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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 Music Theory and Composition

  • Deborah De La Torre, B.M. ‘91


    “Frost left an indelible mark on my musical formation which remains with me to this day.”
     
    The award-winning musician holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Frost School of Music, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Regis University. Her passion for music has led to her work as a pianist, music composer/arranger, instructor, performer, art festival founder, film producer, and recording artist/producer.
     
    She has taught and performed in the U.S. and internationally, and founded several arts and culture nonprofit organizations, including an international Latina/o art and film festival, which grew to a ten-day event with over 3,000 attendees. Deborah produced a documentary dealing with immigration and human rights, and her compositions are published by Orbis Books and DLT Press. She has served in senior leadership capacities in creative organizations (art festival, museum, film, music organizations, etc.) and as a judge in national, community, film, art and music events.
     
    The recipient of numerous business and civic awards for her dedication and service to the furtherance of arts in the community, Deborah now performs her own compositions under the name of “La Cocodrila” (the lady crocodile) and her 2018 album, “¡Coño! (But With A Swing)” continues to enjoy international critical acclaim. Deborah currently teaches at DIME-Denver, a commercial music program affiliated with and accredited through Metropolitan State University Denver.

Alumna for Music Education

  • Kathryn Evans, Ph.D. ‘12

    “I chose to study at the Frost School of Music because of the excellent reputation of the music education faculty and the opportunity to teach several classes as a University of Miami Fellow. The combination of education, mentorship, and experience teaching in higher education prepared me for a successful career in music teacher education.”
     
    Kathryn L. Evans, Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Education Graduate Program Director at Towson University, is a specialist in choral and general music education.  Dr. Evans earned a Ph.D. in music education at the University of Miami, where she was the recipient of the prestigious University of Miami Fellowship.  She received Master of Music degrees in both music education and choral conducting, as well as the Bachelor of Music Education degree, from Central Michigan University.  
     
    Prior to joining the faculty of Towson University, she taught kindergarten through twelfth grade general music and choir in northern Michigan.  An active clinician, conductor, adjudicator, and researcher, Dr. Evans has worked with honor choirs, served as a frequent adjudicator for choral assessments, and has presented at teacher in-services and conferences across the United States and internationally.  She is the Past President of the Maryland Society for Music Teacher Education and currently serves on the board of the Maryland Choral Educators Association as University Representative.

Alumnus for Music Business & Entertainment Industries

  • Keith Washo, M.M. ‘00

    “Frost School of Music as one of the only schools in the country that had a masters in music business and entertainment industry. I decided to study that major because I had an interest as a songwriter and musician to work in the music industry and this degree provided the best opportunity to learn about the industry.”
     
    Keith Washo lives in Raleigh, NC where for the last two decades has worked in sales & marketing for leading technology companies in Silicon Valley like Creative Labs, SanDisk, and Qualcomm. In addition, leadership roles at consumer electronic startups like Bigfoot Networks and Adaptive Sound Technologies.
     
    Washo is also an entrepreneur founding consumer products company Purebuds Earphones and Producer of The Love Show. Currently VP of Sales and Business Development with networking tech company out of Silicon Valley, Vimana.io. An active member of RTP Capital as an angel investor and founding partner of Startup Summit providing monthly events and conferences to support entrepreneurs: StartupSummitNC.com
     
    Washo is a guest lecturer at Duke University teaching marketing, sales, leadership, and business management. Plus guest speaker at NC STATE with the American Marketing Association
    program. He is an active member of Toastmasters International and an award-winning contest speaker and author of the books," The Heart Of Success," sharing wisdom on growing your professional and personal life the right way and "Good Things Come From Hard Times," sharing advice on overcoming adversity.
     
    Washo holds an Executive MBA from Saint Mary's College of California, A Master's in Music Business & Entertainment Industries from University of Miami, and a B.A. In Broadcasting & Music from the State University of New York at Oswego. Most recently completed Duke University executive program for "Communication Leadership," leadership series at NC State with "Influencing Without Authority," and "Professional Presence" program at UNC Chapel Hill.

Alumnus for Studio Music and Jazz

  • Matthew White, M.M ’06, D.M.A. ‘11

    “Frost has a unique blend of academic and professional experiences available to students. That, along with the vibrant student community I built relationships with, have been great in the development of my career.”
     
    Trumpeter, Composer, and Educator Dr. Matthew White is currently an Associate Professor of Music and coordinates the commercial music and music technology programs at Coastal Carolina University. He was previously a first call freelance and session musician in Nashville and Miami. He holds degrees from the University of North Florida and The University of Miami and has appeared on numerous albums, radio broadcasts, and television shows, performing with: Bob Mintzer, Jeff Coffin, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Liebman, Rihanna, Oscar DeLeon, Brian Setzer, the Mavericks, Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten, Becca Stevens, and various other artists, ensembles, symphonies, and big bands.
     
    In 2019, Matt was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition. He was a keynote speaker at the 2017 National Association of Leadership Educators Conference. He is a member of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and manages the Wheelwright Recording Studio at CCU.
     
    Matt has released three albums as a leader. The Super Villain Jazz Band and Worlds Wide both received 4-star reviews in Downbeat Magazine and made the “Best of” yearly lists. Matt wrote, tracked, engineered, and produced his latest album, The Trumpet.
     
    Matt is a Bach Trumpet and Patrick Mouthpiece performing artist.

Alumni for the Second Quarter 2019

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

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

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

“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,” said Yvette Soler / “Tigrilla Gardenia,” B.M. in Music Engineering ‘9.

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.

Masafumi Nakatani, D.M.A. Keyboard Performance and Pedagogy ‘17, was recently a featured on Japan's NHK-FM in an exclusive interview and performance, where he performed works by Mompou, Szymanowski, Enescu, and Lecuona. The story aired on February 17, 2019.

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.