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D.M.A. Students

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  • Dmytro Gnativ

    Dmytro Gnativ studied at the Lviv National Music Academy with Andriy Karpyak, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2015. During his studies Mr. Gnativ was coached by many renowned flute players including Samuel Coles, Aldo Baerten, Jennifer Grim, Henrik Svitzer, Pierre-Yves Artaud, and Paul Walberg. Mr. Gnativ also came in second place with his flute quartet at the 2013 V. Starchenko International Competition in Rivne. This led to the position of second/piccolo flute in the Khmelnytsky Philharmonic Orchestra, a position in the Khmelnytsky Band Orchestra, and to a teaching position at the private music school "Preludia."

    In 2017 Dmytro was invited to study at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas under the mentoring of Dr. Jennifer Grim. Winner of the concerto competition at UNLV (2018). In Spring 2020 Mr. Gnativ graduated with an Artist Diploma degree from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, where he will be pursuing his DMA degree starting Fall 2020.

  • Mafer Guglielmina

    Peruvian Flutist Mafer Guglielmina is a versatile performer and educator. As a soloist, she has performed as a featured concerto winner with the Frost Wind Ensemble, the Penn State Chamber Orchestra, the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. She has also won top prizes in solo competitions internationally, most recently receiving Silver Medal in the Berliner International Music Competition, Peru’s Concurso Internacional de Flautistas, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition (Pennsylvania), White Lake Young Artist Competition (Michigan), and Wisconsin Flute Festival Collegiate and Young Artist competitions. As an orchestral flutist and chamber musician, she has recently performed and subbed with the New World Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Naples Festival Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Penn’s Woods Music Festival and is the flutist of a local newly-formed woodwind quintet, Sunset Winds. Mafer is currently pursuing a D.MA. under Jennifer Grim at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where she is a Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program TA and a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow. She is also an Adjunct Flute Instructor at Westminster Christian School in Palmetto Bay and teaches private flute lessons in the Miami area. She has an M.M. degree from The Pennsylvania State University and B.M. from Western Michigan University.

     

  • Cameron Cullen

    A UK national, Cameron’s performing career has taken him to Europe and the USA, including performances at both the Royal Albert and Carnegie Halls. During his time in America he has played extensively with the Yale Philharmonia, and appeared more recently with the Orchestra of St Luke’s in New York.

    Cameron began his music education at the Royal Welsh college of Music and Drama where his primary mentor switched from Paul Edmund-Davies to Roger Armstrong and Jonathan Burgess. He later earned two Master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music, taught by Ransom Wilson, whose Lifetime Achievement Award tribute concert at the 2022 NFA Convention featured Cameron twice. While at Yale, he developed his passion for new music by co-founding the student-led contemporary collective Versicolor.

    As an educator, Cameron has served with the faculty of the renowned music-specialist Wells Cathedral School in England; has taught undergraduate flute lessons at Yale where his student won the University’s concerto competition; and is now a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Jennifer Grim’s flute studio at the Frost School in Miami, where he is pursuing his DMA degree in flute performance.

  • Mark Alvarez

    Mark Alvarez is originally from Oklahoma City, OK and now lives in South Miami, FL. Marcos holds a Bachelors degree from Oklahoma State University, Greenwood School of Music, in Music Performance (2018); two years of study at the University of New Mexico where he intended to get a Masters in Multiple Woodwind Performance (2018-2020); a Masters in Multiple Woodwind Performance from Oklahoma City University, Wanda L. Bass School of Music (2022), and is now on track to obtain a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Multiple Woodwind Performance from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music (2025*).

     While at OSU, his primary teachers included Dr. Virginia Broffitt Kunzer (flute), Celeste Johnson Frehner (oboe), Melissa Bosma (oboe), Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert (saxophone), Babette Belter (clarinet), and Dr. Tommy Poole (jazz studies/saxophone). 

     His principal teachers while at UNM included Dr. Kevin Vigneau (oboe), Valerie Potter (flute), Denise Reig Turner (bassoon), Keith Lemmons (clarinet), and Dr. Eric Lau (saxophone).

    At OKCU, his primary teachers were Parthena Owens (flute), Dr. Lisa Kachouee (clarinet), Dr. Michael Davis (saxophone), Dr. Joseph Wenda (oboe) and Dr. Anna Resnick Henson (bassoon)

    Currently, Mark's primary teachers include Dr. Jennifer Grim (flute), Dr. Margaret Donaghue (clarinet), Robert Weiner (oboe), Dale Underwood (saxophone), and Gabriel Beavers (bassoon).

    An avid performer, Mark was very involved in many ensembles while at OSU. From the Concert Bands and Orchestra, to the Jazz Bands and chamber ensembles, he stayed quite active holding positions such as, principal oboe, principal bassoon, piccoloist, flutist, and english hornist for the Symphony Orchestra; principal flute, principal oboe, and piccoloist for the Symphonic Band; principal bassoon and principal oboe of the Concert Band; flutist, oboist, english hornist, clarinetist, contrabass clarinetist, bassoonist, contra bassoonist, and tenor saxophonist for the Wind Ensemble; lead alto in the Jazz Ensemble; alto and tenor saxophonist in the Jazz Orchestra; flutist in the Colors of the Wind Woodwind quintet, english hornist for the oboe trio, bassoonist in the double reed quartet, alto flutist in the flute quintet, and tenor saxophonist in the large saxophone ensemble.

    At the University of New Mexico, Mark has held positions such as co- principal flutist, co-principal oboist, and clarinetist in the Wind Symphony; flutist, piccoloist, co-principal oboist, english hornist, and clarinetist in the Symphony Orchestra; alto, tenor, and baritone saxophonist in the Saxophone Choir; baritone saxophonist in the Graduate Saxophone Quartet Del Phinidae; and flutist, piccoloist, oboist, clarinetist, bass clarinetist, and contra bassoonist in the New Music Ensemble.

    While at OKCU, Mark held positions such princpal flutist, principal oboist, principal clarinetist, and principal bassoonist for the Symphony Orchestra; principal oboist, clarinetist, saxophonist, and bassoonist for the Wind Ensemble; and principal clarinetist, principal flutist, english hornist, and saxophonist for the Symphonic Band. Mark also held the Lead Alto spot for the Jazz Ensemble.

    Mark has also held positions outside of school such as his  appointment as the Second oboe for the San Juan Symphony based out of Durango Colorado and Farmington New Mexico; reed doubler with Musical Theatre Southwest, based in Albuquerque, NM; reed doubler with Landmark Theatre, based in Albuquerque, NM; substitute oboist with the New Mexico Philharmonic and the Santa Fe Symphony; substitute clarinetist with the New Mexico Philharmonic; substitute Reed 1 with the Broadway Tour of Mean Girls with Popejoy presents in Albuquerque, NM; was principal flutist for the Opera Maya International Music Festival in both the orchestra and opera orchestra in 2016 in Cancun, Mexico; Flute Fellow for the Hot Springs Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2021; guest principal bassoonist with several chamber orchestras in Albuquerque NM, and principal oboist and reed doubler in the College Light Opera Company 2018 Season in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

M.M. Students

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  • Cierra Hall

    Cierra Hall began studying classical music at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music. Currently, she is pursuing her graduate studies at the University of Miami, where she has a full-tuition scholarship.

    During her high school years, she was a featured soloist with several ensembles at the Baltimore School for the Arts. As a member of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, she has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Cierra also received the Patapsco River Maryland Women in the Arts Award.

    In New York City, Cierra served as principal flutist of the Grammy-nominated New York Youth Symphony and performed a variety of orchestral repertoire at Carnegie Hall. In 2020, she was the recipient of the Vetter -Vargas/Ukena fellowship, which awarded her $5,000 toward her musical studies. At Manhattan School of Music, Cierra’s wind quintet was a selected winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition.

    At the University of Miami, Cierra is a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow giving her the opportunity to perform works from genres including jazz, classical, and pop. As an orchestral musician, Cierra has performed with Symphonia Boca Raton. She has attended Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Kent Blossom Music Festival.

    This past summer, Cierra attended Festival Napa Valley. In the past, she has performed in masterclasses for Demarre McGill, Nadine Asin, Amy Porter, and Ransom Wilson. In 2022, Cierra received an honorable mention for the Pierians Young Arts Award.

    Aside from performing, Cierra is a dedicated music teacher. She is a teaching artist for Miami Music Project, which is designed to bring music to children from underserved communities.

  • Julia Carey

    Julia Carey is a first-year student in the master’s of flute performance program at the Frost School of Music, studying with Jennifer Grim. Originally from New Jersey, Julia received both a Bachelor’s of Music Education and Bachelor’s of Music Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Wells School of Music, where she studied with Kimberly Reighley and Frances Tate. At WCU, Julia served as the principal flutist of the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, and Symphony Orchestra for most of her undergraduate career. 

    As an accomplished flutist, Julia has won prizes in various competitions, including Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) Young Artist and Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia’s Collegiate Artist and Young Artist. Julia is also a founding member of the Pennsylvania Chamber Winds, a dectet focused on performing music by underrepresented composers and educational outreach in the southeastern Pennsylvania school districts. 

    Julia is currently the Career Education Graduate Assistant at the University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center where she is currently trying to create career readiness resources to help Frost students excel post-graduation. Outside of her studies, Julia enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing with her cats.

B.M. Students

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  • Megan Asbrand

    Megan Asbrand is a sophomore from Blacksburg, Virginia majoring in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. She played with the Frost Symphonic Winds and the Flute Ensemble in her first year at Frost and looks forward to continuing her participation in these ensembles as well as joining Bella Voce choir in the fall. Outside of her studies, Megan is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota women's music fraternity and Alpha Mu Music Therapy Club, and she also volunteers with Miami Jam Sessions. Megan is grateful to be able to focus on both her music therapy studies as well as studying flute at such a high level in the supportive and challenging environment of the Frost Flute Studio.

  • Christopher Enriques

    Christopher Enriques is majoring in Music Education. From Norwalk, CT, Enriques attended P-TECH Norwalk. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Jayna Deeb

    From Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jayna Deeb started playing flute when she was in the middle school band. Throughout her time at Governor’s School for the Arts, she quickly developed a passion for orchestral and chamber music. She also was a part of her high school’s marching band for five years and had major roles on the student leadership team. Besides music, she loves traveling, working with kids, and editing videos.

     

     

     

  • Rafael Mendez

    Born in Barahona, Dominican Republic, Rafael Méndez made his intermediate studies with Alaima Gonzalez, principal flute at the National Symphony Orchestra, at the National Conservatory of Music. He has performed as first flute and piccolo at the Dominican Wind Orchestra where he played as a soloist in 2016, the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he participated in the Young Euro Classic Festival 2019, and the Conservatory's Orchestra. He traveled to Lucknow, India to participate in a concert representing the Dominican Republic. He also participated in the Galway Flute Festival 2019 and was awarded a new Gemeinhardt Flute. He has been invited to play piccolo with the National Symphony Orchestra several times, with which he recently performed Mahler's Symphony No. 2. Also, he has performed at festivals and important events, in places such as the National Palace, with other various orchestras of the country, and with the Flautístico Nymph Project flute ensemble.

  • AJ Meyer

    AJ Meyer is from Boynton Beach, Florida, and is majoring in flute performance in the Frost Flute Studio. He is currently the flutist of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet of 2023.

    Before arriving at Frost, he studied privately with Kim Calvi and Nestor Torres. He has placed the first chair in 3 different FMEA All-State Ensembles, and also participated in the Killington Music Festival. Since arriving at Frost, he has played in masterclasses for Karl-Heinz Schütz and, as part of the Stamps Wind Quintet, for the USAF Reed Quintet.

     

  • Abigail Peel

    Abigail Peel was born into a musical family, and although she started piano lessons at a young age, she discovered her love for the flute when she was 10 years old. Abigail has studied the flute with Catherine Gregory and Dr. Jane Bent. During high school, Abigail was the principal flutist in the Lawrence Community Music School’s Wind Ensemble and won the Young Artist Festival Concerto Competition. Abigail has also competed in various piano competitions as well as the NCFCA National Speech and Debate Competition with her speech titled The Benefits of Music. She has attended the Decoda Summer Music Festival where she learned about creating interactive musical performances. Abigail regularly accompanies at her church on both the flute and piano. When Abigail is not playing the flute, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, biking, and skiing. 

  • Sarah Teubner

    Sarah Teubner is a rising sophomore flute performance major in the Frost Flute Studio. She’s from Kings Park, New York, where she was an active member of the Kings Park Music Department. She was also part of the NYSSMA All-State Conference, where she was the first flute in the Symphonic band under the direction of Cynthia Johnston Turner. Her senior year of high school she was the principal flute of the Long Island Youth Orchestra. During the summer, she spent time at the Oyster Bay Music Festival and was also part of the New York State Summer School of the Arts, School of Orchestral studies under the direction of Bruce Kiesling and Cayla Bellamy. She is also honored to have participated in masterclasses with notable flutists such as James Galway. After she graduates from Frost, she plans to pursue a Masters's in flute performance and get closer to achieving her lifelong goal of becoming an orchestral musician.

  • Emma Terlizzi

    Emma Terlizzi is from Niantic, Connecticut, and is pursuing a major in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Before attending Frost, Emma participated in Hartt Preparatory Academy at the Hartt School of Music, where she studied under Allison Hughes. During her first year here, she has played with Flute Ensemble, is a member of the Alpha Mu Music Therapy Club, and volunteers with Miami Jam Sessions. Emma is grateful and honored to be part of such a welcoming and talented studio.

     

     

  • Rodrigo Rodriguez

    A native of Venezuela, Rodrigo Rodriguez is a flutist and recent graduate of the Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee, Florida. He has participated in the Florida Music Education Association’s All-state ensembles since 2019. He appeared in Carnegie Hall with OCSA’s Symphony Orchestra as principal flute. He took part in the YOLA National Festival, participating in chamber music and the symphony orchestra. Rodrigo collaborated with flute professor Jennifer Grim, and worked under the batons of Roderick Cox and Gustavo Dudamel, ending the program with a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. He appeared on NPR’s From the Top, and was awarded their Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a $10,000 scholarship that enabled him to purchase a new high-quality flute. For the past two summers, Rodrigo has had the incredible opportunity of participating in the National Youth Orchestra 2. He currently serves as principal at Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras’ Symphonic Orchestra. Rodrigo was also selected as a finalist for the National YoungArts Competition in the classical music discipline. When not making music, Rodrigo enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and loves traditional Venezuelan food.

  • Ben Novotny

    Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  Ben Novotny is a freshman in the Frost Flute Studio, studying Music Performance.  He is a student of Jennifer Steele and Rhian Kenny of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as a piano student of Victoria and Helen Reusch. Throughout his secondary years, Ben played with the Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra, Three Rivers Young Peoples’ Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. An avid piccolo player, he has served as the Principal Piccoloist for the PMEA All-State Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Side-by-Side. An amateur woodwind doubler, Ben can also be found in the musical pit! Other highlights include masterclass performances for Alison Fierst, Lorna McGhee and Amal Gochenour, among others. In the future, he hopes to play in a military band. When not playing music, Ben can be found studying history, staying active, and traveling.

  • Isabel Bu

    Isabel Bu is majoring in flute performance, and is from San Francisco, California. She attended San Francisco High School of the Arts, where she took dance, art, and music classes from a young age in their Young Artists Program, and discovered her love for the flute in high school. She received second place in the Silicon Valley Music Competition (high school woodwind division) and a Special Merit Award from the Bay Area Creative Foundation. She also attended various summer music festivals including the Interlochen Flute Intensive and New England Conservatory Summer Orchestra Institute.