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!
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
MUSIC BUSINESS & ENTERTAINMENT
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.