February 19, 2015 — Coral Gables, Fla. — Over 770 students and 125 faculty of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus will soon rejoice in acoustic and creative comfort as they celebrate the official opening of the new LEED® Platinum, state-of-the-art Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios building complex at noon on February 20. There will be a short and dynamic musical program to kick off the celebration, followed by self-guided tours of the building where guests will discover music along the way, presented by music students and faculty.
The new complex was made possible by the generosity of the school’s naming benefactors Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost.
Designed by award-winning architects Yann Weymouth and HOK, and constructed by Skanska USA, the new facility boasts two buildings with 41,089 square feet of upscale teaching spaces and beautiful curb appeal. Located on UM’s Coral Gables campus at 5501 San Amaro Drive at Miller Drive, the Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios with triangle-shaped energy efficient windows is the first LEED® Platinum certified building project in the City of Coral Gables.
Frost School Dean Shelton “Shelly” G. Berg proudly stated, “The Patricia Louise Frost Studios are brilliant spaces, both aesthetically and acoustically. They place the Frost School of Music at the forefront of design and innovation intersecting teaching and learning music.” The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music was listed in September as one of the top 20 music schools worldwide in Musical America’s special report Top 50 Music Schools Around the World, ranked from a list of over 1,250 institutions. A rendering of the Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios was on the cover of the report.
Two sleekly designed buildings comprise the new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, sporting two large classrooms plus 77 spacious teaching studios for private lessons, chamber music rehearsals, and interactive classes. Each room is a “floating box” within a box; no two rooms share walls, floors or ceilings, providing optimal acoustics for teaching, learning and performing music. Recording capabilities are featured throughout. Its LEED® Platinum construction features a light harvesting design, solar panels, and energy efficient windows. Installed rooftop photovoltaic panels and rainwater harvesting cisterns dramatically reduce water and electricity usage. A grand entrance, reception center, and furnished terrace provide attractive areas for students and faculty to socialize. New pianos, keyboards, drum sets, guitar and bass amplifiers have been installed, along with high quality oak desks and cabinetry, and sound absorbing bamboo or ground seashell flooring materials throughout.
The buildings honor Patricia Louise Frost and her lifelong commitment to music education as an elementary school principal and higher education advocate.
Scheduled to attend the afternoon outdoor ceremony are Phillip and Patricia Frost, members of the UM Board of Trustees including Chairman Stuart Miller, University President Donna E. Shalala, Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, Dean Shelton “Shelly” G. Berg, major university donors, donors to this new building complex, music students, faculty, and alumni.
The opening musical portion of the ceremony will begin with Joan Tower’s powerful Fanfare for an Uncommon Woman, No. 1, and conclude with a medley of Leonard Bernstein’s joyous Alleluia and Shelly Berg’s new Gratitude performed by over 100 students from across the Frost School in a classical, jazz and contemporary blend. A host of students and faculty will then perform, demonstrate and interact with visitors as they tour the buildings.
Previously, Frost School of Music faculty were teaching private lessons in what were originally designed as 8’ x 10’ student practice rooms in the Bertha M. Foster Memorial Music Practice Building. Over the course of time, the practice rooms were slowly absorbed for private lesson teaching as the School’s enrollment expanded. The Frost School was able to add attractive new facilities over the years such as the Weeks Music Library and Technology Center that opened 10 years ago under the leadership of former dean William J. Hipp through a lead gift from philanthropists Austin and Marta Weeks. When Dean Berg arrived in 2007, he made new teaching facilities a top fundraising priority and the Frosts were first in line to pledge their support for the project. Other major donors contributed soon after, and the project was green-lighted for design and construction two years ago.
The opening of the new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios will enable the Frost School to turn its attention to renovating the current student practice rooms and convert them back to their original intention, beginning this summer.
• New grand entrance, highlighted by prominent towers, to the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music
• 77 chamber music and teaching studios, and two extra-large rehearsal halls
• Superior acoustics and state-of-the-art recording capabilities throughout
• New reception and information center and a furnished breezeway terrace
• LEED® Platinum sustainable design features including:
• Modulated electrochromic glazing on windows to reduce glare and heat
• Mold- and stain- resistant framing material to protect air quality
• Light and heat sensors with override capabilities
• Active-chilled-beam, energy-efficient air conditioning technology
• Rooftop photovoltaic panels and rain water harvesting cisterns to dramatically reduce water and electricity usage
About Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive and relevant in all of higher education. With over 700 students and 100 faculty members it a top choice for instrumental, keyboard and vocal performance as well as composition, music business, music education, music engineering technology, music therapy, songwriting, jazz, studio music, and more. It is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was a historic occasion.
The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.
The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, and was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, as well as Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.
Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides Frost students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation’s Ensemble Scholars program which provides free tuition, room and board to 19 academically strong and highly talented undergraduate music students; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.
Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, with a goal of raising $1.6 billion by 2016, seeks to advance learning, elevate scholarship, and make bold strides in health care in the community, across the country, and around the world. With over $1.5 billion already raised, Momentum2 comes on the heels of the institution’s record-breaking Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami, which concluded at the end of 2007 and raised more than $1.4 billion for endowed chairs and professorships, scholarships, facilities, academic and medical programs, and other initiatives.
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