Frost Department of Theory and Composition Celebrates a Year of Accolades

February 03, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — Student composers and recent graduates of the Frost School were awarded commissions and top honors including first and second place in 2013 The American Prize competition.

Alessandra Salvati, D.M.A. ’13, was the Winner of The American Prize 2013 for her work Tektosyne: Three Architectures for Orchestra; a symphonic cycle composed for her doctoral thesis at UM. Salvati’s work has been described as “potent,” “moving” and able to create “a strong connection with the audience” (Larry Budmen, South Florida Classical Review). The judges’ comments about Tektosyne note that, "the Three Architectures for Orchestra is a monumental, richly orchestrated work, a sonic landscape, taking a listener on a journey of time and space." Salvati was previously a finalist for the American Prize 2012, and was a two-time winner of the University of Miami’s Concerto Competition (2010 and 2012), where Tektosyne had its World Premiere by UM’s own Frost Symphony Orchestra at the Annual Concerto Competition and Composition Winners Concert in February 2013.

Additionally, Rodrigo Bussad, M.M. candidate, was awarded Second Prize for The American Prize 2013 in the Student Chamber Music Division for his work Urizen for two flutes and guitar. The piece was commissioned in 2012 by the SoundSCAPE Festival in Italy. Urizen was lauded in the judges’ comments as "a composition based on extended techniques for all three performers, [a] piece able to take the listener on a journey that frightens and disturbs.” This past summer Rodrigo was one of only five composers selected from around the world to attend the Workshop, and his work Loin was just premiered in Toronto by Ensemble Paramirabo. Bussad ‘s work Depois da Chuva was performed in January by the Frost Symphony Orchestra in their 2014 Concerto and Composition Winners Concert.

Matthew Evan Taylor, M.M. ’11, and current D.M.A. candidate in Composition celebrated the world premiere of his ballet Elvrutu's Fall commissioned for the Miami Light Project, of which the Miami Herald remarked, “Taylor’s sparse, jazz-inflected music for flute, saxophone, stand-up bass and piano evokes melancholy and tension.” The Huffington Post said “Taylor's work delves into a self-image that is shrouded, fractured and incomplete, and controlled by dark forces.” Taylor recently returned from Paris in November 2013 as a commissioned artist for the CineJazz Paris Film and Music Festival.

Ben Morris, a junior Composition student, was a Winner of the inaugural Klezmer Company Orchestra Composition Competition at Florida Atlantic University. Frost Music Education major David Cruz was the Winner of the National Tau Beta Sigma Call for Scores 2013. His choral composition was premiered at Tau Beta Sigma National Conference, Summer 2013.

On reports of the department’s many distinctions, Lansing McLoskey, associate professor of Composition and Theory, recounts them as “a tremendous honor, and a feather in the cap for not only the Music Theory and Composition department, but the Frost School of Music.”

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The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School.

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, was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and 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 students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series which brings free music master classes and lectures to the community; 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.

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Alessandra Salvati, D.M.A. ’13, Winner of The American Prize 2013 for her work Tektosyne: Three Architectures for Orchestra