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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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  • Cierra Hall

    Flutist Cierra Hall began her musical studies in elementary school band class. Cierra attended the Baltimore School for the Arts where she was able to study classical music. As a high school student, she was selected to perform the Thom Ritter George Concerto with her school’s Wind Symphony. In 2017, Cierra won the Baltimore School for the Arts Concerto Competition and performed the Lowell Liebermann Flute Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra. 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. At the age of 15, Cierra received the Patapsco River (Maryland) Women in the Arts Award.   

    Cierra received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Linda Chesis. In New York City, Cierra served as principal flutist of the New York Youth Symphony and performed a variety of orchestral repertoires in Carnegie Hall. In 2020, she was the recipient of the Vetter -Vargas/Ukena fellowship, which awarded her $5,000 toward her musical studies. In 2021, she was a winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. Cierra will begin her graduate studies at the University of Miami under the tutelage of Dr. Jennifer Grim. She will be a Henry Mancini Institute fellow with a full-tuition scholarship.

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.