Robert M. Carnochan Joins UM Frost School of Music as Director of Wind Ensemble Activities

June 01, 2015 — Coral Gables, Fla. — The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami announces the selection of Dr. Robert M. Carnochan as professor of music, director of wind ensemble activities and conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble beginning August 15, 2015.

Carnochan (pronounced “Car-na-han”) was previously professor of instrumental conducting at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin for 13 years, where he was director of the Longhorn Band, and associate director of bands. He holds degrees from Towson University (B.S. Music Education), the University of Colorado at Boulder (M.M. conducting) and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. conducting). A Maryland native, Carnochan’s career began as director of bands at Dundalk High School in the Baltimore area. He then held appointments at Stephen F. Austin State University, Northeastern Oklahoma State University, and University of Colorado at Boulder, before joining the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin.

Carnochan was selected from a pool of top candidates who are renowned in the world of instrumental conducting as outstanding musicians and pedagogues. Throughout his illustrious career Dr. Carnochan has collaborated with leading composers and commissioned significant new works, which he will continue to pursue in his new role as conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble.

Carnochan is also active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States, and has conducted concerts in London, Spain, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Singapore. His recording of Donald Grantham’s Tuba Concerto, with soloist Charles Villarrubia, was recently released and is available for download from iTunes.

Robert Carnochan replaces former director and professor Gary Green who retired on May 15 after 22 years on the UM Frost School of Music faculty.

About the 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 Symphony Orchestra, Frost Wind Ensemble 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.

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