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Frost-built alumni are some of the best and brightest in the industry. Graduates are changing the landscape in all music genres, as well as in music business, therapy, production, and engineering.

Alumna for Instrumental Performance

  • Laura Mazon M.M. in Instrumental Performance ‘18

    “Art is my perspective on life. Artistry for me means courage, spirituality, freedom. Consciousness, style, expression.”

    Laura has been featured as a Miami #LadyBoss for breaking the stereotypes and representing diversity in leadership, by VogageMIA magazine.
    Since the age of ten, Laura has been participating in masterclasses with some of the guitar industry’s biggest names: Leo Brower, Manuel Barruco, Victor Pellegrini, and more. Today, she thrives to break boundaries and expand audience diversity within the 21st-century classical guitar field.

Alumnus for Studio Music & Jazz

  • Dr. Frank Chadwych Bernstein B.M. in Jazz Performance/Instrumental ‘06

    Dr. Bernstein is currently serving his second term as a Governor on the Board of the Recording Academy. In 2008 Chad founded Guitars Over Guns, an organization aimed at creating bridges and empowering Miami’s most disenfranchised youth, now serving over 3,000 students across America.


    Chad was recently honored with the 2019 Ruth Shack Leadership Award by the Miami Foundation for a Greater Miami. He’s also been decorated with a Sapphire Award for Community Health from Florida Blue in 2018, has been featured on the Steve Harvey Show and People Magazine, and was named a CNN Hero (2015). Watch his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZHRUOjTfL8 

Alumna for for Media and Industry

  • Yvette Soler / “Tigrilla Gardenia” B.M. in Music Engineering ‘96

    “My Frost education is the solid foundation upon which I have developed my entire career. Frost provided the tools and knowledge to step into a number of roles from high-tech to entrepreneurship and the arts.”

    Gardenia’s cutting-edge research into plant neurobiology and cognition provides a glimpse into the audible world of interspecies musicians. She collaborates with universities and institutions around the globe, speaking on the healing effects of plant music in homes, hospitals, and the workplace. She regularly listens to music composed by plant musicians and offers plant music healing sessions.

Alumnus for Keyboard Performance

Alumni for the First Quarter 2019

Civil Air Patrol Lt Colonel of the United States Air Force, Bonnie Hinck-Baldatti (B.M. in Music Education ‘78), serves the Band of the Hour Association of Alumni and Friends (BOTHA) and has served on the Board of Directors for over 16 years.

She is currently the South Florida Aerospace Education Officer overseeing six Squadrons in Aerospace Education.

“My favorite part about going to Frost was learning how to hone my professional skills while actively using them. I was already working in my industry I would get booking contracts from talent agents, agreements from venues, sponsorship proposals, etc and be able to go over them in class with my professors and fellow students.” – Laura Surnick

 

Laura Sutnick “Laura of Miami" (M.M. in Arts Presenting ’12) gained professional momentum when she co-hosted the University of Miami radio station WVUM, which was deemed “The Best College Radio Station in the Country” by MTV.

Today, she pioneers the return of organic radio play, as co-founder of Klangbox.fm; replacing mathematical algorithms in song selection with knowledgeable people in front of a microphone.

Laura was called Miami New Times Best Female DJ in 2014, and Miami New Times Best DJ 2012.

“Frost gave me the space and mentorship to develop as a performer and as a teacher” – Brian Logan. 

 

An experienced musician, Brian Logan (D.M.A. in Instrumental Performance ‘18) has performed with the South Florida Symphony, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. 

Currently, Brian performs as Principal Euphonium and Utility Trombonist with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band stationed at Join Base Langley-Eustis.  

The level of musicianship of both my teachers and peers at UM was unparalleled. So much talent – it was a high bar to learn from and one I am so grateful to have had.” –Christy Crowl

 

Music Director and Bandleader for Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, Christianna Crowl (B.M. in Keyboard Performance ‘92 & M.M. in Media Writing and Production ‘95), launched an online mentorship program for aspiring musicians called “Musician to Music-preneur”; all while serving as Musical Director at the prestigious Stagedoor Manor Training Center and Project Change’s Youth Leadership Initiative.

From 2017-2018, she performed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and keyboards for Englebert Humperdinck’s The Man I Want to Be Tour.