Frost School of Music

Frost School of Music

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music or Frost School of Music of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, known from 1926 to 2003 as University of Miami School of Music, is one of the most eminent music schools in the United States.

Academics and programs

One of the original schools of the University of Miami upon its opening in 1926, the Frost School of Music today has an enrollment of just over 700 students. The school offers degrees in instrumental performance, vocal performance, music engineering, music education, music composition, and musical theatre. It also offers Studio Music and Jazz degrees for instrumentalists and vocalists. Its Studio Music and Jazz program is consistently known as among the best in the nation. It was also the first music school in the nation to offer the innovative degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, as well as boasting a hands-on music therapy program. The Bachelor of Arts in Music program offers the benefits of a music major with a liberal arts minor, and is a popular choice as a double major for pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-dental, and pre-law students who wish to also pursue higher studies in music. A minor in music is also offered for non-music majors. Music majors within different fields can choose to minor in studio music and jazz, music composition, music business and entertainment industries, and dance. Graduate programs are offered in every music discipline. In April 2007, Shelly Berg was announced as the new Dean of the Frost School of Music, replacing William Hipp.


The school's facilities include the 600-seat Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, site of performances by students, faculty, and guest artists; the 150-seat Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall; The Marta and L. Austin Weeks Music Library and Technology center, opened in 2005; and the Bertha Foster practice building, home to practice rooms and faculty studios. These facilities, as well as the standard rehearsal halls and classroom buildings are all located on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus.


On October 16, 2003, the University of Miami announced a $33 million dollar gift from philanthropists Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost. This announcement came during the gala launch night of the University's $1 billion Momentum Campaign.

Notable alumni

*Jon Secada, Grammy award-winning recording artist
*Steve Morse, guitarist of Deep Purple
*Marvis Martin, soprano
*Bruce Hornsby
*Lewis Cleale, actor
*Erin and Brad O'Donnell, CCM musicians, Dove Award nominee (Erin) and studio exec (Brad)
*Michelle Amato
*DERIQUE, Grammy nominated R&B singer

Notable faculty

*Shelly Berg, Dean
*Ivan Davis, piano
*Gary Green, Director of Bands
*Jon Secada, jazz voice
*Alan Johnson, Director, Opera Theater
*J. D. Shaw (of the Boston Brass), French horn
*Trudy Kane (formerly principal flute with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), flute
*Ney Rosauro, percussion
*Thomas Sleeper, Director of Orchestral Activities
*Deborah Schwartz-Kates, musicology
*Frank Cooper, musicology

External links

* [ Official site]

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