The Henry Mancini Institute at the Frost School of Music is inspiring a whole new spectrum of artistic creation and professional training for orchestra musicians of the future.
Originally founded as a summer institute in Los Angeles and relocated to Miami, the Henry Mancini Institute at the Frost School of Music (HMI) has evolved into a comprehensive graduate training institute for aspiring professional musicians. Its new artistic director is multi-Grammy award winning composer and iconic trumpeter, Terence Blanchard.
At the core of the Henry Mancini Institute is a multi-genre ‘cross-over’ orchestra featuring outstanding student musicians who recognize the professional world they will enter after graduation is vastly different than the traditional music world of the past. Many have noted that such classical concert artists as Yo-Yo-Ma and Joshua Bell are stretching their musical explorations to incorporate a broader spectrum of styles into their recordings and live performances; future artists know they must do the same. The Henry Mancini Institute trains all of its aspiring musical artists to learn an expansive array of music, and is stretching the boundaries even further moving forward.
Under new leadership from Dean Shelly Berg, with an eye toward providing ‘real-world’ experiences, the Henry Mancini Institute at the Frost School of Music assembles the very best classical and jazz student musicians from around the world and trains them to play a full range of musical genres– from traditional and contemporary classical styles, to pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Asian, and other world music. By doing so, they are introducing—and creating—new musical works that are attracting younger, larger and more diverse audiences to the performing arts scene.
The Henry Mancini Institute granted 37 performance and composition fellowships in the fall of 2009, and plans to double that number by 2012. HMI fellowship funding is provided through private donations and the University of Miami.
A ‘Mancini Fellow’ is a graduate music student receiving fully-paid graduate tuition plus a stipend at the Frost School of Music to work as a teaching assistant and perform in the HMI Orchestra. The age of most participants is 22-25. They are chosen through a highly selective admission and audition process.
As the number of Mancini Fellows becomes complete in 2012, in addition to performing in the full HMI Orchestra, the string fellows will also comprise an elite string chamber orchestra, performing cutting-edge contemporary compositions as well as other major repertoire.
Recent Henry Mancini Institute events have featured such marquee guest artists as violinist Mark O’Connor, rock musicians Bruce Hornsby and Steve Miller, bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs, film composers Dave Grusin and Jorge Calandrelli, vocalists Patti Austin, Jon Secada, Monica Manicini, and instrumental greats Arturo Sandoval, John Clayton, Gary Burton, Dave Koz and Nestor Torres. Guest artists also work with HMI students in the classroom, concert stage, recording studio and other collaborative settings.