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UM Singers Celebrate the Human Voice and the Experts Who Take Care of It


From left, musical theatre students Mona Pirnot, Brandon never, Kristin Devine and Amadina Altomare perform during World Voice Day.

From left, musical theatre students Mona Pirnot, Brandon Beaver, Kristin Devine, and Amadina Altomare perform during World Voice Day.

By Maya Bell
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 18, 2014) Deep and lush, powerful and exuberant, provocative and lilting, their dulcet tones wafted over the University’s lakeside patio, compelling even harried passersby to pause for a moment to listen to the finest musical instrument ever made: the human voice.

But the theatre arts students who sang the tunes they recently performed for their senior showcase in New York City were showing off more than their considerable talents on April 16, which was World Voice Day. They were joining forces with the University’s multidisciplinary Miami Voice team to draw attention to the importance of taking care of one’s voice, an elemental human function most people take for granted.

But not performers. As NDavid Williams, head of musical theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences said, “You can always buy another piano or cello, but you cannot buy a new voice. You must take care of it.’’

Fortunately for UM’s Department of Theatre Arts and the Frost School of Music, whose students also performed last Wednesday, the Miami Voice Program’s team of ear, nose, and throat specialists, allergists, singing voice specialists, and speech pathologists can address any voice, swallowing or airway problem. But they have a unique understanding of the challenges faced by singers, actors and other performers, which is owed in large measure to their long experience and the expertise of the head of the program, David E. Rosow.

An assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Miller School of Medicine, Rosow was a violinist with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years before going to Harvard Medical School, where he realized he could combine his love of music with his love of medicine while on his ENT—ear, nose and throat—rotation.

From left, David E. Rosow, Julia Gerhard and Stephen Di Benedetto, chair of theatre arts, celebrate World Voice Day.

From left, David E. Rosow, Julia Gerhard and Stephen Di Benedetto, chair of theatre arts, celebrate World Voice Day.

At Harvard, Rosow trained under Steven E. Zeitels, one of the world’s leading voice specialists and innovators whose patients have included Adele, Julie Andrews, and Roger Daltrey. After learning the delicate techniques of repairing the voice damaged by nodules, cysts, polyps, cancer or other vocal cord disorders from the master who invented many of them, Rosow joined the Miller School faculty in 2011. There he teamed up with speech pathologist Donna Lundy, who has long been revered at the Frost School, and by singers across South Florida for her skill at teaching people who overuse or misuse their voices how to protect them.

Last year, they were joined by Julia Gerhard, an opera singer, doctor of musical arts and speech pathologist, who with Rosow now holds a secondary appointment in the Frost School’s department of musical performance, where they are strengthening collaborations between the medical school and the Coral Gables campus and building Miami Voice into a premier medical center for singers and performers.

All three were on the patio for last week’s World Voice Day celebration, giving tips on voice care, answering questions and enjoying the mix of hypnotic melodies emanating from the stage.

“What we have at the University of Miami is really unique in South Florida, and to the state of Florida­—but it’s really rare in the entire country,” Rosow said. “We take care of anyone who is a voice user, which could mean a lawyer or a teacher, or someone who is taking care of four screaming children at home. But we have that special emphasis on the musician and the performer because we know performers have a unique set of challenges and they need to be cared for by people who understand those challenges.”

Leaving the stage after singing a beautiful rendition of “A Little Bit in Love,” Maggie Weston, a senior in theatre arts, said it’s wonderful to have a day that reminds people “how integral the voice is to our bodies, and our health.”

“Our voice is one of those things that makes us human, and we all need to celebrate it, and take good care of it,” she said.


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Miami Voice Team and Frost School Mark World Voice Day on April 16

The Miller School of Medicine and Frost School of Music will converge on Wednesday, April 16, World Voice Day, a day to encourage people of all ages to assess their vocal health and take steps to preserve it.

To mark World Voice Day 2014, the Miami Voice Team, made up of physicians, speech pathologists, and singing voice specialists from UHealth and the Frost School of Music Faculty, along with students from the Frost School and Department of Theater Arts, will host and take part in a variety of interactive events on the Coral Gables campus to encourage people to improve their vocal wellness.

Among the events will be live performances by UM students and a YogaVoice Masterclass for singers with Mark Moliterno, a singer who is now a certified Yoga instructor and therapist.

Schedule of Events:

12-3 p.m: Open-air vocal performances by UM students and vocal health tips from the UM Otolaryngology Voice Team. Location: Lakeside Patio

3:30-4:50 p.m.: YogaVoice® Masterclass for singers with Mark Moliterno. Location: Fillmore Hall, Frost School of Music

5:30-7 p.m. Free YogaVoice® yoga class (postures, breathing, toning). Bring a yoga mat or towel. Location: Student Activities Center, Activities Room

For more details, click here.

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Music at MOCA Premieres Chamber Selections by Frost School of Music Student Composers March 20

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (March 6, 2014) — The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami will host a special evening of chamber music featuring musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra Miami and the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music on Thursday, March 20 at 8 p.m.

A total of 24 musicians will take part in a diverse program, which will include musical selections by J.S. Bach, Béla Bartók, Claude-Paul Taffanel, Alejandro Viñao, and Witold Lutoslawski, performed in an intimate museum setting. Two new chamber works by Frost composition students Peter Learn and Richard Yates, under the direction of Andrés Jaime, a doctoral student in conducting at Frost, also will make their world premiere.

The event showcases the musical collaboration between Cleveland Orchestra Miami and the Frost School during their annual residency and is presented in partnership with MOCA.

General admission to the Music at MOCA performance is $20; $10 for MOCA members, and UM students and faculty. To purchase tickets, visit www.mocanomi.org or call 305-893-6211. Advance purchase is strongly recommended as seating is limited.

Music at MOCA is a series of performances produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 770 NE 125 Street in North Miami, in collaboration with leading cultural organizations and emerging contemporary musicians. For more information, call 305-893-6211 or visit www.mocanomi.org.

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Frost Community Celebrates a Handful of 2014 Grammy Awards


Frost Community Celebrates a Handful of 2014 Grammy Awards

From left, David Frost, UM alum Brian Losch and Tim Martyn won the Grammy for the Best Engineered Album, Classical, for "Winter Morning Walks."

From left, engineers David Frost, UM alumnus Brian Losch, and Tim Martyn won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical, for “Winter Morning Walks.”

Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 27, 2014) — The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami was well-represented at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards last week with alumni celebrating wins in categories ranging from classical and engineering to jazz and rock.

Brian Losch, a 2008 graduate of the Music Engineering Technology program, earned a Grammy in the Best Engineered Classical Album category for his work on singer Dawn Upshaw’s Winter Morning Walks (ArtistShare). The album also garnered wins for both Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Vocal Solo for UM alumna Maria Schneider, who composed and orchestrated the record.

Frost alumnus Andrew Scheps, who earned a Bachelor of Music in 1989, was the engineer for Black Sabbath’s comeback album, 13 (Vertigo/Republic), which won the Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category for the track “God is Dead?” The album also was nominated in the Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song categories. In 2011 Scheps won a Grammy for Album of the Year for his engineering work on Adele’s landmark album 21 (XL Recordings).

Triple UM alumnus, Christopher “Kip” Sullivan, a partner with Summit Records who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music and his M.B.A. from the U in the 1980s, celebrated a Grammy win for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for his label’s Night In Calisia by winners Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio, and Kalisz Philharmonic.

The University also earned nominations for Frost Dean Shelly Berg—a Steinway piano artist and critically acclaimed recording artist, composer, arranger, and orchestrator—who was nominated for his second Grammy in the Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist category for “What a Wonderful World” on Gloria Estefan’s The Standards (Sony Masterworks). Berg was nominated in the same category last year for his arrangement of “Out There” on Lorraine Feather’s release, Tales of the Unusual (Jazzed Media).  He also arranged, orchestrated, and performed on Lorraine Feather’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, Attachments.

Estefan, a multi-platinum, seven-time Grammy winning international vocal superstar, was nominated again in the Best Traditional Pop Album category for her  critically acclaimed Standards album, which she produced with Berg and her husband, Emilio Estefan. A UM alumna and trustee, Estefan also presented at the awards ceremony, held January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


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Wanted: Motivated UM Students to Explore the Galapagos Islands This Summer

There are still a few spots left for the three-week, multimedia writing and acoustic ecology course in the Galapagos Islands May 12-31. Led by University of Miami Communication Professor Joseph B. Treaster, a longtime correspondent with The New York Times, and Professor Colby Leider, the director of  the Frost School of Music’s Department of Engineering, this Summer Abroad 2014 program is designed to develop cultural and environmental knowledge and hone critical thinking, writing,  and digital skills essential for any  career. It is open to all majors. Participants earn six writing credits while exploring one of the most exotic places on earth. To apply, contact Professor Treaster at treaster@miami.edu or 917-575-9562, or  Professor Leider at c.leider@miami.edu or 786-281-1086.

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