Frost School, Festival Napa Valley ‘join forces’

Frost School of Music student Melanie Ferrabone performed at Festival Napa Valley. Photo: Courtesy of Aperture Media and Festival Napa Valley
By Amanda M. Perez

Frost School of Music student Melanie Ferrabone performed at Festival Napa Valley. Photo: Courtesy of Aperture Media and Festival Napa Valley

Frost School, Festival Napa Valley ‘join forces’

By Amanda M. Perez
The Frost School of Music continues to expand opportunities for students and has partnered with the music, food, and wine festival. A selected group took a musical journey to California to perform in the 10-day event.

Frost School of Music faculty members and students have taken their talents on the road. 

In an effort to expand opportunities for music students and enrich their musical journey, Frost has partnered with Festival Napa Valley—a 10-day event ending July 25 that offers world-class performances and inspiring arts education programs. 

“Festival Napa Valley is one of the most treasured music festivals in the U.S. and we are thrilled to join forces on this new initiative,” said Dean Shelly Berg. “The Frost School trains the whole musician as an artist, entrepreneur, stage persona, and more, and we are enthused to bring this philosophy of musicianship to the innovative Festival Napa Valley.” 

Bobby Gallagher is one of about 20 Frost School of Music students who is participating in this summer’s festival. He said that he is thankful for the opportunity to take part in an experience that will help set him up for success in the future. 

“Any festival is a great way to meet other musicians, both upcoming and legendary. It’s also a great experience playing lots of music and gaining new tools and tips from faculty and professionals. This festival is no exception as it’s full of high-level students and renowned faculty. Being in beautiful Napa Valley is just a bonus,” Gallagher pointed out. 

He said he’s already learned so much during the past few days. “I’ve learned repertoire that I haven’t performed before and been able to sit and soak up information from faculty, which is one of the best ways to learn. Hearing the faculty constantly and playing with them is a great way to improve rapidly,” he said. 

Jennifer Grim, associate professor in the Frost School and newly appointed artistic administrator for Frost School at Festival Napa Valley explained, “Summer festivals are an essential part of any serious music student's training, not only for the music study and performance opportunities, but also as a way to establish lasting friendships and connections. I look forward to seeing our students continue to thrive at Festival Napa Valley.” 

In addition to Grim, instructors from the Frost School faculty who are participating in the festival include Margaret Donaghue Flavin, Jodi Levitz, Craig Morris, Bettina Mussumeli, Svet Stoyanov, and Richard Todd. 

Students who are attending the festival will participate in its renowned Blackburn Music Academy, which is an immersive summer conservatory program for emerging professional musicians. Participants perform in chamber and orchestral concerts, with some of the most respected musicians from around the world, and in workshops, sectionals, and a variety of professional development activities. Students who are attending the festival were recommended by faculty members and selected by an audition process. 

Gallagher, who specializes in the trumpet, was thrilled to get the opportunity to be exposed to such a great experience and hopes the festival helps him get one step closer to his ultimate goal. 

“I hope to one day have a full-time position with an orchestra and hopefully to be able to teach,” said Gallagher. “I think Frost has helped me and will continue to help me achieve this goal through my lessons, curriculum, and opportunities that are continually being offered at the school.”