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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 17, No. 2 October 2011

Education Notes

by Rona Nadler & Aleshia Jensen / October 1, 2011

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New faculty at University of Miami Frost School of Music
The University of Miami has announced two new additions to its jazz faculty for the 2011-12 academic year: trumpet player Brian Lynch and pianist Martin Bejerano. The versatile jazz musician Brian Lynch—who has collaborated with artists like Benny Golson and Charles McPherson, as well as Lila Downs and Prince—has worked as a professor at New York University and given workshops worldwide. Well known in the Latin Jazz community, he has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and took home one of the awards for his album Simpático, a collaboration with Eddie Palmieri. Martin Bejerano has also been appointed to the Frost School of Music. Graduate of the New World School of the Arts, Florida State University and the University of Miami, Bejerano is a renowned jazz pianist who has played in jazz drummer Roy Haynes’s quartet and collaborated with numerous legendary jazz artists. His 2007 album, Evolution/Revolution (Reservoir), was a huge hit, and he took home a Grammy Award in 2004 (Best Instrumental Jazz Album) for Fountain of Youth. A performer since the age of fifteen, Bejerano is an active musician both in the U.S. and internationally. AJ

Val-d’Or constructs a new facility
The Conservatoire de musique de Val-d’Or has received funding to build a new teaching facility. As the only institution in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region offering post-secondary musical training, the new building will allow the Conservatory to keep up with current demand as well as develop new programs such as distance learning. According to violinist Angèle Dubeau, a member of the Conservatoire’s administrative council, the new facility will provide a warm, welcoming and stimulating space for developing young musicians. RN

New masterclasses at Ottawa U
The University of Ottawa School of Music continues to collaborate with Astral Media, offering a series of masterclasses with high-profile performing artists through the Astral Mentorship Program. Artists take part in short-term, on-campus residencies, allowing them to establish deeper relationships with their students, who derive greater benefit from their teaching than they could from a single class. Astral and the University of Ottawa’s collaborations also include the Astral Radio Journalism Challenge, and the Astral Scholarships in Continuing Education. RN

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