Frost Salutes Retiring Legends and Newly Tenured Faculty

May 16, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost School of Music announced the retirements and promotions of several remarkable faculty members this spring.

Paul Posnak, professor of piano, retired from teaching at UM Frost at the end of the spring 2014 semester. He will continue to perform solo, duo, and collaborative concerts internationally and curate his popular St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series series in North Miami. Glenn Basham, professor of violin, is retiring from his full-time teaching role at Frost to focus on his ever-growing career as concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic in Naples, Florida, and as a solo artist in classical, jazz, and bluegrass realms. He will transition to part-time teaching at Frost as his schedule permits and will continue his role as first violinist in the Bergonzi String Quartet.

Melissa de Graaf (musicology), Alan Johnson, B.M. ’82, (vocal performance), and Brian Lynch (jazz trumpet) were awarded tenure at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, which included a promotion to the rank of associate professor. They join a prestigious group of UM faculty who are considered national or international leaders in their respective fields.


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Paul Posnak, professor of piano, retired from teaching at UM Frost at the end of the spring 2014 semester.