Frost School History

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The University of Miami opened in the fall of 1926 with two academic units: the Conservatory of Music, and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Conservatory of Music was founded in October 1926 by Bertha M. Foster, who became the University's first music dean. Four years later, the Conservatory was renamed the School of Music. 

On October 30, 2003, the School of Music was renamed the Frost School of Music after philanthropists Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost donated $33 million, which was the largest gift ever given to a university-based music school in the United States.

With its start in the middle of the Jazz Age, the Frost School of Music has survived almost 100 years of change and growth to become a national music leader in higher education.