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UHealth at Coral Gables Named First Presenting Sponsor for Festival Miami

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UHealth at Coral Gables Named First Presenting Sponsor for Festival Miami

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Drumsticks and CymbalsCORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 26, 2014) — UHealth at Coral Cables, a new comprehensive outpatient location of UHealth – University of Miami Health System now under construction on UM’s Coral Gables campus and scheduled to open in summer 2016, is the first presenting sponsor for the Frost School of Music’s renowned Festival Miami, now in its 31st season.

Running this year from October 10 through November 8, Festival Miami presented by UHealth Coral Gables will present 35 concerts, master classes, and lectures grouped into four themes: Great Performances, Music of the Americas, Jazz and Beyond, and Creative American Music. The festival will bring hundreds of guest, faculty, and student artists together to perform and interact with more than 12,000 music patrons.

Festival Miami is widely considered Florida’s premier live music festival by artists and audiences alike. Events are generally held in the recently renovated 600-seat Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, on the Coral Gables campus. The festival provides a comfortable, affordable, and acoustically excellent opportunity for area residents and visitors to enjoy great music.

UHealth at Coral Gables will be located at the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Dickinson Drive on the Coral Gables campus. The state-of-the-art facility will provide convenient access to UHealth’s expertise in specialty care—including its acclaimed Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Services will include urgent care, outpatient surgery, physical therapy, sports medicine, diagnostic imaging, and more. There will also be a dedicated 1,000-space parking garage, valet parking, and on-site café.

“We sincerely thank UHealth at Coral Gables for stepping up as the presenting sponsor of Festival Miami,” said Frost School of Music Dean Shelton G. Berg. “Their sponsorship demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the overall well-being of the residents in our community. Hearing and enjoying live music is proven to have countless physical and mental health benefits. It enriches and enlivens the world we share.”

Berg said the UHealth at Coral Gables sponsorship “ensures that, in addition to enjoying greater access to world-class health care when the new UHealth facility opens, residents of Coral Gables and surrounding communities will continue to enjoy an incredible array of uplifting concerts by world-class artists.”


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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.”

Read about other faculty and staff who support the U.

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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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