Associate Professor Emeritus, Theory and Composition
Robert Gower is associate professor emeritus of theory and composition in the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He retired in 2011. Gower earned B.A. and M.M. degrees from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his D.M.A. from the University of Miami. In addition to his duties in the Theory/Composition area, he has served as accompanist and associate director of the University Singers with Lee Kjelson and accompanist of the University Chorale under the direction of Jo-Michael Scheibe. He is presently the artist director of the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami and director of traditional service at the United Methodist Church of Coral Gables. He is published by Concordia, Beiwin Mills, Plymouth Music, and Colla Voce.
Professor Emeritus, Theory and Composition
Paul Wilson is professor emeritus of theory and composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he chaired the committee to design and implement the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum. He retired in 2011. An expert on Schenkerian theory, he also taught traditional undergraduate music theory and musicianship, counterpoint, analysis, analysis of 20th-century music, and music-theory pedagogy. Paul Wilson is an internationally recognized expert on Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. In 1992 Yale University Press published his probing work The Music of Béla Bartók and in 2008 he delivered an address on sonata form in Bartók’s Fourth Quartet to an international conference on the Bartók Quartets. Wilson is currently working on studies of the music of Prokofiev. Professor Wilson holds a B.A. degree from Harvard University, an M.A. in music theory from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in music theory from Yale University.
Associate Dean Emeritus, Administration; Professor Emeritus of Music Education
Dr. Nicholas DeCarbo is associate dean emeritus of Administration and professor emeritus of music education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he taught conducting and undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental methods. He retired in 2011 after 29 years of service to the university. He also supervised associate teachers for the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy, and coordinated the activities of the UM Honor Band Festival. Dr. DeCarbo began his teaching career in the public schools of Pennsylvania where he taught instrumental music at the elementary, junior high, and senior high school levels for ten years, and served as music director and conductor of the Youngstown (OH) Symphony Youth Orchestra for ten years. Dr. DeCarbo continues an active professional life as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and enjoys following the careers of his former students who are esteemed educators worldwide. Nicholas DeCarbo is a prolific author of articles and papers on music education. Widely respected in the United States for his expertise, he is past editor of the prestigious journal Research Perspectives in Music Education.
Associate Professor Emeritus, Studio Music and Jazz
Randall Dollahon is associate professor emeritus (jazz guitar) at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He retired in 2011. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Houston and a B.M. degree from the University of Miami. In addition to directing the University of Miami's Jazz Guitar Program from 1977 to 2011, he has played concerts, toured, and/or recorded with Burt Bacharach, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Placido Domingo, Bob James, Dave Liebman, Steve Morse, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, Stanley Turrentine, Edgar Winter, and many other jazz, country, rock, and Latin artists and groups. He performed for more than five years with Edgar Winters, and played in the award-winning instrumental group The Dixie Dregs. In 2006 he was featured as a soloist in a week’s worth of concerts with the Jaco Pastorius Big Band at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan. He has played in concert with Hammond B-3 organists Dr. Lonnie Smith, Larry Goldings, Joey de Francesca, and Tony Monaco. He also performs at notable music festivals.
Professor and Chair Emeritus, Music Education and Music Therapy
Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo is professor and chair emeritus of the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She retired in 2011 after 29 years of service to the university. She is published widely and is an active researcher in early childhood music. She has presented at international, national, state and regional conferences. Professor Emeritus Jordan-DeCarbo is a past-president of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and published regularly in the early childhood music journal, Early Childhood Connections. She is the co-author of the chapter, “Music and Early Childhood Education,” in the New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning. She received a B.A. degree from Brescia College, an M.M. degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. degree from Kent State University. Professor Emeritus Jordan-DeCarbo serves on the editorial advisory board of Early Childhood Connections, the only music journal that advocates for music and movement-based learning for children birth to eight years old. She is also the research review editor for that journal. In addition, she is the consulting advisor for and past-president of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.
Professor Emeritus, Piano, Accompanying and Chamber Music
Professor Emeritus Paul Posnak’s international career as a concert pianist, recording artist, transcriber and teacher began as a child prodigy with a full scholarship to the Juilliard Preparatory School at age eight. He won First Prizes in the International J.S. Bach Competition as well as the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. Now professor and program director in accompanying and chamber music for the University of Miami Frost School of Music, he has performed at such venues as the White House, the Supreme Court, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York and throughout Europe, South America, and Asia to critical acclaim. A highly regarded collaborative artist, Dr. Posnak has worked with many world-renowned vocalists, including Luciano Pavarotti and Jennie Tourel, and performed and recorded with many of the world’s leading chamber ensembles. He has fourteen recordings of solo and chamber works for labels such as EMI, Naxos, Vox, Arabesque, Centaur, Yamaha Disklavier Artist Series and Cambria including his latest CD recording, The Tangos of Ernesto Nazareth, released in 2006. Dr. Posnak's reconstructions of the brilliant solo improvisations of George Gershwin and Thomas “Fats” Waller from the old recordings and radio broadcasts have established him as a world authority and his recent film on Chopin, directed by documentary film maker Anthony Allegro, has attracted international attention.
Professor Emeritus, Piano
Rosalina Sackstein, Professor Emeritus (Piano), retired from the Frost School of Music in 2012. She received B.S. and B.A degrees and a Performer’s Certificate in piano, violin, theory, and solfege from the Conservatory of Music, Camaguey, Cuba. She earned her M.Ed. degree from the University of Miami and a doctorate in pedagogy from the University of Havana, Cuba. Sackstein was a student of Claudio Arrau, Isabelle Vengerova, and Rafael DeSilva. She appears as a soloist with orchestras in the United States and abroad, conducts master classes and piano workshops, and serves as an adjudicator in competitions.