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Schneider Named Artistic Director Of Henry Mancini Institute

Jazzed Magazine • News • March 20, 2019

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The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has announced the appointment of 5-time Grammy Award winning recording artist and 2019 NEA Jazz Master Maria Schneider as artistic director of the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute. The announcement was made jointly by Dean Shelton G. Berg and Stephen James Guerra, Jr., managing director of the Henry Mancini Institute.

Schneider’s appointment will be a school-wide residency crossing and blending musical genres. Maria, who attended the FSOM in 1983, is scheduled to be in residency for a week in the spring of 2019, the fall of 2019 and the spring of 2020. To launch the association, a concert and V.I.P. reception is scheduled for April 5, 2019.

In commenting, Dean Shelton G. Berg stated: “I am thrilled to welcome Maria Schneider back to our Frost family as artistic director of the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. This is truly a match made in music heaven. Not only is Maria a multi-Grammy winner, NEA Master and one of the most celebrated composers of our time, she is a trailblazing advocate for music industry rights and education. We look forward to the brilliance she will bring to our school and students.”

In commenting, Maria Schneider stated: “The Henry Mancini Institute offers a most powerful and rare opportunity to young musicians. I am thrilled at the chance to help the Institute to create fertile ground to inspire young writers and players to think boldly, to search for the most expressive and create possibilities they can find, and to use this tremendous opportunity to discover potential and gather skills that they can build on for a lifetime.”

“What an extraordinary opportunity for our HMI fellows!” stated Stephen James Guerra Jr., managing director of the Henry Mancini Institute. “Her unparalleled understanding of music from many genres including Jazz, Latin American, and Contemporary Classical is a perfect fit for the mission and goals of HMI. Maria’s perspective on performance, composition, and career building will provide our students with extremely unique and enriching experiences that will better prepare them for their own professional endeavors.”

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