Grammy Award Nominations Garnered by UM Frost School’s Dean Shelly Berg, UM Trustee Gloria Estefan

December 12, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — Grammy Award Nominations Garnered by UM Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg, UM Trustee and Superstar Gloria Estefan, and HMI Artistic Director Terence Blanchard

The University of Miami (UM) Frost School of Music proudly announces that Dean Shelly Berg, a Steinway piano artist and critically acclaimed recording artist, composer, arranger and orchestrator was nominated for a second Grammy Award in the Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist category for his arrangement of “What a Wonderful World” on Gloria Estefan: The Standards (Sony Masterworks). He was nominated in the same category last year for his arrangement of “Out There” on Lorraine Feather’s release, Tales of the Unusual (Jazzed Media).

Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy winning international vocal superstar, UM trustee and alumna Gloria Estefan, was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Album category for her critically acclaimed new album, Gloria Estefan: The Standards. Gloria Estefan was also the producer of the project, along with co-producers Emilio Estefan and Shelly Berg.

Gloria Estefan: The Standards was recorded at The Hit Factory Criteria Recording Studios in Miami and conducted by Shelly Berg, engineered by Al Schmitt. Many Frost School of Music musicians were in the professional studio orchestra including faculty Glenn Basham, Shelly Berg, Scott Flavin, Ross Harbaugh, and Richard Todd; alumni Alfredo Oliva, B.M. '82 and Huifang Chen, M.M. '05; and D.M.A. candidates Adam Diderrich and Tomas Cotik (D.M.A. '13). Also featured on the recording are Shelly Berg’s longtime musical collaborators, multi Grammy Award winning drummer and producer Gregg Field and legendary bassist Chuck Berghofer. For more information, visit

Also of note, the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute’s artistic director Terence Blanchard was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category on “Don’t Run,” a track from his album, Magnetic on the Blue Note Records label. For details, visit

About Frost School of Music

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, music theory 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.

About the University of Miami

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.

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Gloria Estefan, right, in concert with Frost School's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, music directed by pianist Dean Shelly Berg at Festival Miami 2013.