School Culture, Equity, and Diversity Advisory Committee

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Established in January of 2019, the purpose of the School Culture, Equity, and Diversity Advisory Committee (SCED) is to consider ways in which to promote the equity and diversity of the Frost School of Music, as well as contribute to a positive academic climate and school culture.

The SCED examines guidelines and procedures concerning school culture, equity, and diversity of the Frost School and make recommendations to the Frost School Council. The Frost School Council shares these recommendations with the Dean. These issues include the following: a) a culture of shared governance between Frost School Council and the Frost Administration, b) open, safe, and transparent communication among students, faculty, administration, and professional staff, c) priorities and goals concerning gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, race, and disability among students, faculty, administration, and professional staff, d) training programs in school culture, equity, and diversity for administration, faculty, and staff, e) a positive working environment, including examination of salary gender equity, and musicians’ health initiatives, and f) opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation among programs.

Committee Members

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  • Melvin L. Butler

    Melvin L. Butler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Musicology at the Frost School of Music. He specializes in music and religion in Haitian, Jamaican, and African American communities. Dr. Butler’s research explores the cultural politics of musical performance, national identity, and extraordinary experience. He also examines the discourses of cultural authenticity and spiritual power that inflect congregational practice. At the heart of his scholarly work lies a critical reconsideration of how spiritually charged music-making is embedded in processes of boundary crossing, identity formation, and social positioning throughout the African diaspora.

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  • Valerie Coleman

    Valerie Coleman-Page is an Assistant Professor of Performance, Chamber Music, and Entrepreneurship at the Frost School of Music. She is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy® nominated flutist, composer and entrepreneur. She is an alumna of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two Fellowship, Concert Artists Guild, and creator of the ensemble Imani Winds. Alongside recent commissions from ACO, Carnegie Hall and The National Flute Association, her performances span the globe from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, to Wigmore Hall and Chamber Music New Zealand. Her flute and pen have dived into various genres of collaborative performances with artists like Wayne Shorter, Paquito D’Rivera, David Shifrin, Jason Moran, Simon Shaheen, Steve Coleman, Harlem String Quartet and Orion String Quartet. 

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  • Timothy M. Conner

    Tim Conner, Associate Professor of Practice at the Frost School of Music, initially joined the faculty of the University of Miami in 1995. In addition to teaching individual studio lessons, he conducts the FROST Trombone Choir, coaches chamber music, teaches courses in trombone pedagogy and literature, and serves on several doctoral committees. He has been a featured soloist with the Frost Wind Ensemble several times, including its world premiere of David Maslanka’s “Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble,” which was written for him and Gary Green. Their recording of this work was released on the Naxos label. He also presented the world premiere of Thomas Sleeper’s “Translucence for Trombone” with the Frost Symphony Orchestra.

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  • John Daversa

    John Daversa is Chair of Studio Music and Jazz at the Frost School of Music as well as an internationally respected performer, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, and Schilke and BFM Jazz recording artist. Dr. Daversa’s celebrated career has included appearances on “The Today Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” as well as such musical gatherings as Live 8 in Berlin, the Hamburg Music Festival, the Java Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Montreux Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He has recorded with such notable and distinguished artists as Herbie Hancock, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Dori Caymi, Andraé Crouch, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and The Yellowjackets.

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  • Shannon K. de l'Etoile

    Shannon de l’Etoile, Ph.D., is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Music Therapy at the University of Miami FROST School of Music. She knows better than anyone the therapeutic effects of music as well as its power to soothe and help heal. A board-certified music therapist and member of both the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and the Southeastern Region of the AMTA, Dr. de l’Etoile is pleased to share her knowledge in this specialized area of expertise.

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  • Jennifer Grim

    Hailed as "a deft, smooth flute soloist" by the New York Times, Jennifer Grim's remarkable depth and breadth as a performer of solo and chamber repertoire has gained broad national acclaim. She has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds and the New York Chamber Soloists. She also serves as Principal Flute of the Mozart Orchestra of New York and the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra and has given solo and chamber performances throughout the United States and in China, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and Spain.

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  • Barbara Ham

    Barbara Ham joined the University of Miami in January 2008 and has over twenty (20) years of experience in Finance and Accounting.

    Barbara joined the University of Miami after leaving her role as Director of Shared Services for Staples, Inc in Columbia, South Carolina, where she worked for briefly after leaving Knight-Ridder Publishing Company. She spent over ten (10) years with Knight Ridder, where she served as General Manager of the KR Shared Services and ten (10) years with Harford Insurance Group in Hartford, Connecticut, where she held many leadership roles, before moving to Miami in 1992.

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  • Juraj Kojs

    Juraj Kojs is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC. He is also a renowned composer, sound and multimedia artist, performer, producer, researcher, and educator. His compositions have received recognition on multiple occasions, including honors received from “Europe—A Sound Panorama,” Miami New Times’ “Best Of”, Eastman Electroacoustic Composition and Performance Competition, and the Digital Art Award. Miami New Times went on to describe his muscle-powered multimedia performance of Neraissance as "striking and unforgettable," and MiamiArtzine called his composition Signals "enthralling and immersive." The Miami Herald praised his work Bang for the Train as "most profound…unexpected and enjoyable."

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  • Jodi Levitz

    Jodi Levitz, Professor of Viola at the Frost School of Music and Artistic Coordinator of Stamps Ensembles at the University of Miami, boasts an international reputation as a consummate artist and a passionate advocate of exploring new musical possibilities for the viola. She brings that energy and experience to the classroom, having spent twelve years as principal viola and soloist with the critically acclaimed Italian chamber group I Solisti Veneti, a position she attained while still a student at The Juilliard School of Music.

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  • Jorge L. Morejon

    Jorge L. Morejón is a Lecturer of Dance at the Frost School of Music. He received his bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Florida International University with a focus in Dance in 1998 and was awarded his Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Miami in 2006. Dr. Morejón started dancing with Creation Ballet Dance Company in Gasping in Oblivion and Bolero Suite. He was invited to the Florida Dance Festival where he was lead dancer/actor in Sleepless City. He danced the role of High Priest in La Bayadère with Ballet Theatre of Miami. He made his opera debut in Turandot with the Greater Miami Opera Chorus performing in Caballeria Rusticana, Pagliacci  and Christophoro Colombus. In 2000, he did Master level work in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School, Switzerland, and in 2004 he opened the Performance Space Camera Obscura in Little Havana where he directed Three Greek Women and Rabinal Achi.

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  • Patricia San Pedro

    Patricia San Pedro currently serves on the Frost School’s Executive committee and oversees all the school’s local, national and international marketing, communications, events, and corporate relations. Ms. San Pedro is a four-time Emmy award winner, veteran music promoter, TV producer, author, and media executive Patricia San Pedro has a unique and varied multimedia background, bringing decades of local, national, and international communications experience to Frost.

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Events

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
4:00 PM EDT

The Frost School of Music acknowledges and condemns the legacy of racism, values the dignity of all life, and stands in solidarity with the black community. We are committed to co-creating a caring, equitable, and compassionate world through sustainable long-term structures of curriculum, programming, and a culture that continues to raise awareness and learning of black lives because they matter. 

We support digging deep, listening deep, and understanding, followed by action. As a first step, the Frost School invites you to a private virtual town hall, Undoing Racism: Frost Listens.

As the first in a series, this is exclusively for current and new Frost students.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020
4:00 PM EDT

The first Town Hall was for current Frost students. More than 150 participated and submitted thoughtful, and provoking questions, comments, and suggestions, some of which our panel was able to respond to in real-time, and some were not able to be addressed during the time frame. However, the comments and questions are being shared throughout the faculty and staff leadership of the school who are helping to plan sustained short-term and long- term initiatives. For this, we are grateful.

This town hall was initially planned for alumni only, but in a revised format we are including alumni, students, faculty and staff. In this session, we will take our lead from alumni, as your insights, thoughts, comments, and suggestions will be invaluable to our improvement. Let us know what we can do better, and how our systems and structures can better engender trust, inclusion, and wellbeing.