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  1. Daniel Andrews

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    Dan Andrews, alto saxophone, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. A high achiever both academically and musically, he studied saxophone privately with Dale Underwood and Gary Keller. A proficient woodwind doubler (flute, clarinet, soprano sax), Andrews also performed in the sax section of the Frost Concert Jazz Band. Originally from Finksburg, Maryland, Andrews had been playing alto saxophone for over ten years before attending Frost. Prior teachers include David Duree, Steve Swan, Ron Diehl and Troy Roberts. Dan Andrews was named an “Outstanding Soloist” at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival (2010), and also the “Jazz Soloist” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011). The Stamps Jazz Quintet was also chosen by DownBeat as the Jazz Group winner in the same year and category.

    Instrument: Alto Saxophone

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2013

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  2. Ronald Bishop

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    Ronald Bishop was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2006-2007 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his many contributions to the world of music. He has been Principal Tuba in the Cleveland Orchestra since 1967. He teaches tuba at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a member of the Severance Brass Quintet, Cleveland Low Brass Ensemble, and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds. He has been a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra on numerous occasions, and has made many other appearances as clinician, soloist, and recitalist. Bishop is a former member of the American Wind Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

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  3. Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen

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    Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen, trumpet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty mentor Sam Pilafian. He studies privately with Craig Morris. Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen also performs in the Frost Wind Ensemble and other major ensembles. Lasse Bjerknaes-Jacobsen has performed in both the United States and his hometown, Oslo, Norway. He won the Oslo and Akershus championship for soloists four times and placed first in the Norwegian Youth Music Championship. He has played as a soloist at the Barratt Due Institute of Music, the Oslo Jazz Festival and the Bergen International Festival. He has been a soloist in Sweden, England, Germany and China and with ensembles/orchestras such as Ytre Suløens jazz ensemble, Nordic Brass Ensemble (2 times) and His Majesty the King's Guard (4 times). He has performed in master classes in Sweden, England, Germany and China. He was a member of the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra in 2011, Großes Europäisches Blechbläserensemble in 2010 and Die Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend-Philharmonie (in Berlin, Germany). He performed previously with the Norwegian Youth Symphonic Orchestra (NUSO) and the Norwegian Children Symphonic Orchestra (NBSO).

    Instrument: Trumpet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

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  4. Marcelo Bourque Perez

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    Marcelo Bourque Perez, drums, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2017, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studies drum privately with Steve Rucker and John Yarling. Marcelo has received a total of 12 soloist awards from the festivals in which he has participated, including a 2011 Berkeley Mayoral Award for his achievements in performing arts. Most recently he was selected as a finalist for the National Young Arts Foundation in 2013, where he was flown to Miami to perform with the top two percent of applicants for the program. Marcelo has worked with numerous bands at the Berkeley High School Jazzschool including the Monday Night Studio Band and the Advanced High School Jazz Workshop. His ensembles have received three Downbeat awards, and many other award including first place Conglomerate Combo in the Mingus Festival, first place High School Combo at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and first place High School Combo at the Reno Jazz Festival.

    Instrument: Drums

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2017

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  5. Bob Bruya

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    Bob Bruya, bass, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2017, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studies bass privately with Donald Coffman and Chuck Bergeron. Hailing from the fantastic music scene of Ellensburg, Washington, Bob received honors throughout his schooling for his musical accomplishments, from being named Principal Bass of the Washington All-State Youth Orchestra when he was in eighth grade to being selected as the Grammy Jazz Session Big Band (Grammy Band) bassist his senior year. Bob has studied privately with Jon Hamar and Kara Hunnicutt.

    Instrument: Bass

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2017

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  6. Jimmy Buffett

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    Jimmy Buffett was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2009-2010 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his musical accomplishments in the popular culture genre. Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture as the composer of such classic songs as Margaritaville, Come Monday and Cheeseburger in Paradise. He has recorded more than 40 albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His sold–out…

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  7. Gary Burton

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    An Indiana native, Gary Burton was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2009-2010 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his impressive career in music. He made his recording debut at age 17 in Nashville, Tennessee with guitarist Hank Garland and Chet Atkins. Two years later, he began playing with George Shearing and subsequently, with Stan Getz. Burton’s first quartet, a progenitor of the jazz-fusion phenomenon, enjoyed popularity with both jazz and rock…

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  8. Craig Carothers

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    Craig Carothers was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2011-2012 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his acclaimed singing and songwriting. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he now makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee. His “Little Hercules” was recorded by Trisha Yearwood on her gold album Everybody Knows. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Kathy Mattea, Lorrie Morgan, Sons of the Desert, Kate Markowitz, Andrea Zonn, Steve Seskin, Berkley Hart, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Carothers also wrote several songs for the soundtrack of the 2005 movie The Californians, including the title track.

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  9. Victor Colmenares

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    Victor Colmenares, violin, majored in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. He studied privately with Glenn Basham. He participated in coaching sessions with musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and Frost artist-in-residence Mark O’Connor and performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Victor Colmenares was born in Columbia. He began playing the violin at age 6. In 2010, he graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where he studied with Annie Chalex Boyle and Hal Grossman. Before attending Frost, Victor was concertmaster of several youth orchestras in Columbia, including Orchestra of the Javeriana University in Bogota where he won the program “Lunes de Jovenes Interpretes.” He was also the winner of the Young Musician Competition Oreste Sindici, organized by the Colombian Embassy in Italy, Bogota in October 2007. As a member of the Stamps Strings Quartet, Colmenares has performed at the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City, and twice at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy.

    Instrument: Violin

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014

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  10. John Corigliano

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    John Corigliano was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2008-2009 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of today’s finest and most widely recognized American composers. Corigliano came to prominence in 1964 when his Sonata for Violin and Piano  (1963) became the first and only winner in Italy’s Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds’ chamber music competition. Support from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim…

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  11. Douglas J. Cuomo

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    Douglas J. Cuomo was invited to be a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2012-2013 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music because of his major accomplishments as a composer in varied media.

    He has written extensively for concert and theatrical stages, television and film. His expressive musical language is a natural outgrowth of his eclectic background and training. While in his teens, Cuomo became a professional guitarist, alternating years of college with years on…

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  12. Anthony Davis

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    Anthony Davis was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2008-2009 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as an internationally known composer of operatic, symphonic, choral, and chamber works, as well as a pianist and as the leader of the ensemble Episteme. His best known opera, X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, played to sold-out houses at its 1986 New York City Opera premiere and was the first of a new American genre: opera on a contemporary political…

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  13. Amanda Diaz

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    Amanda Diaz, viola, majored in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where she was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. She studied privately with Pamela A. McConnell. With the Stamps Strings Quartet, Amanda Diaz traveled to Texas to perform in an All-State music convention alongside Frost artist-in-residence Mark O’Connor. The summer after their freshman year, the Stamps String Quartet was selected by audition to work with the Juilliard String Quartet in an intense weeklong seminar in New York, culminating in a performance of the entire Shostakovitch String Quartet No. 3 in Paul Hall at Lincoln Center. Amanda Diaz also traveled twice with the Stamps String Quartet to the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy, where she performed in multiple concerts. At the Frost School of Music, Diaz participated in multiple coaching sessions with musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and performed with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Opera Theater, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and other major Frost School ensembles. Diaz was born in Miami, Florida and graduated with honors from the New World School of the Arts where she was named most outstanding junior in the music division and a winner in their concerto competition.

    Instrument: Viola

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014

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  14. Lamont Dozier

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    Lamont Dozier was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2010-2011 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his passion of the musical theater and recording industries. As a member of Holland-Dozier-Holland, is responsible for writing and producing over 54 #1 hits for The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and a host of others, giving them credit for being the architects of the Motown sound. As a result, he has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame…

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  15. Adam Epstein

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    Adam Epstein was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2004-2005 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his talent in musical theatre. At the young age of 28, Epstein won the 2003 Tony Award for the smash hit musical Hairspray.  In addition, Hairspray was named Best Musical of 2003 by the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League, and the New York Drama Critics Circle. Hairspray also won seven Tonys, including awards for…

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  16. Samuel Exline

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    Sam Exline, trumpet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty mentor Sam Pilafian. He studies privately with Craig Morris. The Stamps Brass Quintet is in its freshman year, and is working on standard brass quintet literature as well as new works, and will perform together over the next four years at numerous concerts and venues. Born and raised in Meridian, Idaho, near Boise, Sam Exline participated in the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for 5 years, played in the Interlochen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in the summer of his high school sophomore year, was principal trumpet of the All-Northwest Orchestra, principal trumpet of the MENC National Music Conference Orchestra and principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in his junior year. He began playing trumpet in the middle of first grade, and even then aspired to become a professional trumpet player. In recent years, he has focused more specifically on becoming an orchestral trumpet player. In addition to his musical activities, he is also interested in academics in general and graduated with a 4.0 GPA from high school and was valedictorian of his graduating class.

    Instrument: Trumpet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

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  17. Leon Fleisher

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    At 83 years young, 2012 Stamps Distinguished Visitor Leon Fleisher continues to thrive as a conductor and pianist. The youngest-ever student of Artur Schnabel, Fleisher debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 1944. In 1952, he became the first American to win the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, establishing him as one of the world's premier classical pianists. At age 36, a neurological affliction left two fingers on Flesher's right hand immobile. He began focusing on repertoire for the left hand only, forging new ground as a soloist, conductor and teacher. Experimental treatments finally restored the mobility in Fleisher's hand, and in 2004, he won enormous acclaim for his recording, Two Hands. Among other honors and awards, Flesher received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 for his contributions to U.S. Culture.

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  18. Jacques Gadway

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    Jacques Gadway, violin, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Music Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2018, coached by Professor Ross Harbaugh. He studies privately with Frost faculty violin artist Scott Flavin. Gadway graduated from Coral Reef Senior High in Miami, Florida where he was the concertmaster of both the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. He was also concertmaster of the String Orchestra of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, a member of the Young Musicians’ Orchestra of Coral Gables Congregational Church, and concertmaster of Miami Strings Project. He performed in numerous All-State Orchestras beginning in the seventh grade and in 11th grade, was selected as concertmaster of the Florida All-State 11th and 12th Grade Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he was awarded full scholarships to summer programs such as the Young Musicians Camp at the University of Miami; the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina; and the four-week National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (NSO-SMI) at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Jacques Gadway started violin at age four while living in Southern Illinois and later relocated to Homestead, Florida. In his free time, Jacques likes to improvise on both violin and piano, play basketball and tennis with his friends and brothers, and compose music.

    Instrument: Violin

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2018

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  19. Philip Glass

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    Born in Baltimore, Philip Glass was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2007-2008 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his tremendous accomplishments as an award winning composer.

    Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris, while earning money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. Upon his return to New York, he applied…

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  20. Benny Golson

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    Multi-talented tenor saxophonist, composer, and NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2011-2012 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his prodigious contributions to the world of jazz. From his early years with Dizzy Gillespie’s band and Art Blakey’s 60-year run as solo performer and TV film composer, Golson has had a multifaceted career. Jazz aficionados love Golson’s original compositions “Blues March,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Killer Joe,” and “Stablemates,” while TV and film fans know his music from M*A*S*H, Mission Impossible, and The Cosby Show.

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  21. Corky Hale

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    Pianist, harpist and vocalist Corky Hale was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2009-2010 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for her many contributions to the music industry. She was only seven when she was featured performer in a Florida hotel’s house band. She grew up to accompany such artists as Billie Holiday and Mel Tormé on the piano; Liberace, Tony Bennett, Judy Collins, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole on the harp; and sing with the bands of Harry…

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  22. Marvin Hamlisch

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    Marvin Hamlisch was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2005-2006 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as an artist with great versatility as well as substance. He has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globe awards. His groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize. He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores, including his Oscar-winning score and…

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  23. Sidney Harman

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    Sidney Harman was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in the first season, 2003-2004. Philanthropist, triumphant entrepreneur, government servant and steward of journalism, Sidney Harman, built Harman International Industries, Inc., a branded-audio and infotainment company. Harman played the key role in his company until formally retiring at age 88 in 2006. A few years later at the age of 91 Harman bought Newsweek magazine from the Washington Post Company.

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  24. Sam Hart

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    Sam Hart, alto saxophone, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2017, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. A high achiever both academically and musically, he is currently studying saxophone privately with Dale Underwood and Gary Keller. During the summer of 2013, Sam toured the northeast and Canada with The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Joe Lovano. He was the 2013 finalist for YoungArts and one of seven jazz musicians chosen from out of 10,000 national applicants to participate in performances, master classes and various events in the Miami area. In May 2013 he performed in a collaborative event produced and directed by Mikhail Baryshnikov through YoungArts NY and has been a member of the High School Grammy Jazz Band for two years.

    Instrument: Saxophone

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2017

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  25. Jerry Herman

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    Jerry Herman was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2005-2006 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his incredible contributions to Broadway and Motion Pictures as both a composer and lyricist. There is never an evening when, somewhere in the world, the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman are not being sung by a lady in a red headdress, or a lady with a bugle, or a middle-aged man in a wig and a boa. Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage are home to…

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  26. Adolph “Bud” Herseth

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    Bud Herseth was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in the first season, 2003-2004. Today he is recognized as one of the world’s greatest symphonic trumpeters. He played principal trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 53 years. Although Herseth has made relatively few recordings as a soloist, he has appeared on almost all of the several hundred of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s from the latter half of the twentieth century. Among his more distinguished solo recordings is the Haydn Trumpet Concerto on DG, led by Claudio Abbado. Herseth also performed and recorded with the Chicago Symphony Brass Ensemble.

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  27. Nicolas Hetko

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    Nick Hetko, piano, majored in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013, coached by faculty mentor Charles Bergeron. He studied piano privately with Shelly Berg, Martin Bejerano and Daniel Strange. In addition to his focus on audio engineering, Hetko also enjoyed performing in a variety of jazz ensembles at Frost including the New Music Ensemble, Monk/Mingus Ensemble, the DownBeat collegiate award winning Funk/Fusion Ensemble, and others. Originally from Cambridge, New York, Nick Hetko has performed with James Moody, Matt Wilson, Chris Potter, Buddy Guy, and Kenny Burrell. He won second place in the prestigious Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition in May 2013 and was part of the final four in the Nottingham Jazz Piano Competition in 2012, where he received a special commendation for improvisation.He also received a Young Jazz Composer award for his composition Snowflakes from the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) and was selected into the Brubeck Jazz Colony.

    Instrument: Piano

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2013

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  28. Donald A. Hodges

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    Donald A. Hodges was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2005-2006 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his great contributions to music education. He is Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and director of the Music Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas (B.M.E.) and the University of Texas (M.M. and Ph.D.). Hodges is contributing editor of the Handbook of Music Psychology and the accompanying Multimedia Companion, and has published extensively in music education and music psychology. Formerly on the editorial boards of Music Educators Journal and Update:Applications of Research in Music Education, he has served on committees for the International Society for Music Medicine and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. He has also served as Chair of the Music Perception and Cognition Special Research Interest Group (Music Educators National Conference).

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  29. Lorin Hollander

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    Lorin Hollander was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in the first season, 2003-2004. Hollander is a world-renowned concert pianist with a continuously acclaimed 50-year international career that began with a Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 11. He has appeared as guest soloist with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the world and is a veteran of over 2,500 performances: orchestral, recital, lecture/recital, chamber music - as well as symphony and choral conductor. He has collaborated with many leading conductors, including, Bernstein, Haitink, Leinsdorf, Levine, Mehta, Monteux, Ormandy, Ozawa, Previn, Slatkin, Szell and Tilson Thomas.

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  30. Marilyn Horne

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    Marilyn Horne was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2004-2005 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of the world’s most popular operatic performers. She received numerous accolades and honors in the arts as well as academia. A mezzo-soprano, Horne has sung at the Reagan, Bush and Clinton White Houses and at President Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. Horne celebrated 26 years as the leading lady at the Metropolitan Opera and in 1999, was honored for…

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  31. Bruce Hornsby

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    Bruce Hornsby was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2006-2007 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his impressive accomplishments as a thought-provoking composer and lyricist, and as beloved University of Miami Frost School of Music alumnus. Since the release of his first album in April 1986, Grammy Award winner and Frost School of Music alumnus Bruce Hornsby has created a musical life that has expanded far and wide to include a broad stylistic range of activities. An 11-time Grammy nominee with three Grammy Awards to his credit, Hornsby is known in the music industry as a collaborator. He has been sought after by a veritable "who’s who" in the music business and has played on over 100 records through the years, including albums by Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, Crosby Stills and Nash, Stevie Nicks, Cowboy Junkies, Squeeze,Liquid Jesus, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Béla Fleck, Clint Black, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Scruggs, Willie Nelson, and end-title songs for two Spike Lee movies, Clockers, and Bamboozled.

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  32. Sarah Huesman

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    Sarah Huesman, cello, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Music Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2018, coached by Professor Ross Harbaugh; she also studies privately with Harbaugh. Sarah Huesman is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and entered the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a high school freshman. While at UNC School of the Arts, Huesman was a member of the Jia String Quartet, semi-finalist at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana, and studied with faculty artist Brooks Whitehouse. She began studying cello at the age of 6 with Worth Williams, and also studied with cellist Anne Sellitti. She earned accolades in a number of music competitions while in high school including 1st Place in the 2012 Psi Phi Regional Talent Search; 1st Place in the 2013 Music Academy of North Carolina String Competition; 1st Place in the Junior Division of the 2014 NC Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA); and 3rd Place in the 2014 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search. Huesman’s summer studies and festival experiences have included participation in the Brevard Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music. She also attended the International Music Festival of the Adriatic (IMFA) in Duino, Italy.

    Instrument: Cello

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2018

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  33. Thomas Johnson

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    Thomas Johnson, violin, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Music Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2018, coached by Professor Ross Harbaugh. Johnson studies privately with Frost faculty violinist Scott Flavin. Hailing from Florissant, Missouri in the greater St. Louis area, Thomas Johnson began his musical studies on the guitar at age six. He then began studying violin at age 8 with Dawn Pennell. At age 12 he won a full scholarship for the Illinois Summer Youth Music camp from the Alton Youth Symphony. He also performed a solo work with the youth orchestra in front of a live audience. From age 14, he worked with teacher Yuly Ilyashov and began participating in nearby Webster University's Preparatory Program, designed to augment the individual music study of exceptionally talented string and other instrumental students. He continued his work with the Webster Prep Program until his High School graduation. Johnson also performed in the St. Louis Youth Orchestra for three years. Thomas Johnson’s career goals are to attend graduate school, and ultimately play violin in a professional string quartet.

    Instrument: Violin

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2018

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  34. Charles Koppelman

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    Producer Charles Koppelman was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2008-2009 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his career in writing, consulting, producing, and directing documentary and feature films. A California native, he also writes for screen, stage, and publication. In addition to producing Revolution of Forms, he is co-writing the libretto and directing a feature-length documentary about the making of the opera. Koppelman recently co-wrote…

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  35. Libby Larsen

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    Libby Larsen was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2010-2011 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of America’s most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of more than 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and 12 operas. A Grammy Award winner who is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world,…

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  36. Charles Lazarus

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    Trumpeter and composer Charles Lazarus was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2012-2013 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his eclectic music career. He is known for his distinctive blend of lounge/exotica and funk-fired jazz. Lazarus made his stage Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra at the age of 19 while still a student at The Juilliard School in New York. Since that time, he has performed with notable groups such as the New York Trumpet Ensemble, The New York Big Brass, The London Brass, and the Montréal Symphony. He has been a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Les Violins du Roy, and the Bach Society, among others. He has been a member of the Dallas Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble and Canadian Brass, and is currently a member of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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  37. Daniel Levitin

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    Daniel Levitin was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2010-2011 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his many contributions to neurological music therapy research. Levitin earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon, researching complex auditory patterns and pattern processing in expert and non-expert populations. He completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University Medical School in neuroimaging and at UC Berkeley in cognitive psychology. He has consulted on audio sound source separation for the U.S. Navy, and on audio quality for several record labels and rock bands, including the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan, He also served as one of the “Golden Ears” expert listeners in the original Dolby AC3 compression tests.

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  38. Ramsey Lewis

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    Pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2007-2008 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his performance style and musical selections that display his early gospel roots and classical training. A native Chicagoan, Lewis began taking piano lessons at age four. Ramsey Lewis captivated fans with his first album, “Ramsey Lewis and the Gentlemen of Swing,” by the Ramsey Lewis Trio in 1956. By 1965, he was one of the…

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  39. Andrew Lippa

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    Andrew Lippa was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in the first season, 2003-2004. He wrote the Tony-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family and the music for the Broadway production of The Farnsworth Invention directed by Des McAnuff. In 1999 he contributed three new songs to the Broadway version of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Lippa’s awards include a Tony and Grammy nomination, sharing in an Emmy for the Nickelodeon TV series The Wonder Pets, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, The Drama Desk and The Outer Critics Circle.

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  40. Aidan Lombard

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    Aidan Lombard, trumpet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2017, coached by faculty mentor Charles Bergeron. He studies trombone privately with Dante Luciani. Aidan has played in some of Chicago’s most prestigious Jazz venues including the Congress Theater and Joe and Wayne Segal’s legendary Jazz Showcase. He has been recognized on a national level as an outstanding musician and was chosen as one of only two trumpeters to participate in the Vail Jazz Workshop, where he studied with some of the most recognized professional jazz musicians in the world, including the legendary trumpeter Terell Stafford. He has played with several of the country’s best trumpeters and educators including Derrick Gardner, trumpeter in the Count Basie Jazz Orchestra, and Clay Jenkins, trumpeter in the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and professor of Jazz trumpet at Eastman School of Music.

    Instrument: Trumpet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2017

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  41. Joe Lovano

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    Joe Lovano was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2004-2005 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his great contributions to the jazz world.

    was taught to play alto sax as a child by his father, Tony “Big T” Lovano, a respected Cleveland, Ohio saxophonist. In his youth, he was frequently exposed to jazz artists traveling through town such as Sonny Stitt, James Moody, and Dizzy Gillespie. Although steeped in bebop, Lovano developed an interest…

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  42. Steve Miller

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    Steve Miller was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2012-2013 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his tremendous contribution to the music profession.

    Miller’s trademark blues-rock sound makes him one of rock music’s all-time greats. The Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years.

    Born in Milwaukee, Steve Miller had excellent teachers: Les Paul taught the young boy a few chords,…

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  43. Jason Moran

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    2010 MacArthur Foundation recipient Jason Moran was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2012-2013 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as a risk-taking pianist and innovator of new directions for jazz. He was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2012-2013 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his immense contributions to the music industry. His awards include Jazz Artist, Jazz Album & Pianist of the Year in the 59th…

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  44. Julia Paine

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    Julia Paine, bassoon, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studies privately with Luciano Magnanini. Originally from Chicago, she participated as the principal bassoonist in a local youth symphony orchestra with Midwest Young Artists for three years. In addition, she participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association for three years making it to both All-State and Honors Orchestras. She was also the principal bassoonist in New Trier High School’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble. This past year, Julia participated in a bassoon, clarinet, oboe trio called No Strings Attached. With the trio, she won the Winds and Other Instruments Category in the 2012 Discover National Chamber Music Competition, earned an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition, was a finalist in the 2012 Society of American Musicians Competition, and participated in the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

    Instrument: Bassoon

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet

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  45. Larysa Pavelek

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    Larysa Pavelek, French horn, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studies horn privately with Richard Todd. Larysa also performs in the Frost Symphony Orchestra and other major ensembles at the Frost School. As a member of, the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, she has performed at numerous venues in South Florida, and at Festival Miami in 2011, sharing the program with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. Larysa Pavelek was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She graduated as valedictorian of West Salem High School in June 2011 and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has played the piano for 13 years and the French horn for 8 years. She was a member of the 2010 and 2011 Oregon State Champion Wind Ensembles. Throughout high school, she participated in other music ensembles such as Symphony, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Concert Choir, Pit Orchestra, and Pep Band, and was a piano accompanist in the Choir program. Outside of her music activities, she enjoys hiking, reading, running, watching sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.

    Instrument: French horn

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet

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  46. Michael Piolet

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    Michael Piolet, drums, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studied drum-set and jazz percussion privately with Steve Rucker and John Yarling. As a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet at the Frost School of Music, he performed at the Monterey Next Generation Festival in California and the 2011 and 2012 JEN conferences in New Orleans and Louisville. He was also featured on the Stamps Jazz Quintet’s self-titled debut album on Summit Records. The Stamps Jazz Quintet was chosen as the “Jazz Group” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011). Michael Piolet performed in a variety of other jazz groups at Frost, including the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival in Florida with flautist Nestor Torres and at Festival Miami with saxophonist Dave Liebman, both in 2012.

    Instrument: Drums and Percussion

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2013

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  47. Donald Pippin

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    Donald Pippin was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2004-2005 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of Broadway’s most honored conductors.

    Pippin has served for 14 years as musical director of New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall. He is the recipient of a Tony Award for Oliver, an Emmy for Broadway Sings Jule Styne, the Drama Desk Award for “consistently outstanding direction and commitment to the theatre” and a gold record…

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  48. Dafnis Prieto

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    Cuban native Dafnis Prieto was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2008-2009 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as a star drummer. He has been called “the most impressive young drummer to come on the jazz scene during the past decade” (All About Jazz). Legendary Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri calls Prieto “extraordinary… an extremely talented jazz drummer.”

    Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques have had a powerful impact on…

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  49. Phil Ramone

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    Phil Ramone was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2008-2009 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of the recording industry’s most respected, creative, and prolific music producers. With 33 Grammy nominations, 14 Grammy Awards (including a Technical Grammy for his lifetime of innovative contributions to the recording industry), an Emmy, and numerous honors and accolades, Ramone’s musical acumen and his use of audio technology are unmatched among…

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  50. Joshua Redman

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    Joshua Redman was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2008-2009 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for continually breaking new ground in jazz with creative and innovative performances. Redman has performed and recorded with notable jazz artists Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Christian McBride, Brad Mehldau, and Brian Blade, among many others.

    Come hear this fantastic performance by the man who has been hailed by critics as “the most perfect tenor saxophonist…

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  51. Steve Reich

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    Steve Reich was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2006-2007 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of the great musical thinkers of our time. He was recently called "…America’s greatest living composer" (The Village VOICE), "...the most original musical thinker of our time" (The New Yorker), and "...among the great composers of the century" (The New York Times). From his early taped speech pieces, It's Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966), to his and video artist Beryl Korot’s digital video opera, Three Tales (2002), Reich's path has embraced not only aspects of Western Classical music but also the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. "There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them," states The Guardian (London).

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  52. Helmuth Rilling

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    Helmuth Rilling was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2007-2008 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as a conductor, a pedagogue, and an ambassador for the music of J. S. Bach worldwide. Rilling has been intensely involved with the works of Johann Sebastian Bach since he founded the Bach Collegium Stuttgart in 1965. As the choir’s regular orchestral partner, Rilling felt a strong connection to Bach’s works. Since establishing the Internationale Bachakademie…

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  53. Gunther Schuller

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    Gunther Schuller was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2011-2012 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of America’s most distinguished musical icons. Schuller is a winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award as well as two Guggenheim fellowships, the Darius Milhaud Award, and the Rodgers & Hammerstein Award. He has composed more than 160 original works, with commissions by the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony,…

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  54. Joshua Schwartz

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    Joshua Schwartz, French horn, is majoring in Musicology at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty member Sam Pilafian. He studies horn privately with Richard Todd. Originally from Weston, Florida he was principal horn of the Florida Youth Orchestra (2007-2012), Greater Miami Youth Symphony (2009-2011), Miami Music Project Honors Orchestra (2011), and the Cypress Bay High School Wind Ensemble (2009-2012). A recipient of a plethora of awards and accolades, Josh Schwartz has performed as a featured soloist with the New World Symphony (2011), was a member of the Florida All-State Band from 7th-12th grade, has participated in numerous Honors and All-County Bands. He regularly attends the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington where he has studied with Dale Clevenger, Alice Render, and Heidi Kepper. His former teachers have included Alexander Kienle, Myrna Meeroff, and his father, Gary Schwartz. A multi-faceted student, Josh Schwartz excels academically. He earned the maximum score of 5 on many AP exams such as Calculus AB/BC, Chemistry, Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, Biology, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics, and graduated in the top 5% of his class.

    Instrument: French horn

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

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  55. Quinn Sengupta

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    Quinn Sengupta, piano, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2017, coached by faculty mentor Charles Bergeron. He studies privately with Shelly Berg, Martin Bejerano and Daniel Strange. Quinn placed first in the All-state honors jazz combo two years in a row at the Illinois All-State Jazz festival, and was named an Outstanding Soloist at the Evanston jazz festival four years running. In 2012, he attended the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, a highly selective summer jazz program in which only 18 students are chosen nationwide. Quinn was a 2013 Young Arts Foundation award winner, and received the Quincy Jones Award for contributions and creativity in multiple areas of music. He was a three-year member of the top Interlochen Arts Camp High School Jazz Ensemble and Combo and was a 2012 Interlochen Fine Arts Award recipient. He was worked with Bob Cranshaw, Rodney Whittaker, Peter Erskine, Ron Blake, Randy Brecker, Montez Coleman and Stephan Harris.

    Instrument: Piano

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2017

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  56. Martha “Marti” Sharron

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    Marti Sharron was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2004-2005 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for her ability to combine gorgeous melodies with a willingness to open her soul lyrically. A ’72 graduate of the University of Miami, Sharron studied mass communications while teaching herself to play the piano.

    Sharron was one of the first songwriter/record producers formally signed to DreamWorks Music. Collectively, her songs have sold over 100 million…

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  57. Russell Sherman

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    Russell Sherman was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2005-2006 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as a masterful pianist and a virtuoso and interpreter of remarkable intelligence. He has performed with the country’s leading orchestras, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, and in prestigious keyboard series from coast to coast. He has traveled abroad, displaying his artistry in the major cities…

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  58. Joseph Silverstein

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    Renowned violinist and conductor Joseph Silverstein was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2011-2012 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his long and impressive career in music. He became concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1962, a position he held for 22 years. He served as assistant conductor of the BSO in 1971 and music director from 1983 to 1998 of the Utah Symphony, which named him conductor laureate in the 1998-1999 season. He also served as principal guest conductor of Seattle’s Northwest Chamber orchestra and has been artistic adviser for many orchestras, including Hartford, Kansas City, Baltimore, Toledo, Winnipeg, Oakland, and Louisville.

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  59. Leon Spierer

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    Leon Spierer was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in the first season, 2003-2004. He served for 30 years as first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and was the first concertmaster of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra from 1958 to 1963. Spierer was awarded the Prize of German Music Critics for “versatility in the interpretation of different musical styles” in 1969.

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  60. Janos Starker

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    With his peerless technical mastery and intensely expressive playing, cellist Janos Starker was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2006-2007 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of the world’s supreme musicians. During his extraordinary career, he has appeared as recitalist and soloist with the world’s most prestigious orchestras and has become one of the most sought after virtuosi and teachers of our time. After almost five decades of appearing on concert stages worldwide, Starker now focuses his efforts on teaching. A Distinguished Professor at the Indiana University School of Music and a member of its faculty for nearly 50 years, his master classes have attracted string players from around the world. Starker was the first recipient of Indiana University’s Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, awarded for distinction both as a teacher and as a performing artist.

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  61. Mike Stoller

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    If Elvis Presley was the king of Rock and Roll, then songwriter Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller were certainly two of the powers behind that throne. Elvis hits like Hound Dog, Loving You, and Jailhouse Rock, and the Coasters’ hits Searchin’, Young Blood, Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, and Poison Ivy, were all written by Leiber and Stoller. Stoller was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2009-2010 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music…

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  62. Spencer Stromquist

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    Spencer Stromquist, clarinet, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. He studies privately with Margaret Donaghue and has participated in master classes with members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Spencer Stromquist performs in the Frost Wind Ensemble and other ensembles at Frost. As a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, he has performed at numerous venues in South Florida, and also at Festival Miami in 2011, sharing the program with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. Stromquist has been playing music since a very young age, first piano, then switching to the clarinet at the age of 13. He attended H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, and marched in the Plant’s Golden Panter Regiment and was clarinet section leader for three of his four years in the and the band captain for his senior year. Spencer made the Florida All-State Band in his junior and senior years. Throughout High School, he participated in Tampa’s Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra, serving as principal clarinet for two years. In 2011, he was also principal clarinet in the Honor Band of America in Indianapolis.

    Instrument: Clarinet

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet

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  63. James Suter

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    James Suter, bass, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studied acoustic and electric bass privately with Donald Coffman and Chuck Bergeron. James Suter also performed in variety of other jazz groups at Frost ranging from the Funk/Fusion Ensemble to the R&B Ensemble. In addition to his musical pursuits, Suter enjoyed other course offerings at the University of Miami such as Medieval Russian History, Astronomy and Existentialism which have broadened his personal horizons. Originally from Hollywood, Florida, James Suter performed with all-county and all-state bands, as well as several local groups, and was already performing professionally throughout South Florida for over six years before arriving at the Frost School of Music. The Stamps Jazz Quintet was chosen as the “Jazz Group” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011).

    Instrument: Bass

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2013

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  64. Stephen Szabadi

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    Stephen Szabadi, trombone, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013. He studied trombone privately with Dante Luciani and performed in the Frost Concert Jazz Band and the Frost R&B Ensemble. He also studied pharmacology and history while at the University of Miami. In his free time, he enjoys meditation, motorcycling, and reading. Originally from Los Angeles, he attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. While in high school, Stephen toured with the Monterey Jazz Festival’s countrywide youth all-star band, the New Generation Jazz Orchestra. He has played at Playboy Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center, Disney Concert Hall, and various venues around Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and the Netherlands.

    Instrument: Trombone

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2013

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  65. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

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    Pulitzer Prize-winning and multi-Grammy-nominated composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich was chosen as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2011-2012 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for her invaluable contributions to the world of music. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a member of both the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of the Arts and Letters. She also was named to the first Composer’s Chair in the history of Carnegie…

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  66. Anthony Taboada

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    Anthony Taboada is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Music Scholar. A bassoonist, he performed with the Stamps Woodwind Quintet for one year (2011-2012). An academically strong student with a great aptitude for math and science, he is now devoting his studies to audio engineering. He studies bassoon privately with Luciani Magnanini and performs in the Frost Symphonic Winds and other ensembles at the Frost School of Music. Taboada is a native of Miami, Florida. He began his studies on bassoon at the age of 16, under the instruction of Geoff Hale. He attended Coral Reef Senior High School as part of the Visual and Performing Arts magnet, where he was a member of the school’s Wind Ensemble, Orchestra Winds, and Marching Band. He has also performed with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, the New World Symphony, and in the Miami Music Projects Honors Orchestra. Also a skilled guitarist, he performed in the school’s Jazz Band, as well as in the pit for local musical theater productions.

    Instrument: Bassoon

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  67. Becky Taylor

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    Becky Taylor, flute, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. She studies privately with Trudy Kane, who was principal flute for 32 years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Taylor performs in the Frost Symphonic Winds, where she has also appeared as a soloist, and the Frost Flute Ensemble and other chamber groups at the Frost School of Music. Since arriving at Frost, she has participated in a steady stream of master classes with flutists Jim Walker, Mary Karen Clardy and more, and received coaching from Joshua Smith, principal flutist of The Cleveland Orchestra. As a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, she performed at Festival Miami in 2011, sharing the program and establishing a relationship with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. In summer 2012 the Stamps Woodwind Quintet attended the Imani Festival for an extensive period of coaching and performing in New York City. Becky graduated from Brighton High School in Rochester, New York. She studied at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) since fifth grade.

    Instrument: Flute

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet

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  68. David Taylor

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    David Taylor, oboe, is majoring in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2015, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner. He also studies privately with Robert Weiner. David Taylor performs in the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Wind Ensemble at the Frost School of Music. In its debut year, the Stamps Woodwind Quintet performed at numerous venues in South Florida, including Festival Miami 2011, sharing the program with internationally acclaimed quintet Imani Winds. In summer 2012 the Stamps Woodwind Quintet attended the Imani Festival for an extensive period of coaching and performing in New York City. The National Band Association named David Taylor an Outstanding Musician. Originally from Miramar, Florida, Taylor attended the American Heritage High School. His solo work with the Florida Bandmasters Association Solo & Ensemble was rated “superior” three times at both the country and state level. David Taylor was also a member of the Florida Youth Orchestra for five years and performed in the All-County High School Honors Band and All-Country Gold Orchestra.

    Instrument: Oboe

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet

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  69. Michael Thaut

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    Michael Thaut was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2006-2007 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as a key researcher on brain function in music. He received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in music from Michigan State University. Also a graduate of the Mozarteum Music Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria, he is currently a professor of music and of neuroscience at Colorado State University, where he has served as co-director of the School of the Arts and Chairman of the Department of Music, Theater, and Dance since 2001. He has also directed the Center for Biomedical Research in Music for ten years. Thaut has been a Visiting Professor at the Mozarteum Music Conservatory, University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, and Duesseldorf University Medical School and was recently appointed as visiting professor at Heidelberg University of Applied Sciences in the Department of Music Therapy.

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  70. The Ying Quartet

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    The Ying Quartet was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2009-2010 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for their diversity of concert programming and their ability to entertain the masses. They preform regularly in many of the world’s most prominent concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. In residence at the Eastman School of Music, the group came to professional prominence in the 1990s when the National Endowment for the Arts funded…

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  71. Arianne Urban

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    Arianne Urban, violin, majored in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where she was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. She studied privately with Scott Flavin and Glenn Basham and also performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Opera Theater, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and other major Frost School ensembles. An active chamber music artist, she enjoys improvising. The Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014 performed classic and contemporary string quartet repertoire, tangos, jazz-inspired works, and more. They also collaborated on new chamber music with the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Arianne Urban has participated in coaching sessions with string musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. Her summer festival experiences include Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, Orfeo International Music Festival and the Julliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City. At the end of her freshman year at Frost, she was selected to perform a concert with world-renowned violinist Alexander Markov. Urban was born in Miami and graduated from New World School of the Arts in 2010, where she served as concertmaster of their symphony for two years.

    Instrument: Violin

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014

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  72. Stephen Huber Weber

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    Stephen Huber Weber, viola, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Music Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2018, coached by faculty mentor Professor Ross Harbaugh. He studies viola privately with Professor Pamela McConnell. Stephen Huber Weber hails from Geneva, Florida and was very active performing in the state throughout his youth. He studied both viola and violin with Alvaro Gomez for six years. He participated in youth orchestras for 8 years; held the position of principal violist of the Florida Young Artists Orchestra for 2 years; and was a member of the Winter Park Chamber Music Academy for five years, including three years as the principal violist. He was also principal violist of the 2014 All State Junior Senior Orchestra. Weber has won a number of music competitions including the 2013 Orfeo International Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Frost School of Music Viola Day 2014 Competition, the Lake District Federation Concerto Competition, and the Florida Young Artists Orchestra Concerto Competition. He recently performed as a soloist with the Maitland Symphony Orchestra. Outside of music, Stephen enjoys competitive fencing and attended the 2012 and 2013 Junior Olympics.

    Instrument: Viola

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2018

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  73. Peter Webster

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    Peter Webster was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2012-2013 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

    Webster is the John Beattie Professor of Music Education and Technology at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Webster holds degrees in music education from the University of Southern Maine and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

    He has published more than 75 articles and book chapters…

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  74. Matt Wilson

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    Matt Wilson was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2010-2011 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his tremendous contributions to moving jazz forward and for his impact on the music profession. Born in the prairie town of Knoxville, Illinois, Wilson became interested in playing the drums in the third grade after seeing Buddy Rich on the Lucy Show. He was judging a local drum contest featuring drummer Ricky Jr. Inspired, Wilson purchased some Ludwig…

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  75. Christopher Young

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    Christopher Young, cello, majored in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. Chris Young also performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Opera Theater and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. He studied privately with Ross Harbaugh. As a member of the Stamps Strings Quartet, Young performed in a Texas Music Educators Clinic in San Antonio, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City, and the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy. He has collaborated with artists Alexander Markov, Mark O’Connor, Pavel Vernikov, Eli Matthews, and hip-hop producer Chip Williams. Chris Young grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he began his cello studies at the age of 8 and later studied with Dr. Robert Tueller of Brigham Young University - Idaho. For his senior year of high school, Christopher attended Interlochen Arts Academy where he served for several concert cycles as principal cello of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. In April 2010, he was honored as a National Merit Scholar, and he graduated from Interlochen with summa cum laude honors.

    Instrument: Cello

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014

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  76. Aiden Zimmermann

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    James Aidan Zimmermann, tuba, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, Class of 2016, coached by faculty mentor Sam Pilafian. He also studies the tuba and euphonium privately with Sam Pilafian. Aidan Zimmerman also performs in other major ensembles of the Frost School of Music and looks forward to concertizing with the Stamps Brass Quintet over the next four years. Born in Amarillo, Texas and raised in Houston, Zimmerman performed in the Texas All-State and was a finalist for the Houston Young Artist competition. He was accepted into the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra, played at the American Festival for the Arts, and performed with the Houston Youth Symphony. He studied tuba with Jason Harvey for all four years of high school. He attended The Woodlands High School where he participated in music as well as sports activities such as running track and field and basketball. A twin, he was active in community service, and academic clubs, most notably a championship robotic club. He graduated in the top 5% of his class with many AP classes. Zimmerman started his music career on trumpet in 6th grade, and then switched to tuba in his first year of high school, which is when he decided to devote his life to being a musician.

    Instrument: Tuba

    Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Brass Quintet

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