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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Frost School of Music Lecturer Leaves a Legacy for Future Students

Devin Marsh

Devin Marsh

As a teacher, Devin Marsh shares his considerable energy and vast experience in the music world with his students every day. But the lecturer in the Frost School of Music’s Media Writing and Production program yearned to do more. “That’s why I designated the University as the beneficiary in my will,” Marsh says. “In that way, my planned gift will help provide financial assistance to talented music students in the future.”

A native of Florida, Marsh studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, on a Gary Burton Scholarship, later continuing his studies at UM, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in music education in 1991, a Master of Music in media writing and production in 2004, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition in 2007. In addition to teaching, he is an accomplished performer, writer, arranger, and instrumentalist who toured internationally with his Caribbean band, Nori Nori. He has composed, recorded, and produced music for films, commercials, ballets, dance groups, and other artists while managing his Miami-based commercial recording facility, The Chill Lodge.

At the University, where Marsh has been employed for more than a decade, he helped develop the Frost School of Music’s technology program, designed studios, and is always eager to help student performers. “From building performance skills to writing and producing for other artists, our students are well prepared for careers in the music industry,” he says. “I encourage them to listen, practice, be open-minded, and learn how to run a business. Every day brings a new lesson.”

Marsh also serves as the director of broadcasting and of sound and recording at the Arthur & Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts magnet school—one of several sites that benefit from the Frost School’s MusicReach mentorship program. Through MusicReach, UM students mentor and teach young musicians. “Music can help young students develop their sense of responsibility and take pride in their accomplishments,” Marsh says.

Reflecting on those themes, Marsh says UM employees can enjoy the personal satisfaction of making a financial contribution to their school, department, institute, or program. As he says, “With a planned gift, you can help ensure the future of our great University.”

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Stamps Scholars Begin a New Year of Enrichment and Opportunity

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UM's Stamp Scholars began the 2014 academic year by meeting New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, center, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who delivered the New Student Convocation address.

UM’s new Stamp Scholars began the 2014 academic year by meeting New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, center, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who delivered the New Student Convocation address.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 26, 2014) – With the University of Miami’s fall semester under way, 41 top students from across the nation are studying on campus as both new and returning Stamps Scholars.

The Stamps Scholarships, which provide tuition plus extensive enrichment opportunities to outstanding academic achievers and talented students, are funded by the generosity of Penny and E. Roe Stamps through the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and the University of Miami.

The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation partners with visionary colleges and universities to award multi-year scholarships to select students from a wide array of disciplines. The Stamps Scholarships are UM’s most generous scholarly awards.

Penny and E. Roe Stamps are campaign vice chairs for Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. Roe Stamps is a member of UM’s Board of Trustees and the Visiting Committee at the Frost School of Music.

“The University is very grateful to the Stamps family,” said UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. “Stamps Scholarships enable the University to attract exceptional students and provide support for them to realize their ambitions and to develop their skills. These inspiring students will be our future leaders.”

Said Roe Stamps, “Penny and I are excited to support a record number of Stamps Scholars at the University of Miami this fall. The University’s support of these ambitious, talented students through outstanding advising and educational programs enhances their opportunities and ensures a brighter future for us all.”

Seventeen of the 41 students represent various disciplines as Stamps Leadership Scholars. This elite academic award provides driven and talented scholars opportunities for professional and leadership development in the fields of research, policy, technology, business, industry, government, health care, and education. Stamps Leadership Scholars are eligible to receive funding for study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, conferences, and leadership development opportunities.

Twenty-three scholars will participate in the program as Stamps Music Scholars at the Frost School of Music. Nineteen of them will perform in four different Stamps Distinguished Ensembles throughout their undergraduate years. The Stamps Distinguished Ensembles include the Stamps String Quartet, Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Stamps Brass Quintet, and Stamps Jazz Quintet.

One student is awarded the honor of serving as the E. Roe Stamps Baseball Pitcher. The recognition goes to UM baseball player Andrew Suarez this academic year.

This year’s incoming Stamps Leadership Scholars are Earl Generato, Pembroke Pines, Fla., biomedical engineering; Aditya Shah, Germantown, Tenn., health sector management and policy, biology; Gururaj Shriram, Miramar, Fla., computer science; Sabrina Xiao, River Edge, N.J., biochemistry, political science; Kristiana Yao, Naperville, Ill., public health.

The incoming Stamps Music Scholars are instrumental performance majors and will comprise the Stamps String Quartet: Jacques Gadway, violin, Homestead, Fla.; Tommy Johnson, violin, Florissant, Mo.; Stephen Huber Weber, viola, Geneva, Fla.; Sarah Huesman, cello, Winston-Salem, N.C.

“Through the generous support of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, I was able to attend the University of Miami,” said Stamps Scholar Aaron Kruger. “This investment in my potential will allow me to attend medical school and eventually work at a hospital as a medical researcher, teacher, and clinician.”

Beginning in 2006 at their alma maters, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Penny and E. Roe Stamps created merit scholarship programs for undergraduates. The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation expanded its reach with similar programs at the University of Miami in 2009, and in 2010 at Barry University, Caltech, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and UCLA. Since then, the list has grown to 41 academic institutions including the University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Frost School of Music Preparatory Program Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for students ages 6 through 18 for the Frost School of Music Preparatory Program‘s 2014-2015 academic year. Courses include group and private instruction in piano, strings, guitar and percussion, music theory, and music history. Frequent performance opportunities also are available. Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. in Clarke Recital Hall. Contact Megan Walsh, director of the predatory program, at 786-853-4041 or frostprep@miami.edu for more information and to receive an application.

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Renowned Violinist Charles Castleman Joins the Music Faculty


Renowned Violinist Charles Castleman Joins the Music Faculty

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The appointment of Charles Castleman, one of music world’s greatest and most beloved mentors, is " a watershed moment for the Frost School of Music."

The appointment of Charles Castleman, one of the music world’s greatest and most beloved mentors, is ” a watershed moment for the Frost School of Music.”

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 9, 2014)—Charles Castleman, a prize-winning concert artist, celebrated master teacher, and renowned string quartet coach, is joining the Frost School of Music faculty as professor of violin after nearly 40 years at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York, where he chaired the strings department for eight years.

Castleman is one of the world’s most active performers and pedagogues on the violin today. A dynamic and highly expressive musical artist, he has appeared as a featured soloist with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Boston, Brisbane, Chicago, Hong Kong, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, and Shanghai, to name a few. A beloved artist-teacher with thousands of devotees and former students around the world, he has conducted master classes in all major cities of Europe, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

He is also the founder and director of the prestigious Castleman Quartet Program, an intensive and extensive summer workshop in solo and chamber performance that is celebrating its 45th continuous year. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma praised it as “the best program of its kind… a training ground in lifemanship.”

Castleman will begin transitioning his teaching from Eastman to Frost during the 2014-2015 academic year. He will be traveling regularly to the Coral Gables campus beginning this September to teach select private lessons, conduct master classes, and coach chamber music ensembles. He will begin teaching exclusively at Frost at the start of the fall 2015 semester. Full-time undergraduate and graduate violin students who are selected to matriculate into the University and the Frost School at the start of the fall 2015 semester will then be eligible to study full time with Castleman. The application deadlines are this December 1, and admission requirements and audition information are available at www.miami.edu/frost.

A remarkably gifted performing artist whose first public performance was at age 6 with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Castleman made his solo recital debuts at age 9 at Jordan Hall in Boston and Town Hall in New York. He was a medalist in his early 20s at the prestigious and highly competitive International “Tchaikovsky” and “Brussels” competitions (the International Tchaikovsky Competition is held every four years in Moscow, Russia; the Queen Elisabeth Competition, also known as the Brussels Concours Musical International, is held in Brussels, Belgium).

The recording of Castleman’s competition performance of Léon Jongen’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Belgian National Orchestra was recently selected as one of only 17 violin performances to represent the excellence of the Brussels Concours Musical’s 50-year history and is included in a multi-box CD set on the Cypres Records label. Castleman’s former students have also been winners at international competitions including Brussels, Munich, Naumburg, and Szeryng and perform in top professional chamber groups and major orchestras.

“The appointment of Charles Castleman is a watershed moment for the Frost School of Music,” said Frost Dean Shelton G. Berg. “He is one of the world’s greatest and most beloved mentors in music. Charles is an innovator and forward thinker, and he will contribute greatly to the paradigm-shifting curriculum and ideals of our school. We know that the world of music continues to expand, and we will nurture and inform the skill set that prepares our graduates for vibrant careers.”

Castleman credits the Frost School’s forward-thinking faculty and leadership for his decision to join the faculty, beginning August 15. “The leadership, history, and location of the Frost School uniquely positions it to find, educate, and nourish young musicians of the highest achievement, endowed with the most extraordinary talent, from all the Americas. I am pleased and proud to be able to contribute to its future effectiveness and to add my input to its remarkably innovative thrust.”

In addition to teaching private violin lessons exclusively at the Frost School and coaching Frost string quartets starting in fall 2015, Castleman will interact with all string musicians in the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra through master classes and workshops. He also will incorporate his creative and collaborative teaching concepts into the Frost School’s trailblazing Experiential Music Curriculum, help shape a brand new type of master’s degree in performance, and participate in leading-edge initiatives at Frost, such as Universal Music U @ Frost to explore new concert and recording paradigms for classical music artists.

A prolific recording artist himself, Castleman’s impressive discography includes some of the most difficult works ever written for violin. His solo albums include recordings of six Solo Sonatas by Ysaÿe, eight Csardases for Violin and Orchestra by Jenő Hubay, and ten virtuoso cameos by Pablo de Sarasate. He also has recorded selections by George Gershwin and contemporary chamber music for violin with harpsichord by Darius Milhaud, Walter Piston, Samuel Adler, and much more.

As one of 16 Ford Foundation Concert Artists, Castleman commissioned David Amram’s Violin Concerto and premiered it with Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony; he later recorded it with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra for the Newport Classic label. He is a dedicatee of the Paracelsus-inspired violin-harpsichord work “Lares Hercii” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse. 

Castleman’s long-term chamber music associations have included performing and recording with The New String Trio of New York, plus recording numerous albums on major labels with the Raphael Trio and much-admired premieres at the Vienna Festival and the Kennedy Center.

Castleman earned degrees from Harvard University, Curtis Institute of Music, and the University of Pennsylvania. His teachers were Emanuel Ondricek (teaching assistant of Otakar Ševčík, a student of Eugène Ysaÿe) and Ivan Galamian (venerated violinist and pedagogue). Castleman credits David Oistrakh, Henryk Szeryng, and Josef Gingold as his most influential coaches. He plays the “Marquis de Champeaux” Stradivarius and “Sammons” Goffriller from 1708, and chooses from over 80 bows.

From the four pinnacles of performing, teaching, recording, and collaborating, classical music professionals hold Castleman in the highest regard. His joining the award-winning and esteemed full-time faculty of the Frost School of Music, of which close to 50 percent has been hired since Dean Berg joined the school in 2007 will quickly help expand the Frost School’s range and reputation throughout the world.

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Music to Medical Ears: Frost Quartet Gives Medical and Nursing Students a Lesson in Patient Safety

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Music to Medical Ears: Frost Quartet Gives Medical and Nursing Students a Lesson in Patient Safety

By Maya Bell
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Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg conducts members of a string quartet who convey important lessons to medical and nursing students through music.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 20, 2014) — The last place one might expect to teach future doctors and nurses about patient safety is on a concert stage. But this Wednesday an accomplished string quartet from the Frost School of Music performed Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik’’ for 210 medical and nursing students who spent the week forging teams to address medical crises thrown at them during the second Interprofessional Patient Safety Course run by the Miller School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The concert was not a respite from the rigors of the intense, fast-paced encounters with simulated patients—lifelike mannequins with fading vital signs and human actors with an assortment of maladies and emotions—that are designed to teach situational awareness, tear down hierarchies, and nurture the mutual respect and team-building skills future physicians and nurses will need to prevent errors and improve patient outcomes in the real world.

As Frost Dean Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg conducted, two violinists, a violist, and a cellist played Mozart’s joyous “little serenade” first beautifully and then badly, clearly demonstrating what happens when professionals with different roles work as a team and carry out their mission with focus, enthusiasm, clear communication, and positive, constructive leadership—and what happens when they don’t.

The attentive audience of about 150 third-year medical students at the Miller School and about 60 second-semester students in the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ (SONHS) accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, rewarded the musicians—Frost School graduates Michelle Godbee, Amanda Diaz, Ari Urban, and student Brent Charran—with rousing applause when the quartet opened their mini-concert in a Cox Science Building auditorium with a mesmerizing rendition of Mozart’s popular work.

But the medical and nursing students were supposed to see a little bit of themselves when, spurred by Berg, Godbee, a violinist with the Florida Grand Opera who happens to be starting the Miller School’s M.D./M.P.H. program on Monday, morphed into an over-achiever, playing the same piece faster than her fellow musicians; or when Diaz, demonstrating feelings of superiority, played her viola louder than the other instruments; or when Urban, nervous and scared, melted into the background after Berg loudly ridiculed her for asking a question; or when all of them played their parts with technical precision, but without a trace of passion or interest.

Under none of those scenarios did Mozart’s masterpiece sound like one, which conveyed Berg’s point better than any lecture or textbook could. “You have to be present in the moment,” he told the students. “You have to be aware of your job, but you have to be aware of other people’s jobs around you, because their jobs interrelate to yours. You have to react to what they’re doing in real time—and you have to put your heart and soul into it.”

Those were, in a nutshell, the over-arching lessons David Birnbach, Miller School professor and the director of the UM-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, and Mary McKay, assistant professor of clinical nursing and safety assurance director, hoped to impart when they and their teams joined forces for the first time last year to include nursing students in the weeklong training course Birnbach established for medical students after an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report concluded that most medical mistakes could be avoided with better communication and teamwork.

Last year’s pilot course was a great success and, with the support of SONHS Dean Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, was expanded to include more activities and simulations this year.

“What educators have been doing is educating nurses in a silo and medical students in a silo and then putting them together expecting them to work effectively as a team,” McKay said. “That’s why this course is such an eye-opening experience. They interact with each other in a variety of ways and they learn, ‘Well, this is what a nurse does, and this is what a physician does.’ They learn we have different roles, but the same ultimate goal—to provide safe, quality patient care—and when we work together we can achieve it.”

Birnbach, who is also senior associate dean for quality, safety, and risk at the Miller School and the University’s vice provost for faculty affairs, added new meaning to the collaborative nature of the course by arranging the Frost School’s live concert this year. (Last year, the Mancini Institute Orchestra performed for the course via video, but Birnbach really wanted a performance that would afford the students the opportunity to interact with the musicians.) He was thrilled with the outcome.

“It was an experiment, but as far as I am concerned it was a grand-slam home run,” he said after the applause died down. “The mistakes that physicians and nurses can make are wonderfully illustrated by musicians: From time to time, everyone can be lazy, unfocused, or showing off. That’s how we scripted the musical errors that Dean Berg and these gifted musicians showed our students.”

Also new to the course this year, which included lectures, team-building exercises, and simulated but realistic patient encounters at the SONHS on the Gables campus, and the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education and the UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety on the medical campus, was a trip to the Lowe Art Museum. There, nursing and medical students jointly participated in the Lowe’s innovative workshop on “The Fine Art of Healthcare,” which uses art to hone visual thinking strategies.

By breaking into small groups and viewing and discussing different works of art, the students learned how to communicate their own impressions and incorporate the perspective of others who viewed the pieces differently—a process critical not only to interpreting art but making proper diagnoses. As Hope Torrents, the Lowe’s school programs coordinator and creator of the program, notes, “Someone else might see what you missed.”

For medical student Nikesh Shah, both exercises were as instructive as they were unexpected.

“I thought it was awesome,” he said. “Not that lectures are bad, but it was much more eye-opening than a lecture. Seeing and hearing is better than someone telling you that being in sync is important.”

After a long week for both the students and more than 40 faculty from the Miller School, SONHS, the Frost School, and the College of Arts and Sciences, the patient safety course concluded Friday with UM President Donna E. Shalala, who chaired the IOM report on the “Future of Nursing,” observing as the two most improved teams of future physicians and nurses competed in a final simulated patient encounter judged by their classmates.

Maya Bell can be reached at 305-284-7972.



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