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New Faculty 2019

Frost School of Music Welcomes New Faculty Members

By UM News

Frost School of Music Welcomes New Faculty Members

By UM News
The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is pleased to welcome an esteemed group of new faculty members beginning with the 2019 fall semester.
World-renowned Maestro Gerard Schwarz joins the faculty as Director of Orchestral Activities and Music Director of the Frost Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Amanda Quist, Director of Choral Activities; Jennifer Grim, Associate Professor, Flute;  Guillermo Page, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Assistant Director in the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program (MBEI); Dr. Laura Sherman, Full-Time Lecturer In Harp Performance and Music Theory; Alison Wedding, Lecturer, Studio Music & Jazz and Matteo Magarotto, Lecturer, Musicology.   
 
Dean Shelton G. Berg stated: “This year’s additions to the Frost School faculty exemplify our commitment to excellence. We’re fortunate to have superb artists and prolific scholars among our faculty, which is just one of the many reasons students come to build themselves at Frost!”
 
Multi Grammy-winning composer/conductor Maria Schneider assumes her position as Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute, and along with many of her esteemed colleagues will be performing in the school’s annual critically acclaimed Frost Music Live Concert Series.
 
Added Congratulations:
FSoM is pleased to announce Serona Elton has been promoted to Associate Dean for Administration and Frank Ragsdale to Chair of the Department of Vocal Performance.  Both of these faculty members have been serving in these capacities on an interim basis.  In addition to her new appointment, Serona Elton remains Chair of the Music Media and Industry Department and Director of the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program.   Frank Ragsdale has served as Associate Professor of Voice and is assuming the position following Dr. Esther Jane Hardenbergh, who is retiring after 19 years at FSoM.  Additional faculty promoted and assuming new roles include:  Raina Murnak and Daniel Strange to Assistant Professors, Sandra Lopez-Neill to Lecturer in MVP. John Hart to Assistant Professor of Practice and Charles Bergeron to Associate Professor of Practice.  Bergeron also serves as Program Director of the JAS Academy, a collaboration with Jazz Aspen Snowmass and FSoM, recently held in Aspen, Colorado providing 23 jazz students with a full scholarship to attend a two-week summer residency education program with some of the biggest names in jazz.