"The arts play a vital role in the life of a community, and music in particular is a unifying force that transcends age, race, and culture. Patricia and I wanted to create a legacy that would enhance and sustain the School's important work" --Dr. Phillip Frost
L-R: Dean Shelly Berg pictured with Dick and Karin Crasno, Jacqueline and Adam Malamed of Ladenburg Thalmann, at Winter Wonderfu
Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Frost’s $33 million bequest to the School of Music in 2003 was the largest gift ever given to a university-based music school in the United States. Fittingly, the School of Music was officially renamed the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. Today, the Frosts’ donation continues to be used to fund program endowments, faculty chairs, student scholarships and facility improvements.
Dr. Phillip Frost was the founder, chairman and CEO of IVAX Corporation, a Miami-based multinational pharmaceuticals company, and is currently chairman of the board of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, and served as chairman of the board of TEVA Pharmaceuticals. He is a former chairman of the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees.
Mrs. Patricia Frost is a retired educator who was the principal of the prestigious West Laboratory Elementary School, adjacent to the University of Miami campus. She currently is the former chair of the Smithsonian National Board and is currently on the Florida Board of Governors. Two new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios North and South buildings opened in February 2015 on the University of Miami campus.
Dr. and Mrs. Frost are members of the Frost School of Music advisory board.