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Taylor Aretz, M.M. '16

Taylor Aretz, M.M. '16Taylor Aretz, M.M. '16, studied classical piano as an undergraduate student at Ithaca College, but knew she wanted to pursue a career in the music business. She figured that the best way to make that happen was to pursue a master’s degree in the field, and found the Frost School of Music to be the best fit for her. While she was a student at Frost, she took advantage of the many opportunities to gain hands-on experience, serving as Managing Director of student-run Cat 5 Music, interning at Warner/Chappell, one of the world’s top music publishers, and working as part of the stage crew in the on-campus concert halls. Taylor was also given the honor of being selected as a Teaching Assistant, which involved working closely with the program director and faculty on a variety of program-related activities inside and outside of the classroom.


Nicholas D’Angiolillo, B.M. '08

Nicholas D’Angiolillo, B.M. '08Nicholas D’Angiolillo, B.M. '08, received his bachelor’s of music degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industries from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he was awarded a Stamps Endowed Music Scholarship. D’Angiolillo is the Licensing Representative at Naxos of America, Inc., a leading classical music label with over 360,000 recorded music tracks that are licensed and streamed around the world.


Heather Ellis, B.M. '13

Heather Ellis, B.M. '13Heather Ellis, B.M. '13, was bitten by the music business bug while still in high school in Virginia. She loved both singing in a rock band, and handling the band’s business activities, like booking shows. She knew she wanted to be involved in artist development, and was drawn to the Frost School of Music because of the reputation of the music business program. While she was a student at Frost, she kick-started her career by serving as the President of student-run ‘Cane Records, interning at Crush Management and in the prestigious Big Red program at Columbia Records, and working as a college marketing representative for Sony Music.


John Farrey, B.S. '12

John Farrey, B.S. '12John Farrey, B.S. '12, developed a passion for playing the oboe at a young age. However, when it came time to consider what to study in college, he knew he did not want to pursue a career as a performer. He was seeking a strong music school, at a top university, in a major city, and he wanted to pursue a career that involved music in some way. He found that the Frost School of Music was the perfect fit, because he could both continue to play the oboe as well as prepare for a career in the music business. While at Frost, John started his music business career by serving as a Production Director and DJ at WVUM, the university’s radio station, as well as interning with Onto Entertainment (the management company of The Lumineers), and The Cleveland Orchestra.


Michael Kovins, B.M. ‘70

Michael Kovins, B.M. ‘70Michael Kovins, B.M. '70, Frost School of Music’s 2006 Distinguished Alumnus award, is a University of Miami Frost School of Music graduate with a degree in business and music. He is best known as founding member and President/CEO of Korg USA. He oversaw the production of the Korg M1, the industry’s largest selling workstation, and he grew Korg to become one of the country’s largest suppliers of electronic musical instruments to retailers and major artists. Kovins was renowned as one of the leading and most impassioned voices in music retailing and music education.