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  • Addie Deppa

    Addie Deppa received both her Bachelor’s and Professional Studies degrees in music performance from Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland Ohio. Ms. Deppa is a certified Suzuki teacher and previously lived and taught in Cleveland Ohio for 5 years at private schools as well as El Sistema after school programs. She has been teaching in NYC for the past year at various schools both in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In addition to the violin and viola, she also teaches music theory. Dr. Suzuki’s quote “Beautiful tone, beautiful heart” has always been a cornerstone in her teaching. She believes children are so sensitive and once they are exposed to beauty, they will never forget and whatever they decide to do with their lives, they will always strive to make it beautiful!

  • Angela Kratchmer

    alexandra A native of Iowa, violist Angela Kratchmer maintains an international career as a teacher, performer, and arts administrator. Committed to socially-motivated artistic practice, Kratchmer was selected to join the Global Leaders Program as a member of the 2018 Cohort and recently completed a certificate in social justice, teaching artistry, cultural agency, and social entrepreneurship with teaching artist residencies in Chile, Paraguay, and Tanzania. 

    An avid student of chamber music, Kratchmer has participated in coachings and masterclasses of the Juilliard, Ying, Brentano, Parker, and Avalon string quartets, with additional instruction from eminent chamber musicians such as Colin Carr, Violaine Melancon, and Kim Kashkashian. Kratchmer has performed in the viola sections of the Symphony of the Americas, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Tri-City Opera, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Merced Symphony, Silicon Valley Philharmonic, and Symphony Napa Valley.  

    Before beginning graduate studies, Kratchmer was granted a fellowship with Orchestra Institute Napa Valley, a post-graduate program emphasizing performance, arts outreach, and professional development. As an OINV Fellow, Kratchmer was engaged in diverse teaching experiences, providing instruction in an El Sistema initiative, coaching the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, and developing curriculum for a Leonard Bernstein Artful Learning elementary school. 

    Since 2017, Kratchmer has served as the Artistic Administrator and Marketing Assistant for the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. 

    Kratchmer holds degrees from Luther College (BA '13), the Eastman School of Music (MM '16), and is currently pursuing a DMA at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami as a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow and Teaching Assistant to her teacher and mentor Jodi Levitz. Kratchmer's former teachers include Spencer Martin and Carol Rodland.

  • Amanda Bower

    amandaAmanda Bower is a junior at the Frost School of Music, studying Music Therapy with a double minor in Psychology and Creative American Music. Her principal instruments are contemporary guitar and voice, but she also loves songwriting, playing piano, and ukulele! Amanda is from Boynton Beach, Florida and is passionate about spreading the joy of music to people of all ages and abilities. She has led interactive music sessions in memory care and assisted living facilities throughout Palm Beach County and teaches music classes in summer camp and daycare settings for children. Amanda works with the Frost Preparatory Program assisting and leading Little Canes classes, as well as teaching piano lessons.

  • Andrea Caballero

    Operaworld Magazine describes Andrea Gonzalez Caballero as “the female voice of the Spanish guitar”. Andrea is a laureate of multiple prestigious international guitar competitions, receiving First Prize and Special Prize at the “XL International Competition F. Sor” (Rome), and First Prize at the “XIII Alhambra International Guitar Competition” (Valencia), of which she was the youngest guitarist to receive first prize.

     

    The BBC Music Magazine described her as one of today’s young rising stars of the classical guitar. Andrea has appeared at international festivals and concert series around the world. Recent highlights include performances at Palau de la Música in Barcelona, National Auditorium and Juan March Foundationin Madrid, as well as performances with Sinfonietta Ratingen and Neue Philharmonie Westfalen in Germany. Selected by the International Guitar Foundation of London to perform as a soloist in international music festivals such as the “London Guitar Festival”, she debuted in the UK offering concerts at venues like King’s Cross in London and Sage Gateshead in Newcastle.

     

    Andrea’s 2017 Naxos CD, which contains the premiere of new guitar compositions and pieces by composers like B.Britten, Albéniz or Tárrega was received with great acclaim: “This album is a delicate, elegant and majestic musical word…” obtaining the Golden Melomano distinction by Melomano Magazine.

     

    Andrea has been supported by “Alexander von Humboldt Foundation”, “DAAD” (German Academic Exchange Service), “AIE” (Society of Performing Artists of Spain) and “Provincial Council of Guipuzcoa” to study at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany), where she graduated with honors. Andrea has recently obtained a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University receiving the James Winship Lewis Memorial Prize.

     

    In her effort to promote and expand the classical guitar repertoire, Andrea has premiered pieces composed by Sergio Assad, Joaquín Clerch, Carlos Fernando López and Dustin Carlson among others. In addition, her most recent projects include the participation in the film "No Man's Land",co-composing and performing part of the soundtrack and therelease of the recording "EUSKARAZ" in collaboration with the composer and producer Carlos Fernando López , Grammy and Latin Grammy winner.

     

    Andrea is sponsored by Guitarras Alhambra y D’addario and co.

  • Angelica Sganga

    Angelica Sganga, Artistic Director and Scholarship Chair of the Coral Gables Music Club, is both a Concert Pianist and Professional Classical Ballerina with vast experience in the Performing Arts realm. Born in Caracas Venezuela from Italian and Spanish parents, she began taking piano lessons from her mother and her musical training at the Juan Jose Landaeta Music Conservatory, where she was awarded special entrance at the early age of four. At the age of nine, she won her first piano competition, placing first, on the National Venezuelan “Demusica Piano Competition”. In 1989 Angelica moved to Miami where she continued her musical studies with renowned teacher Peggy Neighbors Erwin. She graduated with honors from the New World School of the Arts where she studied on a full scholarship and received a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. She obtained her Master's Degree at FIU and Artist Diploma studies under the direction of Kemal Gekic. Angelica has received wide recognition for her numerous public performances and awards throughout the years. From winning the Concerto competition at both New World and FIU to being a soloist with professional local and international orchestras. She has performed abroad from the United States to South America, Europe, and as far as, the Beijing Conservatory, Shanghai Music Hall, and the Peking Opera School. In 2007 she joined the faculty at FIU as a staff accompanist and does a great number of collaborative piano performances with numerous local artists. In 2015 Angelica co-founded the Zapateado Duo with Canadian born cellist Marie Elaine Gagnon, a piano-cello duo devoted to promoting Latin and Spanish Music. Since then they have done several tours around the Mid Western States, Florida, and most recently were invited to be part of the LoKo Arts Festival at SUNY-Potsdam New York 2019, performing at Crane School of Music.

    Mrs. Sganga has committed the past years of her life to give back to her community, helping promote young talented musicians; organizing numerous events for the Coral Gables Jr Music Club, raising scholarship money, judging many local music competitions, giving lecture-recitals and masterclasses. Together with the Coral Gables Music Club board, she will continue her efforts to help build a stronger local musical community.

  • Arn Xu

    Arn finished his undergrad degree in Piano Performance from UM’s Frost School of Music and recently received his Masters of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Toronto.  Before that, he was a student at Frost Prep Program.  Arn has taught and performed throughout the US, Canada, and Italy, and is excited to return to Frost Prep as a teacher.  

  • Beiyao Ji

    Beiyao Ji is a pianist from Sichuan, China. He received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles in 2013. He continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received his Master of Music and Artist Diploma. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the Frost School of Music under the instruction of acclaimed pianist and teacher Kevin Kenner. Additionally, he serves as a full-time teaching assistant for the department of piano performance at Frost. Beiyao has received numerous accolades for his piano playing, including the opportunities to appear as a soloist with the Torrance Symphony orchestra, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra. Aside from performing, Beiyao has been teaching piano for six years and enjoys working with students from various levels. This is his second year teaching with the Frost Preparatory Program, and he looks forward to the opportunity to continue serving the community through his passion for music.

  • Benjamin Montgomery

    Benjamin Montgomery is a composer and theorist from Pennsylvania, USA. Writing for a diversity of vocal, instrumental, and electronic mediums, he avidly works closely with performers in the creation and realization of each work. He views the uniqueness and challenges of each piece as a personal journey to better understand human perception and beliefs. As an instructor, Benjamin’s pedagogy focuses on developing students’ curiosity and personal connection to the music. He aims to develop more complex individual understandings and interpretations by approaching music from a variety of different perspectives.

    His music has been programmed by ensembles and organizations such as Seraphic Fire, the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Electronic Music Festival, Duo Cortona, The NED Ensemble, Kaleidoscope MusArt, and the Skylark Vocal Ensemble. His work “Machine” for alto saxophone and fixed media has been released on RNM Music’s album “Electroacoustic & Beyond Vol. 4.” He has been in residence at festivals such as New Music on the Point, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.

    Benjamin holds a DMA in Composition from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and MM degrees in Composition and Music Theory from Michigan State University. He received a BM in Composition from Ithaca College (NY). He has studied with composers such as Charles N. Mason, Dorothy Hindman, Ricardo Lorenz, Jere Hutcheson, and Dana Wilson. More information can be found at www.BMontgomeryMusic.com.

  • Catalina von Wrangell

    A Miami-based composer, performer, and educator, Catalina von Wrangell specializes in wholesome musical and artistic experiences. She strongly believes in nurturing the next generation to have an appreciation for music and the arts and does this by remaining active as a teacher of music theory, composition, clarinet, and piano. She holds a doctorate in composition from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami where she has also been a part of the Experiential Music Curriculum teaching team for the past five years.

     

     

  • Daniel Arciniegas

    DanielDaniel Arciniegas is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Costa Rica. A recent graduate in music entrepreneurship at the Frost School of Music, Daniel served for 3 years as music director of Tufaan, UM’s award-winning multicultural fusion a cappella group, winning the title of national champions in 2019. He is also currently working on independently releasing his debut album, with songs all written, produced, and arranged by himself.
    Daniel has worked with Frost Prep since 2019, teaching contemporary voice, piano, theory, production, songwriting, and rock band ensembles.

  • Emiri Nourishirazi

    Emiri Nourishirazi started piano lessons at the age of seven with Russian-American pianist Irena Kofman. She has been the winner of numerous competitions at a young age. Participating in the International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition and Festival in the summer of 2015, she was the silver medalist in her category. She also had the honor of performing with the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra and Coral Gables Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her performance career, Emiri is an active teacher. She currently teaches at the Frost Preparatory Program, where she works with children of various ages. Emiri received her Bachelor's in Piano performance in 2016 at the University of Miami Frost School if Music, where she studied with Santiago Rodriguez. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's degree at the same school, studying with Kevin Kenner. Emiri is the piano fellowship recipient of the Henry Mancini Orchestra, an ensemble which she has recently performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

  • Eric Takes

    EricEric Eakes earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, Jodi Levitz. Eric graduated summa cum laude and his doctoral research culminated in a dissertation on contextual intonation and musical tuning systems. 

    Based in Miami, Florida, Eric enjoys an active and vibrant career as a performer, teacher, recording artist, and artistic content consultant. He has performed with internationally recognized artists and composers including John Williams, Quincy Jones, Estelle, Andrea Bocelli, Jorge Mejia, Ben Folds, Jon Secada, Garth Knox, Take 5, and Midori. Eric loves working as a recording artist and has recorded for multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy award winning albums.
    When he is not performing, Eric enjoys sharing his experiences with eager minds and helping students build the tools needed to achieve their artistic and career goals. He received his Unit 1 training in the Suzuki Method and plans to continue training in both violin and viola units. Additionally, Eric works as an artistic consultant for musicians and assists with topics such as recording professional quality audio, video, and branding.

  • Gene Paul Gayol

    Gene Paul Gayol is born and raised in Miami, Florida and has 15+ years of teaching experience in Miami and Los Angeles. He has recorded or performed with Latin Grammy & Platinum award-winning artists such as Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz & David Bisbal. He currently accompanies three-time Latin Grammy-winning singer Diego Torres. In 2018 Gene released an EP of original music Live at City of Progress Studio recorded under the name Gene Paul Band. 

     

     

  • Inesa Gegprifti

    Albanian-born pianist Inesa Gegprifti has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, U.S.A, and South America. Noted performances include appearances with the National Radio Television Orchestra of Albania and the Indian Hill Orchestra, chamber concerts in Italy, Slovenia, and Puerto Rico, as well as artist residencies at the “Vivace Vilnius International Summer Festival,” International Portogruaro Festival “A tempo,” the Conservatory of Cuenca, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Ecuador. Over the years, Dr. Gegprifti has pursued her piano studies under the guidance of Valbona Kasaj, Dario de Rosa, Maureen Jones, Alberto Miodini, Igor Cognolato, Max Levinson, Evelyne Brancart, Naoko Takao, and Santiago Rodriguez. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M.), she completed her D.M.A. at the Frost School of Music, UM. Dr. Gegprifti is one of the founding members of Kaleidoscope MusArt, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Miami, dedicated to bridging the gap between canonical classical music and rarely-heard or recently-composed works. Dr. Gegprifti is currently on the faculty of the Superior Academy of Music, the Frost Preparatory Program, and the Frost Young Musicians Camp, as well as the Keyboard Department at Frost School of Music Adjunct Lecturer. 

  • Jose Veliz

    Jose Veliz is an award-winning composer, performer, interactive artist, and technologist from Guatemala, currently based in South Florida. He has written musical compositions and arrangements for live performances, films, and other media projects, and has performed as a pianist and conductor in a variety of settings. One focus he’s had in recent years has been towards the development of interactive art experiences revolving around music and sound. His objective is to develop further engagement and understanding of unique musical genres by allowing audiences to be immersed and become a part of the music.

     

    Jose earned a Bachelor’s in Music Media Writing and Production at the University of Miami Frost School of Music with a certificate in Classical Piano Performance, and is currently earning a Master’s in Music Technology from Florida International University. He is a winner of various awards most notably a Knight New Work Winner and a Young Arts Winner.

  • Juan Gomez

    Juan Gomez is a Frost Prep group piano teacher who was formerly a piano student under the Frost Prep Program for 11 years. He has experience in teaching group piano as before he became a teacher, he was a volunteer teaching assistant for his last year as a Frost Prep student. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in music education and aspires to become a college music professor.

     

  • Katarzyna Cieślik

    Polish-born violinist Katarzyna Cieślik began her musical training at the age of 7 at the State Music School in Bialystok. Later she graduated from the Frederic Chopin University of Music with a Masters degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy. She was a member of the award-winning Podlaska Philharmonic Orchestra for over 20 years in which she played an average of 80 performances annually and toured through most of Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, and the U.S. (Carnegie Hall). During her years as an orchestra musician, she was often involved in educational outreach programs at local schools. She was also an active member of the Sotto Voce String Quartet until moving to South Florida in 2015 where her attention focused more intensively on teaching children. She has worked as a violin teacher at the Miami Fine Arts Academy and continues to work with children in local schools for Miami Music Project. As a certified teacher of Music Mind Games, she helps children learn the basic principles of music through games. She also utilizes the examination system of the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program.

  • Luca Cubisino

    Luca Cubisino is a polyhedral and versatile artist, whose path is paved with performance, teaching, and research. Prize winner in nearly twenty national and international piano competitions, Luca Cubisino has played in prestigious venues such as Teatro Massimo “V. Bellini” in Catania, Concertgebouw de Doelen in Rotterdam, Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Wertheim Concert Hall in Miami, and other venues in Bologna, Leipzig, New York, Austin, Atlanta, etc. His musicianship has benefited from lessons and master classes given by Antonella Scuderi, Flavio Meniconi, Franco Scala, Aquiles Delle Vigne, François-Joël Thiollier, Antonio Ballista, Choong-Mo Kang, Gerald Fauth, Bruno Canino, Enrico Pace, Anton Nel, Boris Slutsky, Marina Lomazov, and others. 

    Born in Italy, Luca Cubisino earned undergraduate (B.M.) and graduate (M.M.) degrees in his home country. Additionally, he earned two Master’s degrees at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Rotterdam and at Texas State University, where he was awarded the 2014 “Piano Achievement Award”. Recently, he has earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Keyboard Performance at the Frost School of Music, where he studied with Professors Tian Ying and Kevin Kenner and served as a Teaching Assistant. 

    Luca Cubisino collaborates with various musical organizations, including AmiCa in Sicily, of which he is the Artistic Director (amicafest.com), San Giacomo Festival in Bologna, which organizes almost two hundred concerts every year (sangiacomofestival.it), and Kaleidoscope MusArt in Miami, which focuses its activity mostly on contemporary classical music (kaleidoscopemusart.com). 

    Jury member in several piano competitions, Luca Cubisino has given masterclasses for Grumo Festival in Tesero (Italy) and for the Miami Conservatory of Music in Miami. He is also the 2016 winner of the Presser Award at the University of Miami for his project of publishing and recording Ottorino Respighi’s early piano works. 

    Currently, he teaches at the Preparatory Program of the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. 

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  • Mia Flora

    MiaMia Flora is a senior studying Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Sandra Lopez Neill. She worked as a private voice teacher over quarantine teaching classical voice and musical theatre for high school students. She’s performed all over the country and in Italy. One of her favorite memories was covering the Fairy Godmother from Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella). She loves working with kids and is excited to create music with Little Canes! 

  • Michelle Ameerally

    Michelle Ameerally is an accomplished singer, actor, dancer, educator, and entrepreneur. She is the President and Artistic Director of Broadway Kids Studio Inc. and holds a Bachelor of Music – Musical Theater from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Michelle has two decades of experience planning, designing, and implementing curriculum for traditional public and private schools. She has developed a world-class leading After School Program with an innovative performing arts curriculum inclusive of music, acting, dance, and vocal ensemble. Michelle is an Actors Equity Association candidate and has performed in multiple equity shows and tours. Additionally, Michelle is on the Board of Directors for Florida Children’s Performing Arts Foundation. Credits include A Chorus Line – Regional Tour (Diana Morales) Gypsy (Dainty June), King, and I (Topsy).

    Michelle’s student success stories include Mariangeli Collado, Emily Taylor Kaufman, Issie Swickle, and Sophia Carson. Mariangeli Collado started at BKS at the age of 7 and at age 12 was signed by Warner Music as a member of the all-girl pop group L2M. Emily Taylor Kaufman was selected by the Phil Collins “Little Dreamers Foundation” which fulfills the dreams of aspiring musicians, artists, and athletes.

    Issie Swickle, who has attended Broadway Kids Studio since the age of 5, was made the lead in the national Broadway tour of Annie at the age of 9. Sophia Carson, now age 26, honed her voice, acting and dancing with Michelle’s help and has gone on to appear as one of the main characters, Evie, in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Disney’s Descendants and was a guest star on the television series Austin & Ally to name just a few of her accomplishments.

  • Olivia Rich

    Olivia Rich is a master’s student at Frost, studying Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Jeanette Thompson. She is a classical soprano who also likes to sing musical theater and plays guitar and ukulele. She currently teaches voice lessons through the Shalala MusicReach Program. One of her most valuable and favorite experiences with the Frost School was studying opera and the German language with the Patti and Alan Herbert Salzburg College Program in Austria, for which she was a scholarship recipient. When she is in her home of Rhode Island, she works as a soprano section leader and soloist at Peace Dale Church and as various Disney princess characters for birthday parties and events. With Frost Opera Theater, she has sung the role of Franca Naccarelli in Guetell’s The Light in the Piazza and will perform as La Soeur Jumelle in Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphée in March 2021. She has found success in a number of competitions and festivals; most recently in the 2019-2020 season of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra Collegiate Vocal Competition.
    She adores working with children and is so excited to be making music with Little Canes!

  • Rexa Han

    Chinese-born American pianist, Rexa Han, has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. As a child prodigy, she made her hometown debut at the age of five. During her teenage years, she won important national competitions and played throughout China to enormous success. She attended the Central Conservatory in Beijing and was granted a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music in the United States. She graduated with the highest honors, winning the President’s Award as well as the coveted Munz Scholarship. In 2018, Rexa received full scholarship and a stipend to continue her Doctoral degree in Musical Arts at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

    As a concert pianist, Rexa has given solo recitals in Europe, Asia, and across the United States. She performed in various prestigious concerts and venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Center, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam Netherlands, Poly Theater in Beijing, and more. She was also invited to perform in music festivals such as International Piano Festival in Spain, the renowned International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, International Music Festival in Shanghai, China, InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy, Echos International Music Festival in Italy, and Palermo Classical Music Festival in Sicily, Italy. Rexa has frequently appeared on radio stations such as WQXR-the the most famous Classical Music Station in New York City, WWFM.org-Classical Network In New Jersey, WFMT.com in Chicago and as well as on Chinese Television. 

    In 2011, Rexa won First Prize in the 62nd Kosciuszko Chopin International Piano Competition in New York City. In 2012 she was awarded an “Extraordinary Ability” green card from the Government of the United States under recommendation by Van Cliburn. Rexa Han’s CD, “A Tribute To The Piano,” has been released on the Elmaleh Collection vec. 102 under the Concert Artist Guild and her upcoming CD, “Déjà vu,” will be released in Sicily under Palermo Classica. 

  • Rosa Villar-Córdova Scott

    Rosa Villar-Córdova Scott’s pursuit of expressive pianism has caused her to be noted as an artist of unique abilities. Since her debut with the National Orchestra of Peru at the age of twelve, her talents as a pianist and collaborator have brought her to stages across America, Europe, and South America. Especially of note are her performances as soloist with orchestras in both South America and the United States.

    The Peruvian-Spanish pianist has been an award recipient in many competitions. These include prizes in the Bradshaw & Buono International Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters (Florida Chapter), the Central Florida Symphony Concerto Competition, the NYU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Tutte le Corde (Music after 1950) among others in the United States. Also, in her native country of Perú, she has received recognition for her accomplishments by garnering first prize in the National Concerto Competition and receiving the Southern Perú Corporation Music Award.

    Rosa Scott performances as a soloist and chamber musician have given her the opportunity to appear in masterclasses and lectures given by world-renowned artists such as Vladimir Feldman, Mischa Dichter, John Perry, Arthur Pizarro, Glenn Dicterow, Daniel Epstein, Ursula Oppens, Donald Berman, Seymour Bernstein, Joaquin Achucarro, Mark Durand, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Ann Schein, Paul Posnak, Frank Cooper and Isaac Stern. She has also been awarded scholarships to participate in such noted music festivals as Marguess International Music Festival in Switzerland, the Gijón Festival in Spain, the International Institute for Young Musicians in Kansas City, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes School in New York.

    The pianist Elena Ichikawa at the National Conservatory of Music in Peru was Rosa's first teacher in her home city of Lima. After she moved to the United States she was given the opportunity to study with such celebrated teachers as Susan Starr, Roberta Rust, Kemal Gekic and Nina Svetlanova. She also spent two years in Italy studying with the French pianist Marylene Mouquet and the Italian pianist Sergio Perticaroli. While living there she was awarded a music grant by the province of Rome. Upon her return to New York, she received two scholarships from the Marion and Eubie Blake scholarship award and the Steinhardt department at NYU to continue her studies in piano performance with Professor Miyoko Lotto. She attended the Manhattan School of Music and New York University for her Master's degree and she was awarded a full scholarship to study with Dr. Jonathan Bass at The Boston Conservatory where she received a post-graduate diploma in performance. In 2010 she married brilliant pianist Marion Scott and moved to Miami where she studied under scholarship in the Artist Diploma program at the Frost School of Music with professor Tian-Ying. Together with her husband, she is co-director of the Miami Music Series in Palmetto Bay. Her students have received numerous awards and scholarships to major music programs in the nation. She is the Music Director at Holy Rosary - St. Richard Catholic Church and a faculty member at the University of Miami’s Frost Preparatory School of Music.

  • Sarah Huesman

    SarahSarah Huesman, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, recently completed her Artist Diploma from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Prior to being in Miami she received her Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with cello professor Alan Rafferty. During her time in Cincinnati she became a member of New Downbeat, a new music ensemble featuring women musicians that exclusively work with living composers. She is still performing with New Downbeat this year for their virtual season. Prior to living in Cincinnati, Sarah lived in Miami while receiving her Bachelor of Music from the Frost School of Music. She was cellist in the Stamps String Quartet and studied with professor Ross Harbaugh. Sarah enjoys making music in both small and large ensembles and has attended a variety of summer music programs including Texas Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Meadowmount, and the Castleman Quartet Program. Miss Huesman is excited to be back in Miami continuing her musical journey. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, baking sweet treats, and listening to her favorite podcast Crime Junkie.

  • Sheena Gutierrez

    sheenaSemi-finalist of the 2011 Sphinx Competition, Sheena Gutierrez, is one of Miami’s promising young talents. Critics and mentors have acclaimed Sheena for her “striking musicianship”, “lovely tone”, “love for music”, and her “sensitive interpretation of classical masterpieces.”

    In 2005, Sheena debut as a soloist with the Coral Gables Young Musician’s Orchestra. She also performed in the annual Superintendent’s Honors Music Festival for six consecutive years. These early successes paved the way to her performances in halls such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, New World Center, Adrienne Arsht Center, Harris Theater, Studzinski Hall, Benedict Music Tent, KKL Luzern Concert Hall (Switzerland), and König Albert Theater (Germany), among others.

    Sheena regularly travels to festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Lucerne Academy Festival (Switzerland), Moritzburg Festival Academy (Germany), Bowdoin International Music Festival (Maine), and the European Union Orchestra (Austria), among others. Other honors include a distinguished finalist in the 2008 Walenstein Competition, and an honorable mention in the 2011 Alexander and Buono International Competition.

    As an avid contemporary musician, Sheena has participated in the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, the Boston Conservatory New Music Festival, and the Boston New Music Initiative. She was also hand selected for 3 seasons, as one of the 130 highly gifted young musicians internationally, to travel to Lucerne, Switzerland and Paris, France to participate in the Lucerne Academy Festival founded by Pierre Boulez.

    Sheena also has a strong passion for string pedagogy. She recently just recorded a CD for The ABCs of Violin for the More Advanced, Book 4 with Janice Tucker Rhoda, author of the popular instruction series, the ABCs of Strings and Complete Technique, published by Carl Fischer Music.

    Along with Stepan Rudenko, pianist and husband, she has formed the Sotto Amore Duo in 2011 to inspire people with their love and passion for music. They are actively performing recitals around South Florida.

    She joined the Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra-compromised of Top Laureates of the Sphinx Competition- in 2011. This Fall, she will join them once again for their tour -celebrating Sphinx Organization’s 20th anniversary.

    Sheena was introduced to the violin at the age of 12 with Mariana Carreras, violinist from Havana, Cuba. She later studied with Thomas Moore, world-renowned Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the New World School of the Arts and Professor Emeritus of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. She completed her Bachelor degree at the Boston Conservatory of Music studying with Rictor Noren, and Master degree at the University of Miami studying with Charles Castleman and Scott Flavin. Most recently, Sheena finished her Doctorate degree as a Teaching Assistant to Charles Castleman at University of Miami. Her dissertation was on “Gender Bias Among the Big Five Orchestras - As Illustrated in Hiring Practices of Women Instrumentalists.” Sheena plays on a

    “Kemp” Guarnerius del Gesu violin Opus 809, made by Douglas Cox, violin maker in Brattleboro, Vermont through a Sphinx Music Organization loan.

  • Sofia Heyl

    Sofia Heyl is a senior studying Music Therapy at the Frost School of Music. She studies classical voice and has experience teaching children and teens contemporary and musical theatre voice styles as well as ukulele lessons. She is originally from Houston, Texas.

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  • Sydney Altbacker

    Sydney Altbacker is a junior Music Theory and Composition and Media Writing and Production double major at the Frost School of Music. She studies voice under Sandra Lopez-Neill and plays piano, guitar, and French horn on campus. She is a business manager and arranger of the University of Miami’s premier a cappella group, BisCaydence. In her summers, Sydney teaches elementary music at a Long Island day camp, private piano and voice lessons, and performs her own music locally.  Sydney has worked with the Frost Preparatory Program for 2 years accompanying Suzuki classes ranging from levels I-IV, Little Canes Music classes, and piano. 

     

     

  • Tiffany Zadi

    Tiffany Zadi began studying music at the age of three and started formal Suzuki piano lessons when she was four. She studied piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Music Business. She went on to study Copyright Law at New England School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate. Tiffany has taught piano through her private studio for over ten years, and now teaches group and private piano lessons for the Frost Preparatory Program.

  • Tingting Wu

    tingtingDescribed as "A very talented pianist" by the world-renowned pianist Gabriel Chodos, Tingting has won the 1st prize in the 10th Odin International Music Online Competition and the 2nd prizes in the 1st ProPiano International Competition and King’s Peak International Music Competition in 2020. Other prizes including the 1st prize of the Boston's Piano Honors Competition in 2015, and finalists in the New York Piano Competition in 2017, Triomphe de l’ Art International Music Competition 2020, and top 20 pianists in Neapolitan Music Competition in 2020.

    Besides the competitions, Tingting is more experienced in teaching piano for all ages. She obtained her first job in the New York City as a piano instructor at the age 22 right after her graduation from the New England Conservatory of Music (one of the top five music schools in the world) in 2016, and many of her students received the ABRSM the excellent level, which including one student Kelvin Lee received the extinction score 132 just in two months of the preparation. She believes that nothing is impossible in piano, and she would like to use the simplest method to lead students find their maximum potentials in piano and music.

    During the years 2017-2019, Tingting was designated as the Associate Instructor in Piano along with her master’s degree in piano with full scholarships by Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University to teach college level students in piano. Soon, she was also being hired by the preparatory school department of IU in 2018.

    Currently, Tingting is pursuing D.M.A degree in piano performance with the teaching assistant position in piano at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami with the world-renowned pianist Kevin Kenner.

  • Yudi Zhang

    Yudi Zhang started her study in piano performance at the age of 5. She went to The Affiliated High School of Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China for professional studies and received her Bachelor of Music at Tianjin Conservatory of Music with the first-place merit scholarship in 2017. Yudi continued her piano studies at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she obtained her Master of Music under the studios of the famous soloists Soyeon Kate Lee and Dror Biran in 2019. Now Yudi is pursuing her Doctoral degree in piano performance at the Frost school of music with Professor Tian Ying. In her time as an undergrad and master's, she successfully held her solo and chamber recitals and earned rich stage experiences from participating in concerts as both soloist and accompanist. She was honored to be the director of the department of academics of the student union to organize activities such as music tutoring and performance for professional students and non-major students. Yudi also had masterclasses with the Chinese-born Italian Pianist Jin Ju and Japanese Pianist Kyoko Hashimoto. 

    Besides Yudi's role as a professional student, she is also a passionate and patient piano teacher with more than six years of teaching experience.From the year 2020, Yudi joined the Frost Preparatory Program and had an enjoyable and unforgettable time with the Frost Prep family. Yudi enjoys teaching students of different ages and levelsand explores the art of piano teaching. She believes learning piano is not only a unique skill to show one's creativity but also a way to share one's joy and feelings from the heart.

  • Zoe Aurora

    zoeZoe Arora is a junior at the Frost Shool of Music, studying Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Her principle instrument is Contemporary Voice. She also enjoys playing the piano and guitar. Zoe has spent her summers working as a counselor at a summer camp where she teaches music during the day, and takes care of her assigned cabin at night. It's her first year working as an assistant and teacher for Little Canes Music Classes. She's excited to share her passion for music and it's healing abilities with the children in her classes!