Title/Position: Assistant Professor, Instrumental Performance (Double Bass) & Music EducationProfile:
Why did you choose music as your career?
Music performance and teaching are about connecting with people. To have a vocation that involves sharing something meaningful, that is both personal and accessible, that is able to add beauty and insight to life. .....This seems like a good use of my time.
What do you consider are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life?
Performing and touring with the Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony.
Winning the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass Concerto Competition.
Building a successful high school program from its infant stages that became recognized statewide and performed at the United Nations in 2003 and 2007.
Being named High School Music Teacher of the Year by my district.
Joining the String and Music Education Faculty of the Frost School of Music.
What do you hope to pass on to your students?
A genuine love and appreciation for their field of study and a desire to share it for the benefit of others.
What are you listening to these days?
Edgar Meyer, Carmina Burana, Hem, Alison Krauss, Aaron Copland, James Taylor
Finish the statement, “Music is…”
Music is…connection with others and the expression of life through sound.
Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?
I believe our school is way ahead of the curve in recognizing the ever-changing developments of the music industry, in all its facets. By promoting greater integration of music disciplines while still striving for the highest standards in performance excellence, I believe we are leading the way in providing the next generation of musician leaders….. and it happens to be in fun and beautiful Miami!
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.