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Theory, Composition and Contemporary Songwriting Faculty

Raina Murnak, UM Faculty, Creative American Music program, Songwriting, Music Theory, Musical Theater

Shawn Crouch, UM Faculty, Assistant Professor of Practice, Theory and Composition, Artistic Director, Ensemble Ibis

Brian Wilkins, Director of Business Development, Frost School of Music

Gonzalo Mejia, UM, Video Production

Rachel Ohnsman, Songwriting

Danny Sanchez, Digital Sound Design, Songwriting

Randall Barlow, UM Faculty, Media Writing and Production


photoRAINA MURNAK - UM Faculty

Raina Murnak is a lecturer in music theory, ear training and song writing at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. She is a New York-born composer and vocalist and received both her Bachelors in Voice and her Master's in Composition from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Composition and Vocal Pedagogy from the UM Frost School of Music. Dr. Murnak has enjoyed many performances of her works both in concert and on recordings. She is a very active performing vocalist varied genres, ranging from the avant-garde classical to the commercial. Recently, she played keyboards and backing vocals in a Comcast Special for rock singer Bob Pressner and also performed Auksalaq, a telematic opera, with the New World Symphony. Her most recent albums of original songs include La La Famous with the Pure Pinks and The Dawn of Us, a singer/songwriter EP. As a pedagogue, Murnak is constantly creating new effective models to train students including her most recent contributions to the Frost School's Experiential Music Curriculum. She is also a visual artist, actress and dancer and seeks to integrate multiple art forms whenever possible in her compositions and performances and in her student's shows.

brian-wilkinsBRIAN WILKINS

Wilkins built a successful 18-year career utilizing his passion for music, technology, creative partnership building, and artist relations to help clients grow their businesses and brands. He is the founder and president of 137 Entertainment, an innovative music management agency specializing in artist development, digital marketing, business development consulting, and artist-label relations. Most recently, he served as strategic advisor and business development director for leading music companies PledgeMusic and Cyber PR where he helped establish music business curriculums at the Berklee School of Music and Middle Tennessee State University. As an entrepreneur, he helped create, launch, and build a client base of over 75 artists and 100,000 users for the music mobile social application, CrowdStream. Wilkins has held positions with major and independent music label partners including Sony/BMG Entertainment, RED Music, and INgrooves. He was also an artist manager and director of new media for Rebel-One Management, where he helped guide the careers of top-tier artists and producers including Rihanna and Alex Da Kid.


Reinaldo Daniel Sanchez is a Miami native musician and producer. Many people know him by his stage name "Danny Rein." He recently graduated the University of Miami with a Media Writing Production major and Songwriting/Music Business double minor with guitar being his primary instrument. You may find him playing guitar and singing in his band "Love & Water" or locked away in his home studio producing for hours on end.


Gramophone Magazine calls Shawn Crouch a "gifted composer" and Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times describes Shawn Crouch's work as music of "gnarling atonal energy". The Miami Herald called his Road From Hiroshima; A Requiem a "staggering achievement, an imaginative, powerful and deeply moving work" making the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel's 2005 Classical Music Standouts. Shawn has received awards and accolades from such prestigious institutions as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, BMI, Yale University, Society of Composers Inc., Meet the Composer and the Percussive Arts Society. Shawn has worked collaboratively with Miami based artist Kevin Arrow, dance choreographer Susan Dodge, and theater director Tina Packer and Shakespeare and Company.

An educator as well as a composer, Shawn Crouch has served as the Founding Director of Seraphic Fire's Miami Choral Academy, a tuition-free program that creates a little league-type network of choral ensembles for children in underserved communities of Miami-Dade County. Shawn Crouch has also served on the music faculty at the Walden School for Young Musicians, and the Hunter College Campus School in New York City.

He is the Artistic Director of the White Ibis New Music Ensemble at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and will be joining their faculty in the fall of 2016.


Mr. Mejia is a Film Director and Video Producer with an extensive list of credits which include Documentaries, Short Films, Commercials and Web Content. Many of his productions have received awards and praise from people around the world.

Currently Gonzalo serves as Manager of Production Services for Frost Online at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami where he applies all his talent and unique vision to create world class media content for our school.

Gonzalo holds a BSC from the School of Communication at the University of Miami.


Rachel Ohnsman, currently a student at the Frost School of Music majoring in jazz vocal performance. She performs regularly both on piano and voice, in jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre styles. Ohnsman has performed at Sofar Sounds, Festival Miami, Carnegie Hall, and Vizcaya Gardens, among others. Additionally, she arranges vocal and instrumental tunes and presented a TEDx Talk about music genres (upcoming, April 2017). Some recent stage highlights include: 13 The Musical (Musical Director, 2015); Stardust Cabaret (Alumni Center, 2016); and Cats (Assistant MD, 2015).


Randall Barlow is a full time lecturer in the Media Writing and Production Department of the Frost School of Music. He is a studio musician (trumpet) for numerous artists including Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, Jon Secada, Robert Blades, Jennifer Lopez, Alejandro Fernandez and many others. His recording/production credits include working with Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, and many others