrence and Alice Chalifoux. Kay has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas in Venezuela. She has also participated in the summer music festivals at the Interlochen National Music Camp, Tanglewood Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. A versatile performer, Kay enjoys giving lecture recitals, playing chamber music, or providing ambience with background music. She has performed on 3 cruise ships and seen many different ports around the world. As an active freelance musician in South Florida since 1990, Kay performs regularly with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and Palm Beach Symphony, the Palm Beach Pops, Florida Grand Opera Orchestra, and the Southwest Florida Symphony in Ft. Myers, as well as various private functions in the area. She maintains a private teaching studio and has recently completed a 4 year term as President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society.