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Knight Foundation Grant to Help Fund New Recital Hall

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Knight Foundation Grant to Help Fund New Recital Hall

By Julia Berg
Special to UM News


The generous gift will enable the Frost School of Music to move forward with the final design and construction of a “high-tech recital hall befitting its reputation.”

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 20, 2015) — The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami was awarded a $7.5 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to name and support construction of a new John S. and James L. Knight Recital Hall at the Frost School of Music, on UM’s Coral Gables campus.

Announced by Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation, at a March 8 community gathering at the Perez Art Museum Miami, the generous gift will be  combined with other donor pledges, including $2 million from the Paul J. DiMare Foundation and $1.2 million from Dorothy and David Weaver, to  enable the Frost School of Music to move forward with the final design and construction of the estimated $15 million project.

Knight Foundation’s naming gift also puts the Frost School of Music over its $40 million fundraising goal for Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

The Frost School, Ibargüen said, is already considered one of the top music schools in the country and will now “build a high-tech recital hall befitting its reputation.”

He announced the gift in conjunction with a total $25 million Knight Foundation investment in South Florida that also includes $5 million for the Perez Art Museum Miami, and $5 million for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. The balance will be allocated to fund challenge seed grants via the Knight Arts Challenge in South Florida through 2018.

“Great art defines and lifts the soul of a community. The arts create a sense of place and help bind us to each other with common experience. They help us explain the way we feel and represent who we are,” Ibargüen said. “Knight’s goal is to help build the community we all want to live in, a community where art is general and available to everyone, in all of our neighborhoods.”

The new Knight Recital Hall at the Frost School of Music, which is planned to seat approximately 200, will be designed for live acoustic and recorded music presentations, live streaming, multi-camera video projection, and other high-tech capabilities that will help meet the growing interactive performance needs of students and faculty of the Frost School, as well as the surrounding community.

The school presents more than 350 high-quality concerts, recitals, and events each academic year.

“This incredible endorsement from Knight Foundation will enable the Frost School of Music to build its vision of the recital hall of the future, with emphases on how to bring young audiences to classical and other treasured art music, partner with other arts organizations both regionally and nationally to premiere interactive multi-media creations, and broadcast the creativity of our students and faculty in groundbreaking ways,” said Shelly Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music.

Knight Foundation’s generosity has recently funded other key institutions in the Miami region, including a naming gift for the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and major support for New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, and Miami International Film Festival. Through the Knight Arts Challenge it continues to fund grassroots artists and arts organizations annually “that are providing fresh and innovative work so that everyone has a chance to make their idea a reality.”

The Frost School of Music was a recipient of a $500,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant three years ago to build its Henry Mancini Institute’s HMI: Outbound community outreach music program, to bring high-quality genre-blending chamber music programming to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and numerous public schools in Miami-Dade County.

The University of Miami recently dedicated its new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, a 41,089-square-foot twin-building complex featuring 77 multi-purpose chamber music and teaching studios, two extra-large studios, a reception and information center, and a furnished breezeway. Designed by award-winning architects Yann Weymouth and HOK and built by Skanska USA, the facility is touted as the first building project in Coral Gables designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, with sustainable features such as energy-efficient windows, rooftop solar panels, and cisterns that reduce water and electricity usage.

The complex was made possible by the benefactors, Phillip and Patricia Frost, whose landmark gift back in 2003 renamed UM’s music school in their honor. Featuring a new grand entrance into the school, the studios honor Patricia Frost’s lifelong commitment to music education as an elementary school principal and higher education advocate.

Julia Berg can be reached at 305-284-4895.

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Frost School Benefactors Donate $1 Million to Rename Community Music Program for President Shalala

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 18, 2015) — The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music’s naming benefactors, Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost, have donated $1 million to support and rename the school’s highly effective Frost MusicReach community music program in honor of UM President Donna E. Shalala, who will step down at the end of the 2015 academic year.

In early December, the Frosts surprised Dean Shelton G. Berg with the news of the gift at the Frost School’s annual holiday gala fundraiser, Winter Wonderful. The announcement was made after the performance of Frost School of Music undergraduate mentors and their young mentees from the outreach program. Proceeds from the holiday gala fund music mentoring scholarships. The Frosts’ new $1 million gift is the largest commitment to the MusicReach program and is in support of Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

In its seventh year, the program, now known as the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, provides free weekly hands-on music instruction to more than 450 elementary, middle, and high school students in Miami-Dade County, taught by Frost School students. Thanks to this new gift from the Frosts, The Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program will annually serve more than 1,500 youth.

“I can’t think of a better way to honor President Shalala and her legacy than to have one of the crown jewel programs of the Frost School of Music to be named in her honor,” Phillip Frost said. “The Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Frost School of Music exemplifies excellence and meaningful community engagement, and those are both legacies of her 14 years leading UM.”

“We witnessed the strong bond that developed between the young mentors and their younger mentees and understand how much it means to assist the younger students,” Patricia Frost said. “Since Dean Berg arrived on campus, President Shalala has been a strong supporter of his work, and we thought it would be nice to honor her association with the Frost School by dedicating a program in her name that combines academic excellence and strengthens the community.”

President Shalala said she is deeply honored by the Frosts’ extraordinary gesture. “By ensuring the Shalala MusicReach Program’s continued success in our community, they created a culture of music and learning that spans the educational continuum from primary to post-secondary and beyond. I am proud this vital and vibrant outreach effort will continue my legacy,” Shalala said.

When Berg arrived at UM eight years ago from Los Angeles, his goal was to establish a large community music outreach program similar to the one he had founded as a professor of music at the University of Southern California. In addition to assisting young students to excel, Berg also “wanted to inspire undergraduate music majors at UM to engage in community service in proximity to campus, with the hope of instilling a lifelong commitment to serving others.”

“Learning to play a musical instrument provides a proven, positive experience on every level for children, from enhanced self-esteem to improved neurologic development,” said Berg. “We are all grateful for this generous gift from Phillip and Patricia Frost as it validates our collective efforts and President Shalala’s to enhance the vibrancy of our community.”

Today more than 40 Frost undergraduate and graduate students and four graduate teaching assistant supervisors provide semi-private music lessons, life mentoring, and group instruction in local public school and community centers. The program, funded predominantly through private donations, is administered by UM Frost School alumna Melissa Lesniak, Ph.D., former executive director of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.

Phillip and Patricia Frost have contributed generously to UM, including their naming gift for the music school in 2003, and their support continues. A new state-of-the-art Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios complex, which has more than 77 individual teaching and chamber music studios plus large classrooms for percussion and contemporary music production, opened last month. It is the first LEED Platinum building to open in the city of Coral Gables. Phillip Frost, M.D., is a UM trustee and served as chairman of the UM Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004.

The Frosts have also contributed to other educational institutions in the South Florida region, including the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami, currently under construction.

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: From Creativity to Business Skills, Associate Dean Helps Music Students Have It All

Steven Moore

Steven Moore

As associate dean of undergraduate studies at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, Steven Moore understands the importance of student scholarships. “Talented students should have an opportunity to attend the University of Miami regardless of their financial situation,” he says. “That’s why I support our students by giving to the Frost School and the University through United Way.”

At the Frost School, Moore seeks to develop well-rounded students who can create, communicate, and inspire others through music. “We also want to cultivate their entrepreneurial skills, providing opportunities for them to develop multiple streams of income. Today, a musician might have a performing job but also teach students,  arrange and record music, or focus on music production. Having a range of skills helps keep life interesting.”

Moore has built his own varied career in the music field. He learned the trumpet at an early age and became an award-winning conductor and teacher at the high school and collegiate levels. A strong believer in music literacy, he wrote Play It from the Heart: What You Learn from Music about Success in Life, a book published by the National Association for Music Education.

Moore enjoys conducting and recently led the Frost School’s string chamber orchestra in a concert celebrating Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. Making music with others has been my life’s passion,” he says.

Moore came to the University in July 2013 with his wife, Kimberly Sena Moore, a music therapist with the Frost School, and their two children. Formerly chair of the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri, he shares Dean Shelly Berg’s vision of building the very best and most relevant school of music in the country.

“We already have a world-class faculty and student body here,” he says, encouraging other faculty and staff to give back to the University and help continue its forward momentum.

“Helping to fund scholarships is just one of the ways to contribute,” he says. “Many people have a passion for the arts, medicine, or science, for example, and want to support those fields. But I would suggest making an unrestricted donation that can be put to good use wherever the need is the greatest.”

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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.”

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