Elementary and Suzuki Faculty
Aileen Robertson, Director of Suzuki Prep Program at UM Frost Preparatory Program, Suzuki violin faculty
Jessica Urbanik, Elementary Musical Theater, Chorus, and Music Skills
Jessica Maclean, Suzuki Prep, Violin and Fiddle
Jonathon Winter, Suzuki Violin
Stephanie Lichter, Suzuki Violin and Elementary Music
Violaine Mazel, Suzuki Cello
Jessica Urbanik is thrilled to return to the Frost Young Musicians' Camp; she served as an original staff member of the camp from it's inception in 2000 until 2008. Mrs. Urbanik earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Miami in 2001. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early/Middle Childhood Music. She currently teaches elementary general music, chorus, guitar, strings and modern band at William Lehman Elementary School. In addition, she serves on the Executive Board of the Dade County Music Educators Association. She mentors new music teachers and collegiate level student teachers, earning her the nickname "The Boss". She also regularly presents professional development for music teachers in the Miami Dade Public School System.
Aileen Robertson was born in New York to a musical family. She and her sisters all played violin - Aileen started playing Suzuki violin at 3 years old - and her father provided piano accompaniment for impromptu family performances. These early experiences, along with later ensemble playing in orchestras and Suzuki group classes, instilled a lifelong love of music. Aileen's goal as music teacher is to inspire this same joy and appreciation in young children and their families.
Aileen attended the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she studied music education and vocal jazz performance. After graduation she began her career with the New York City Department of Education, teaching music in the South Bronx to underprivileged youth. Aileen and her husband later relocated to Miami, where she decided to focus her skills on early childhood music education. She became a registered Suzuki and Music Together instructor and opened her own Miami Suzuki School. Aileen had long dreamed of bringing Suzuki to a wider audience, she was thrilled when the Frost Prep Team asked her to join the program as Manager of Early Childhood Music in 2016, with the mission of developing a nurturing yet challenging program for students as young as a few months. She serves on the Board of the Suzuki Association of South Florida and is active in the national Suzuki community.
Aileen performs as a vocalist with local jazz ensembles and has recorded for various commercials and movies with 10k Islands Music House.
Stephanie Lichter began playing violin through the Suzuki method from the age of 6 and has now been teaching Suzuki violin lessons since 2010. She completed her Suzuki violin books 1, 2, 3, and 4 teacher training in Colorado and St. Petersburg, and Ithaca. She also became certified to teach music together where we sing, dance, and explore instruments. Stephanie graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelors in music education and a Master's in child psychology and adolescent development from Southern New Hampshire University. She has had her own private Suzuki violin studio since 2010 where she teaches private violin classes, string chamber groups, and music together classes. Stephanie has worked at the Young Musicians Camp since 2005 in the past as a counselor, dorm counselor, music theory teacher, chamber group teacher, and private violin teacher.
A native of the Midwest, violinist Jonathon Winter has performed as soloist, chamber, and ensemble musician across the United States and Europe. Recently, Jonathon has performed with the Joffrey Ballet, Palm Beach Symphony, AIMS Festival Orchestra, and has performed as soloist with the Oneota Valley Orchestra and the Eurasia Chamber Orchestra of Berlin. Additionally, Jonathon has worked extensively with artists such as Laura Bossert, Kyoko Hashimoto, and Csaba Erd√©lyi, and has performed in masterclasses with Henning Kraggerud, Judith Ingolfsson, and Zakhar Bron. He has also attended the Lutheran Summer Music Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Castleman Quartet Program. Equally comfortable as a studio musician, Jonathon has recorded with Jorge Mejia for Sony Music, jazz singer Patti Austin, and has performed with major artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Diane "Deedles" Schuur, Kristin Chenoweth, and John Williams, among others.
Also an emerging educator and formally trained as a Suzuki Method teacher, Jonathon has a studio of young violinists ranging from ages 3-12 at the Frost Preparatory Program in Coral Gables, Florida, where he also teaches viola and Suzuki group classes. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota School of Music as a student of Suzuki pioneer Mark Bjork. Jonathon currently lives in Miami, Florida, where he is a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and studies with the legendary violinist, Charles Castleman.
French cellist Violaine Mazel studied at the famous Conservatory in Boulogne Billancourt in Paris and in Lille with Xavier Gagnepain and Helene Dautry. She received her DEM (Diplome d'Etudes Musicales) with a first prize for cello, chamber music and theory in 2002.
She has studied string quartet in collaboration with the Quatuor Rosamonde and performed with other chamber music ensembles (chamber orchestra, trios, and cello ensembles).While a student herself, Violaine discovered her love of teaching and started a cello studio in Paris. She also taught cello and pre-k music discovery at the Conservatoire Octave in Paris. Once in Brazil, she taught at the Instituto Fukuda. She became the pedagogical leader of the Institute and led the theory, orchestra and chamber music lessons, and organized workshops and masterclasses.
Violaine has studied the Suzuki philosophy and is certified to teach Books 1, 2 and 4. She taught in the Escola Suzuki in Sao Paulo and implememted the method at a Brazilian middle school and is currently working for the Frost Prepartory Programs Suzuki Strings division.