Welcoming New Frost School Faculty

October 15, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — New faculty at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music bring a broad range of experiences to the school and engage students in new ways of learning and professional development. Among this group are award-winning and internationally renowned musicians who teach instrumental and vocal performance, music therapy, jazz, and musicology. They are at the top of their field in performance and research. The Frost School of Music is in good hands with these full-time appointments, as they provide dynamic and inspired music instruction for today’s exciting world.

Gabriel Beavers, associate professor of bassoon in the Department of Instrumental Performance, was on the faculty of Louisiana State University School of Music for six years. He teaches private bassoon lessons and also coaches the Frost Woodwind Ensemble. Formerly a fellow with the New World Symphony, he has also served as principal bassoon with the Virginia Symphony, acting principal bassoon with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony, and as acting second bassoon with the Milwaukee Symphony for one season.

John Daversa, assistant professor, chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz, and director of the Frost Concert Jazz Band, is a performer (trumpet/EVI), composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, and recording artist. He previously taught at California State University, Northridge and University of Southern California. He is a winner of the Herb Alpert Award, National Trumpet Competition, and ITG Jazz Soloist Competition, and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Karen Henson, associate professor of musicology, focuses her research on 19th-century opera, singers and opera performance, and opera and technology. Henson trained at the University of Oxford and in Paris. Fellowships and awards from The British Academy, the Stanford Humanities Center, Harvard University, and the Radcliffe Institute have supported her work for advanced studyShe recently completed her first book, Opera Acts: Singers and Performance in the Late Nineteenth Century, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.

Kate Reid, M.M. ’96, D.M.A. ’03, is associate professor of jazz voice and program director for Jazz Vocal Performance. An acclaimed jazz singer and pianist,
 Reid was previously chair of the music department and head of the applied music and jazz programs at Cypress College in California. In demand as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator at jazz and choral festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, Reid earned her graduate degrees in jazz vocal performance from the Frost School and a B.M. in jazz studies from Western Michigan University.

Robynne Redmon*, mezzo-soprano and assistant professor of vocal performance, is a respected interpreter of modern music and creator of new roles. Critics have hailed her “glorious singing, intense acting, excellent phrasing, ardent tone, splendid shading, and solid coloratura and excellent artistic sense” (Das Opernglas) and praised her “exactitude of pitch, luxuriance of tone, abundant animal spirit, and unerring dramatic intelligence” (Newsday). Equally at home in recital and concert, she has appeared and recorded with symphonies worldwide.

Kevin Short*, bass-baritone and assistant professor of vocal performance, has a wide range of repertoire that has won him roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyrica Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Opéra-Comique in Paris. Short has performed as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Mephistopheles in Faust, Escamillo in Carmen, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Figaro and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Porgy in Porgy and Bess. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Short was a competition prizewinner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Opera America Competition.

* professors joined as full time faculty after serving as visiting professors the prior year.


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The six new faculty from left to right: Gabriel Beavers, John Daversa, Karen Henson, Kate Reid, Robynne Redmon, and Kevin Short.