March 11, 2012 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami has launched Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, a new comprehensive campaign to raise $1.6 billion by 2016. Momentum2 builds on the highly successful Momentum campaign which raised a record $1.4 billion by its completion in 2007. The University-wide campaign includes individual goals for each of its eleven schools and colleges, as well as other key initiatives across all five campuses.
The Frost School of Music’s goal for Momentum2 is to raise $40 million to construct new music buildings and refurbish others, as well as dramatically increase music scholarships, faculty endowments, and programmatic support, including outreach and mentoring programs. The Frost School has already secured 50% of its campaign goal. Additional Momentum2 gifts for the Frost School will be announced shortly, and throughout the campaign as they are received.
During the first Momentum campaign, the UM School of Music received two significant gifts from pillars of the South Florida community. The first, a naming gift from physician, businessman and former chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees, Dr. Phillip Frost, and his wife, Patricia Frost, an ardent supporter of education and the arts. The School was renamed the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music in their honor. The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library and Technology Center was also constructed during the previous campaign and is widely considered a jewel on the Coral Gables campus. Marta Weeks is a former chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees.
To kick-off the Momentum2 campaign, more than 700 University of Miami trustees and major donors were honored at a special reception, dinner and concert at the UM BankUnited Center on February 16. The evening’s theme was "Imagine” and featured the Frost School's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra with faculty vocalist Nicole Yarling performing “Whatever We Imagine.” Guest artist Kenny Loggins surprised the audience at the end, performing many of his award-winning hits with the Frost School’s stellar cross-genre student orchestra. The Frost School’s Dean Shelly Berg served as music director and conductor throughout the evening. Faculty member Steve Guerra contributed several new arrangements, as did student arrangers Jeremy Fox, Rafael de Lima, David Pegel, and Casey Dickey.
Construction will begin soon on the first of three new music buildings planned for the Momentum2 campaign: the Patricia L. Frost Studios Building, North and South Wings. Designed in a sleek and modern style by renowned architect Yann Weymouth and international design firm HOK as part of a new and approved UM master plan for the Frost School’s campus, the Patricia L. Frost Studios Building will showcase a grand new entrance to the Frost School of Music. The two wings will flank the Bertha Foster Practice Building, which will be fully renovated.
The Momentum2 Campaign for the Frost School of Music will also focus on raising additional capital funding for a new 200-seat Recital Hall overlooking Lake Osceola and the Cobb Fountain, as well as a new multi-media Center for Experiential Music, and renovation of the Arnold Volpe Building and other music facilities.
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