Title/Position: Lecturer, Vocal PerformanceProfile:
Why did you choose music as your career?
Music was always a part of my life since a very young age, and I couldn’t think of myself being happy doing anything other than music. The more I devote my life to music, the much more I’m sure that I’ve made the right choice.
Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?
Because the Frost School of Music provides an environment where the student will be able to learn from professionals that are amazingly qualified in their field, passionate about sharing their knowledge with the students and supportive during their learning process. It is a safe and inspiring environment.
What do you hope to pass on to your students?
I hope to share with my students a solid music foundation, be that in vocal technique or in music fundamentals. With a solid basis the student will be able to apply every technique learned to future material, making him/her a qualified professional capable of facing any challenges to come.
What is your teaching philosophy? What do you expect from students at the Frost School of Music?
My philosophy of work focuses on achieving excellence with energy and enthusiasm.
My personal style of teaching brings enthusiasm and a clear methodology, in order to increase learning motivation. My goal is to encourage, support and lead to students to their musical development. I expect the students to give their best during their learning processes, by being present in the moment, focused and engaged in each activity. I expect to see great signs of improvement on a weekly basis.
Ana Flavia Zuim serves as Director of Contemporary Voice at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Her teaching experience includes contemporary voice, piano and electric bass, and the courses taught range from musical theater to both contemporary and classical styles of music. She directs the Musical Theater Workshop ensemble, as well as the Contemporary A Cappella and the American Modern Band ensembles at Frost.
Interested in the intricacy of the vocal mechanism, Ana Flavia serves as an active researcher in collaboration with the Miller School of Medicine, as a part of the Vocal Health Collaborative. She is a member of PAVA (Pan American Vocology Association), as well as NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and the Musician’s Union.
Zuim is an accomplished conductor, pianist, vocologist and electric bassist. She has music directed and conducted numerous musicals and showcases, and worked with various Broadway accredited professionals. Among her credits are the Broadway Across America tours of Billy Elliot (Associate Conductor), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Keys), The Wizard of Oz (Keys), Annie (Keys), The Sound of Music (Keys), Matilda (Keys), Kinky Boots (Keys) and Beautiful (Keys). She has also music directed Billy Elliot at The Ogunquit Playhouse, for which she won an IRNE award for best music direction on April 2015 and did her first presidential performance for President George H. W. Bush’s family. She recently music directed another production of Billy Elliot at the Maltz Jupiter Theater, working with Broadway director Matt Lenz and choreographer Greg Graham, and has been nominated for the 2016 Carbonell Award for best music direction of this production.
A native of Brazil, she moved to the USA in 2003 after completing her bachelors in music at State University of Londrina. She now holds a Masters in piano performance from Lynn University (2006), a Doctorate - PhD in Fine and Performing Arts, from Florida Atlantic University (2012) and a Vocology certification from the University of Utah, where she studied with vocal scientist Dr. Ingo Titze (2015). Her dissertation entitled “Speech Inflection in American Musical Theatre Compositions” had the collaboration of renowned composers such as Alan Menken, Stephen Flaherty, Larry O’Keefe, Libby Larsen, John Buccino among others.