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James Galway Named Presidential Scholar


James Galway Named Presidential Scholar

The world renown flautist  joins the Frost School of Music 

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GalwayCORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 6, 2017) – Sir James Galway, the internationally acclaimed flautist from Belfast, Northern Ireland, is joining the Frost School of Music as a Distinguished Presidential Scholar, as part of an initiative introduced by UM President Julio Frenk.

“Sir James Galway is a world-class artist and educator who enriches our world through the power of music. The University of Miami is honored to welcome him as one of its inaugural Distinguished Presidential Scholars. Students from the Frost School of Music and from our entire community will benefit greatly from his creativity, proficiency, and dedication,” said Frenk.

As an endowed talent, Galway will conduct his first Master Class on March 9 with Trudy Kane, associate professor of flute at the Frost School of Music.

“We are so delighted to welcome Sir James Galway to the Frost flute studio,” Kane said. “It is a thrilling opportunity for our flute students and the entire Frost community. We look forward to interacting with him and learning from his lifetime of experience.”

As a Distinguished Presidential Scholar, Galway will instill his talents in various settings, including performances and lectures, among the students, faculty and staff. Regarded for his diverse talents as an interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Galway is also noted as an entertainer with the ability to span generations and genres.

“This is the most exciting thing happening to me since I left the Berlin Philharmonic,” Galway said. “I am looking forward to sharing all the experience I have had in the last 40 years with the students and faculty of this distinguished school.”

“Sir James Galway is one of the greatest musicians of our time, who embodies a panoply of Frost School ideals—performance at the highest level of artistry, breadth of style, dazzling stage presence, entrepreneurship, and citizenship. It is a thrill to have his imprint on our students, faculty, and culture,” said Shelly Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music.

One of the most highly regarded musicians in the world, Galway has sold more than 30 million recordings worldwide and has collaborated with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, and Sir Elton John. His musical talents can also be heard throughout television and film soundtracks, including “The Lord of the Rings.”

“The idea of introducing new talent is to infuse our environment with the world’s best thinkers and doers,” said Berg. “And Sir James Galway is certainly fitting to take on the role.”




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Festival Miami Brings Out the Stars

The Frost School of Music’s 33rd Annual Festival Miami wrapped up this past weekend after more than 20 performances that featured Frost School ensembles, Grammy-Award winners, Broadway performers, chart-topping DJs, international legends, and rising stars, including Emily Estefan, whose festival debut drew such celebrities as her parents, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and Jackie Cruz, star of the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black. 

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Festival Miami: The Impact Beyond the Orchestra

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-pianist Bruce Hornsby performs with fellow UM Frost School of Music alumnus and bassist Chris Croce on February 4 at Festival Miami

By Jennifer Palma
UM News


Bruce Hornsby

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 7, 2016) — Each year, musical guests and students at the University of Miami Frost School of Music come together to captivate audiences of varying musical interests and passions.

As Florida’s premier live music festival, Festival Miami promotes a broad range of genres and musical talents to provide students and guests with innovative and inspiring performances. For many students, involvement in Festival Miami brings perspectives full circle.

For Frost School of Music alumnus Chris Croce, B.M. ’14, this year’s Festival Miami experience is unique compared to his past festival performances. For the first time since graduating, Croce is returning to UM to showcase his talents with Bruce Hornsby, B.M. ’77, and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra as part of the Creative American Music series.

For Croce, the upcoming show truly brings him back to where his career started. He recalls the moment during his time as a student when he first worked with Hornsby preparing for a Festival Miami concert. “Members of the Frost Studio Jazz Band created their own arrangements of Bruce Hornsby tunes and performed for Bruce,” said Croce. “As a bass player, I tend to sit near the piano and ended up next to Bruce during our performance. I think that was the first time he took notice of my interest in both contemporary and jazz music.”

Interactions such as the one with Croce and Hornsby happen frequently at the Frost School. Their brief meeting sparked a larger conversation and prompted Hornsby to reach out to Croce a few years later when he returned to Miami Beach for a concert with the New World Symphony. This time, Hornsby invited Croce to join him on stage for that symphonic performance, which was praised as “musically arresting” and “entertaining” by South Florida Classical Review. While the two haven’t had a chance to perform together since, Hornsby knew Croce would be the ideal musician to join him during his Festival Miami performance with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.

“During my time playing with the Studio Jazz Band at the Frost School of Music, Chris played great and had this beautiful, joyous spirit as a player and a person. It was great to play with him at the New World Symphony concert, and I knew he would be a perfect fit for the Festival Miami show,” said Hornsby.

Hornsby knows well the impact visiting performers, especially alumni, can have on students. “One of the first concerts I attended as a student was The Dixie Dregs, a band comprised of former UM music students,” shared Hornsby. “The performance inspired and amazed me.”

It’s moments and opportunities like this that keep Hornsby, Croce, and others returning to perform and take part in Festival Miami. With an eclectic mix of performers and genres, the festival appeals to musically diverse interests and cultures, including everything from Cuban fusion to American pop.

“At Festival Miami, the performances are unique in the sense that they often cross genres, sounds, and styles,” said Croce. “When you attend a performance, it’s not just jazz or songwriting. It always goes much deeper. I think that speaks to the diversity of the Frost School of Music in general.”

While Festival Miami performances will continue to impress audiences regardless of genre or style, connections like the one between Croce and Hornsby communicate the value of merging the past and the present on center stage. “While I was a student, it was opportunities like working with Bruce Hornsby, taking part in songwriting competitions, and opening for other artists that shaped me into an all-around musician. Each of these occasions is unique to Festival Miami, and I know many other students who have had similar interactions and now have similar stories to tell,” said Croce.

“Bruce Hornsby is one of the most moving and innovative songwriter/composers of our time,” said Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg. “It is thrilling to me that he is returning to his alma mater to inspire and collaborate with our student artists. The thrill is amplified by Bruce’s selection of Frost alum Chris Croce to join in as a performer.”

On February, 4, 2017, when Hornsby and Croce take their talents center stage for their Festival performance with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, they will perpetuate the legacy of Festival Miami, fostering lifelong connections that create musical adventures for years to come.

Also slated to appear at Festival Miami on February 9 is renowned violinist Mark O’Connor with The O’Connor Band, along with alumnus bassist Geoff Saunders, M.M. ’13, now a D.M.A. candidate at the Frost School. O’Connor was artist-in-residence at Frost when he met Saunders, whom he then invited to record and tour with The O’Connor Band. Their Coming Home album debuted at No. 1 in August on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart.

Festival Miami kicks-off on January 19, 2017 and runs through February 11, guaranteeing another year of Grammy Award-winning and internationally acclaimed musical guest artists, master faculty artists, and award-winning student ensembles. For a full listing of performers, concerts and ticket availability, visit festivalmiami.com.

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Survive Cancer? Join the Sylvester Singers Survivor Choir

The music therapy program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center invites cancer survivors of all ages, abilities, and experience levels to join the Sylvester Singers Survivor Choir. Enjoy free lessons with no commitment and the physical and mental benefits of social singing. All styles of vocal music are welcome.

Rehearsals begin in January and will be held on Mondays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Support Services Building, 1430 NW 11th Avenue, Miami. Parking fees will be covered. For more information, email SCCC music therapist Marlen Rodriguez-Wolfe, a graduate of the Frost School of Music, at marlenr@med.miami.edu.

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’Cane Records Wins Independent Music Award

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 18, 2016)—’Cane Records, the student-run record label at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, won an Independent Music Award for Best Album Compilation for its latest release, For The Record.

The team at ’Cane Records surpassed thousands of competing artists from around the world to receive the Independent Music Award for Best Album Compilation at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on November 12.

Nominations for the Independent Music Awards were culled from submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe. This year, judges included Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Slayer, The Kills, Lalah Hathaway, Meshell Ndegeocello, Suzanne Vega, and Shelby Lynne as well as influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.

The winning album, For The Record, consists of 12 new up-and-coming Frost School artists from various music genres performing their original songs.

“’Cane Records and our artist compilation series, in particular, affords our students the opportunity to participate and gain real-world experience running their own music business enterprise,” said John Redmond, assistant professor of practice in the Frost School and faculty advisor to ’Cane Records and Cat 5 Music.

The artists or bands featured on For The Record include Phonobomb, ZOLA, Andrea Lopez, Jack Lax, Souvenir, Meaghan Campbell, Noah Tauscher, Mint Trip, and Ashley Levin.

“What is unique about this particular Independent Music Award is that it is international, judged by active music business professionals and successful artists, and provides opportunities for our artists,” said Redmond.

To add to ’Cane Records efforts, winners of this year’s 15th Independent Music Awards will receive active promotion, distribution and performance opportunities that will place them in front of millions of music fans and industry decision makers.

The ’Cane Records team for this award-winning release are:

President: Emma Marzen

Vice President: Cristian Hitchcock

Business Affairs: Randolph Miller-Taylor

Marketing Coordinator: Allie Darmanian-Harris

Social Media/Webmaster: Andrea Lopez

A&R Coordinator: Brian Barnett

A&R Representatives: Jon Vilardi, Kim Komara, Maryjane Wheeler, Sam Fein

Album Artwork: Jared Dylan

’Cane Records, one of the first student-run record labels in the U.S., was created in the fall of 1993 by a small group of ambitious graduate and undergraduate students in the Music Business and Entertainment Industries program at the University of Miami School of Music. Since its inception, ’Cane Records has released over 20 albums and continues to be one of the leading student-run record labels in the country.

For more information about For The Record, ’Cane Records and their music, visit ’Cane Records

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