About Instrumental Performance

 Stamps Brass Quintet class of 2020

The Frost School of Music’s Department of Instrumental Performance (MIP) has programs tailored to meet the needs and interests of students – like you – who aspire to performance careers. Graduates of these programs often pursue careers as symphony musicians, university professors, concert soloists, chamber musicians, or band/orchestra conductors. Many graduates pursue advanced study and graduate degrees for further career preparation.

As an instrumental performance major, you will focus on developing and honing your performance skills on a selected brass, percussion, string, or woodwind instrument with assistance from faculty who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers and performing musicians.

While the curriculum emphasizes technical and musical development, it also includes music theory, music history, literature and teaching methods. In addition, you will develop expertise in contemporary literature and chamber music performance.  All undergraduates are also immersed in the FROST School of Music’s Experiential Curriculum (dubbed by some as the FROST Method) that emphasizes learning music theory and pedagogy through doing, not lecturing.

In addition to piano study, students in the MIP Department are required to perform multiple student recitals, participate in chamber ensembles as well as major large ensembles such as the FROST Symphony Orchestra, the FROST Wind Ensemble, the FROST Symphonic Winds and/or others. Ensemble placement for woodwind, brass and percussion players is determined by the conducting and applied faculty following Student Ensemble Placement Auditions, click the button below for detailed information regarding audition material, procedures, and audition times.   All string players should contact your studio teachers for more audition details.

A highlight of of Chamber Music program is The Bergonzi String Quartet, which in residence and provides a model of excellence in performance and the teaching of chamber music.

In addition to ensembles and chamber music, weekly forums provide performance majors with informal performance opportunities, as well as master classes and performances by faculty and guest artists.

The Miami metropolitan area is home to the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, host to a number of resident companies including the Florida Grand Opera, the Miami City Ballet, and the New World Symphony. These, as well as numerous other professional ensembles, offer Frost School students a wide range of symphony orchestra, opera orchestra, chamber ensemble, and solo performance opportunities.

Department Chair:

Robert Carnochan

Program Directors:

Orchestral Conducting (Graduate only)
Thomas Sleeper

Band Conducting (Graduate only) 
Robert Carnochan

Brass 
Rick Todd

Guitar
Rafael Padron

Percussion
Svet Stoyanov

Strings
Ross Harbaugh

Woodwind
Margaret Donaghue

MIP Office Manager

Joanie Chalakani