The Frost Young Musicians' Camp is excited to present the following University of Miami Frost School of Music professors in Camp 2020! Campers will be able to interact with these selected professors in a small group setting. Keep checking back to this page as we keep adding more professors to our list!
Shawn Crouch - UM Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Dept. of Music Theory & Composition
Shawn Crouch is Assistant Professor of Practice, Music Theory and Composition at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC at the University, as well as the artistic director of the Ibis New Music Ensemble. He has received wide praise including "Music of gnarly energy"- New York Times and "A highly respected composer and conductor, he brings many years of experience and accomplishment to the classroom. A Gifted Composer"- Gramophone Magazine. Professor Crouch's Visions and Ecstasies, A Mass was chosen as "Best New Work" of 2016 by the South Florida Classical Review.
He has seen his works performed and commissioned by a significant number of leading ensembles in the United States, Canada and Europe, among them, the Cleveland Orchestra, American Modern Ensemble, Cantori New York, California E.A.R. Unit, Chanticleer, Del Sol String Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, the Lunar Ensemble, the New Ear Contemporary Ensemble, the Phoenix Chorale, Prism Quartet, San Francisco Choral Artists, Santa Fe Chorale, Seraphic Fire, and Volti.
Aside from his live performance, Professor Crouch's music has been commercially recorded and released by many notable artists and ensembles. His "Paradise," a motet for 12 voices, was recorded by Volti for their This Is What Happened album. "Lullaby," a selection from "Paradise," can be found on The Best of Chanticleer on Warner Bros. Records. His composition, "Light of Common Day" was included on the Seraphic Fire album Reincarnations. Another of his efforts, "Pie Jesu" "rom "The Road from Hiroshima," was one of the selections on Seraphic Fire's self-titled album. Shawn Crouch's instrumental compositions "City Columns" and "Adolescent Psychology" can be found on the Navona Records label. His music is published by G. Schirmer, Hal Leonard and HoneyRock Publishing.
In recognition of his efforts, Professor Crouch Shawn has received honors and awards from such prestigious institutions as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The American Prize, ASCAP, BMI, Yale University, the Society of Composers Inc., Meet the Composer and the Percussive Arts Society. In addition, he was the inaugural recipient of the Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum.
Professor Crouch studied composition with Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Lansing McCloskey and Malcolm Peyton. He has also been the Wallace-Readers Digest Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and a composition fellow at the Norfolk Music Festival. He received his B.Mus. from the New England Conservatory, his M.Mus. from the Yale School of Music,and his D.M.A. from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Shawn Crouch serves on the board of Chorus America.
Brian Russell - UM faculty, Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program
A multifaceted musician, researcher, educator, and lecturer, Brian E. Russell, Ph. D. serves as Director of Contemporary Guitar studies, Director of Assessment and Lecturer at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC. A second generation Miamian, he has devoted his career to playing and teaching the guitar. His musical background in a variety of contemporary genres, from rock, pop and heavy metal to jazz, country and bluegrass, has made him a valuable and versatile musical contributor on both the stage and in the studio. Apart from recording with the legendary Julio Iglesias and adding his accompaniment to such popular modern musicals as "Rock of Ages," "Wicked," "The Last Five Years," and "Tommy," he also writes and produces original music with his group, the Brian Russell Alliance.
Dr. Russell's dedicated approach to mentoring musicians and motivating them to pursue success careers has been a hallmark of his teaching style. The Grammy Foundation recognized him as a Quarterfinalist for the prestigious Grammy Music Educator Award.
He continues to pursue research involving performance measurement paradigms, jazz theory knowledge acquisition, creativity in jazz improvisation, and measurement development. He has published his research in several national and international music education journals and has shared his findings in several worldwide forums. He currently serves on the editorial committees for the International Journal of Music Education and for the Journal for Popular Music Education and serves as an invited reviewer for the Psychology of Music journal. Dr. Russell earned his Ph. D. in Music Education with a cognate in jazz performance from the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC. His experience teaching guitar, piano, orchestra and choral music at the college, high school, and middle school levels has provided Dr. Russell with unique insights into guiding and inspiring aspiring student musicians on their journey from studies at the university to satisfying musical careers beyond the campus.
Martin Bejerano - jazz piano, UM Associate Professor, Dept. of Studio Music & Jazz
Pianist and founding member of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth quartet.
Grammy nomination for Fountain of Youth, Roy Haynes Quartet , 2002
Performances with Christian McBride, Dave Holland, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Ignacio Berroa
Performances at such notable venues as Alice Tully Hall, Rose Hall (Lincoln Center Jazz), Symphony Space, The Kennedy Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie Kohln, Orchestra Hall (Detroit), Chicago Symphony Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, and nearly all the major jazz clubs in the world
Leader of award-winning Martin Bejerano Trio, including international performances and three critically acclaimed albums
John Yarling - drumset, UM faculty Dept. of Studio Music & Jazz
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Reynaldo Sanchez - UM professor, Dept. of Music Business and Entertainment Industries
An educator, scholar, producer, songwriter and guitarist, Rey is also the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation and a Professor of Music Business and Entertainment Industries at the FROST School of Music at the University of Miami. This multi-faceted educator and musician is Director of the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program, and has been responsible for expanding the educational opportunities offered by the FROST School of Music overall.
An accomplished multi-tasker, he also serves as Director of the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program, an innovative performing and songwriting program curriculum developed with Frost School alumnus Bruce Hornsby to incorporate both American roots music and contemporary composition. The program has become one of the school's fastest growing areas of study. It also offers those with an interest in electronic music performance an opportunity to become full music majors, a first for a major music school in the U.S.
It's that degree of commitment and initiative that Dean Sanchez has not only brought to the FROST School of Music, but also to the university as a whole. He was instrumental in establishing the first-of-a-kind joint JD/MM and MA degrees in Music Business & Entertainment Industries and Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management in cooperation with the University of Miami School of Law. He also spearheaded the development and launch of the online extension of the FROST School of Music -- FROST Online -- allowing students to take advantage of the aforementioned Master's programs from the comfort of their computers.
Dean Rey not only brings that enthusiasm and exuberance to the classroom, but to every project he undertakes. An accomplished artist in his own right, Dean Sanchez has worked with numerous international artists, including Latin superstar Chayanne, for whom he's served as his longtime musical director. His lengthy career has found him associated with such distinguished organizations as EMI Music Publishing, Sony Music, Universal Music and Columbia Pictures Publications among others. In addition, his band Yerba Blue released its debut album America√±a in 2010, a fusion of Bluegrass, Americana and Latin music.
The author of numerous educational guitar books published by FJH Music Publishing, Dean Sanchez is a voting member of the Recording Academy, a former President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educator's Association (MEIEA) and a current and founding member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Popular Music Education (APME). A specialist in international music copyright, he wrote an article, "Unfair? The Unique Status of Sound Recordings under U.S. Copyright Law and its Impact on the Progress of Sample-Based Music," which was published in the 2012 edition of the Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association.
Raina Murnak - Assistant Professor, Director of Contemporary Voice and Performance Artistry
Raina Murnak serves as the Director of the FROST Summer Institute of Contemporary Songwriting. She has been an active vocalist and performer for over 20 years. She has been a university educator for the last 16 years, and has created such innovative programs as the Contemporary Music Theory program, the Solfege/Sight Singing program within FROST's renowned Experiential Music Curriculum, and the advanced theory, theater and songwriting programs at the FROST Young Musician's Summer Camp. She also remains active on FROST Online teaching courses in Undergraduate Music Theory Fundamentals and Graduate Peak Performance.
As a multi-talented artist well versed in not only music, but also in dance and the visual arts, Professor Murnak has created hundreds of songwriting and theater productions she has directed for her students, while garnering close to 100,000 video views. As a performer, she has starred on stage and screen as a lead vocalist, background vocalist and musical director for numerous artists.
After pursuing a musical path as an avant garde classical vocalist, Professor Murnak is now widely as a regarded contemporary vocalist and songwriter. She has an impressive command of multiple vocal techniques and styles, and she oversees a large private studio where she teaches students who use singing as therapy, as well as those who tour and compete in televised music competitions. Dr Murnak holds both a BM and MA degree in Vocal Performance and Composition from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a DMA in Music Theory and Composition and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Miami.
Scott Flavin - Violin, UM faculty, Department of Instrumental Performance
Scott Flavin enjoys an incredibly versatile musical career. Since 1998 he has been a professor of violin at the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami, where he is first violinist of the internationally-acclaimed Bergonzi String Quartet, as well as Resident Conductor for The Henry Mancini Institute. He also is concertmaster of Florida Grand Opera, and violinist/violist for PULSE Trio. As a composer and arranger, his works have been heard on "Performance Today" and have been recorded by the Bergonzi Quartet. As conductor, he has appeared on the podium with such diverse artists as Joseph Silverstein, Bobby McFerrin, Mark O'Connor, and Chick Corea, and is Music Director of the Miami Mozarteum Orchestra. His recordings include chamber music on the Naxos, M&W, and Centaur labels, and commercial recordings on Sony, EMI, and Warner Brothers, including appearances on over a dozen Grammy Award-winning albums. He has written three plays, and his book, "Complete Scales for Violin" is available through M&W Music. He has recorded two solo CDs, "Great Violin Solos of the Opera and Ballet" and the Brahms violin sonatas.