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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.

  • Maria Guglielmina

    Maria Guglielmina is an accomplished flutist and educator. She has won top prizes in competitions nationally and internationally, including the Berliner International Music Competition, Peru’s Concurso Internacional de Jóvenes Flautistas, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition, Wisconsin Flute Festival Collegiate/Young Artist Competitions and the White Lake Young Artist Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, and Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. She will perform Nielsen’s Flute Concerto with the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra in their 2019-2020 season. She received a Master of Music from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.M. from Western Michigan University. This fall, she will be pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami studying with Jennifer Grim. Her previous teachers include Naomi Seidman, Martha Councell-Vargas, and Danielle Breisach.

  • Yana Zixuan Yan

    Yana, originally from China, is a second-year DMA student at the University of Miami under Dr. Jennifer Grim. Yana received a master’s degree in Flute Performance from the University of Minnesota, twin cities, where she studied under Immanuel Davis, as well as an Artist Diploma under Janet Arms at the University of Hartford. She has been invited to perform as a soloist in the Thursday Morning Artist Series at the MacPhail Center and in chamber ensemble at the Eric Carle Museum in Connecticut. In the past, she has spent her summers traveling to various festivals including the PRISMA music festival in Canada and the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival in Wisconsin.

    As a soloist, she was an award winner of the UNLV Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2018. In addition, Yana was rewarded as an honorable mention at the Schubert Club Competition in 2017. Yana is honored and excited to serve as a graduate teaching assistant in the Frost flute studio. Aside from music, Yana also enjoys baking and traveling.

  • Brendon M. Wilkins

    Brendon M. Wilkins is a multi-instrumentalist performer and educator who is involved in both classical and jazz woodwind performance. In 2018, Brendon was selected as one of five flutists to perform in the North Texas Wind Symphony. Brendon spent two years as the baritone saxophonist of the GRAMMY®-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band. In 2016, Brendon was selected to play alto saxophone and piccolo in the Disneyland All-American College Band. Brendon was named a winner of the 2015 National Flute Association Jazz Flute Masterclass Competition and was also selected as a featured soloist in the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band. Brendon is currently an Advising Member for the National Flute Association's Jazz Flute Committee.

    Brendon has studied flute with Jennifer Grim, Mary Karen Clardy, and Elizabeth McNutt; jazz with Brad Leali, Alex Fraile, Mike Steinel, Chris McGuire, and Fred Hamilton; clarinet with Margaret Donaghue, Deborah Fabian, and Connor O'Meara; saxophone with Eric Nestler; bassoon with Gabriel Beavers, Kathleen Reynolds, and Jorge Cruz; and oboe with James Ryon.

M.M. Students

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  • Hassik Vasquez

    Hassik Vasquez was born in Cartagena, Colombia. He began his musical studies at the age of 11 years old at Comfenalco Cartagena Music School where he was a member of Comfenalco Youth Orchestra, Comfenalco Big Band, and Charanga Comfenalco ensembles. In 2012, he played at the IV Cartagena de Indias Voces del Jazz Festival.

    ​In 2013, He was awarded academic and music scholarships by the Northwestern State University of Louisiana that allowed him to travel to the United States to continue his music studies in flute performance with Dr. Dennette Derbisova McDermott. While studying, Hassik was selected to participate at the 14th annual McCutcheon Honors Recital based on an outstanding jury performance. In 2018, Hassik was chosen winner of the 2018 Concerto Aria Competition at NSU where he performed the “Fantaisie brillante sur Carmen” as a soloist for the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. ​Hassik has participated in several master classes with different important musicians around the world, among them include Susan Milan, Francesca Canali, Andrea Griminelli, Jean Ferradis, Emily Butterfield, and Brian Luce. ​Hassik is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Flute Performance at Frost School Music at the University of Miami under the guidance of renowned Dr. Jennifer Grim. He also holds a Teaching Assistantship for the Experiential Music Program at the same institution.

  • Lily Zishu Xie

    Lily Zishu Xie, was born in an artist family in Shenzhen, China. At age 15, she became the principal flutist of China Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, awarded with highly valuable scholarships, Xie was admitted to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied under Alexa Still. In 2019, Xie was admitted to the Master Program of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami with a full scholarship, studying under Dr. Jennifer Grim. In July 2017, as the principal flutist, Xie performed with the National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China) in Carnegie Hall in New York City.

    In October 2013, Xie won the First Prize of the "Nanning International Flute Competition" in solo flute division and chamber music division in China. In April 2012, Xie won the First Prize of "The Seventh International Competitions of Young Musicians" in Vladivostok, Russia. On June 16th, 2012, Xie was chosen to be the only flutist performed on the Honors Recital of the "Famous Russian Musicians' Master-Class Series" recommended by the Russian Federal Ministry. Xie has also worked with many world-famous flutists, such as Peter-Lukas Graf, Wierzbinski Antoni, Pierre-Yves Artaud, James Galway, and Bonita Boyd. Also as a pianist and a conductor, Xie performed on countless stages around the world with many eminent musicians including Lang Lang, Ludovic Morlot, and Yuja Wang.

B.M. Students

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  • Anna Kevelson

    Majoring in instrumental performance at the Frost School of Music, Anna Kevelson is a rising senior who is eager to combine her passions for flute playing and administration. She desires to put forth her immense enthusiasm, love of people, and deep connection to the arts with the goal of enhancing future musical experiences for those surrounding her. In the summer of 2019, Anna held the Academic Services Intern position at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA, where she assisted academic programming needs. She currently serves as an assistant in the Frost Symphony Orchestra Library and has also worked as the Administration Intern at the Palm Beach Opera Company. Anna is deeply engaged in her flute playing; she is passionate about challenging and expanding her skill set. She thrives in an ensemble setting and enjoys collaborating with others. Additionally, Anna enjoys teaching several private students in the Miami area. When she is not focused on music, Anna loves to spend time outdoors with her two dogs, Ollie and Emmie.

  • Aaron Rib

    Aaron Rib is a fourth-year Instrumental Performance major. Aaron previously studied with Professor Trudy Kane, former principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, prior to her retirement from Frost. Other important teachers and mentors include Amy Porter, Dilshad Posnock, and Carmen Bannon.

    At Frost, Aaron has played with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Ibis (Frost’s new music ensemble), Artemisia Piano Sextet, and the Baroque Chamber Players. An aspiring orchestral flutist, Aaron has spent two summers at the Brevard Music Center and was an accepted fellow at the 2020 Round Top Festival Institute prior to its summer cancellation. He is a 2020 NFA Orchestral Audition Competition finalist, 2020 Big Arts 1st prize recipient, 2018 New World Symphony semi-finalist, and a featured performer on WQXR’S 2019 Young Artists Showcase recorded at Brevard College. Outside of flute-playing, Aaron enjoys hammocking with his studio mates, searching for new vegan recipes, and bothering his dogs.

  • Anjali Shinde

    Anjali Shinde is a senior from Orlando, Florida. She has an interest in both the world of orchestral music and popular and folk music, spending time in classically-based ensembles as well as her folk ensemble, Everwild. Folk music plays a large role in her classical life as well; she is particularly enamored with solo works with roots in folk melodies such as the Taktakishvili, Martinu, and Schulhoff Sonatas. She has studied with Trudy Kane, Bonita Boyd, Aaron Goldman, Linda Toote, Jim Walker, and James Galway, and has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Aria Academy. She was an active member of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years, concluding her membership by playing an integral part in receiving second place in the 2017 Summa Cum Laude youth music festival. Additionally, she performed the Chaminade Concertino with the FSYO Philharmonia Orchestra as an alumna in 2018. Outside of flute endeavors, she loves to bake, cook, and create various works within the fiber and visual arts such as embroidery, knitting, painting, sewing.

  • Saika Li

    Saika Li is a junior from Urumqi, China doubles majoring in Music Business and Political science. Active in the entertainment industry, in 2018, she was an intern for the Program Director at China Central Television (a national television station of the People's Republic of China). During her internship, she produced 10 television programs. In addition, she also was a producer intern at the Hunan broadcasting system (China's most famous entertainment television station) in 2017. She has also worked with several student organizations. As an entertainment department chair of the University of Miami Chinese student association, she overall planned Mid-Autumn Festival Gala, etc. With a passion for public welfare, she helped find supplies and coordinated communication with transportation and hospitals in support of Wuhan during the initial stages of the coronavirus outbreak. She started playing the flute when she was 10 years old and loves traditional Chinese music and culture.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • Charlotte Strohl

    Charlotte Strohl is from Jupiter, Florida. She is an undergraduate Instrumental Performance major at the Frost School of Music. Charlotte has been playing the flute since she was 9 years old and she always knew that she wanted to major in music. She has studied with Miss Amy Clark, Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish, and is now studying with the wonderful Dr. Jennifer Grim. When Charlotte was in high school she performed with the Florida All-State bands and orchestra on both the flute and piccolo. Charlotte has performed side-by-side with the New World Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. She has participated in masterclasses with many amazing teachers such as Judith Mendenhall, John Thorne, Christina Jennings, and Amanda Blaikie. In the future, Charlotte plans on pursuing a master’s degree and eventually performing professionally in an orchestra.

  • 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.

  • 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.