UM School of Music Debuts Frost Sessions Podcast

Notable names appear in the audio/visual series

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is launching an audio/visual podcast, "Frost Sessions: A Podcast About All Things Music."


The program will be hosted by a variety of the school’s faculty and alumni artists, along with innovative students. The format will feature conversations with top music professionals who share their experiences and discuss what’s new and happening in the world of music, from performing and composing to technology, innovation, marketing, business, timely news, current events, and more.

“Our faculty and alumni are some of the most successful and forward-thinking professionals in music today,” said Shelton G. (Shelly) Berg, Dean of the Frost School of Music, who hosts the premiere episode. “I am thrilled we have created this platform to share and explore everything music, featuring insightful conversations with special guests, each of whom are some of the most accomplished in their respective fields.”

The first two Frost Sessions podcasts are as follows with upcoming episodes being scheduled on a bi-monthly basis:


Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 – The History of Jazz with Dean Shelly Berg and Mark Ruffin:

The premiere podcast features our very own Dean Shelly Berg, who is a Steinway piano artist and multi-Grammy nominated arranger and producer, along with Emmy Award winning, Gramy nominated host of Sirius XM’s “Real Jazz” Mark Ruffin. Together they dive into the history of Jazz, as Ruffin celebrates his 40th anniversary in broadcasting and the release of his first book "Bebop Fairytales: A Historical Trilogy of Jazz, Intolerance and Baseball."

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 – The Art of Marketing an Album with Maria Schneider and Michael Dudley

The second episode features the Frost School’s HMI Artistic Director, multi-Grammy winner in the classical and jazz genres, and legendary in composer and band leader Maria Schneider. Michael Dudley, current DMA student at the Frost Studio Music and Jazz department, has worked closely with Schneider in HMI. “Not only is he a wonderful player,” Maria said. “I’ve also enjoyed experiencing his great gifts as a writer and thought he’d be a fun interviewer— and I was right!” explore the pioneering marketing of her albums which took the music industry by storm, beating formidable competition for each of her Grammy Awards.” They delve into the process surrounding her latest double-album release “Data Lord,” which NPR’s Nate Chinen calls, “the most daring work of Schneider's career, which sets the bar imposingly high.”


Future episodes will feature world-renowned Frost faculty artists, alumni along with surprise guests including:

  • Jon Secada: Frost alumnus, two-time Grammy® winner, and international superstar who has sold over 15 million albums worldwide
  • John Daversa: Three-time Grammy® winner and Frost School Department Chair of Studio Music and Jazz, along with Jorge Mejia: Frost School alumnus Grammy® nominee and president/CEO Sony ATV Latin America and U.S. Latin
  • Gerard Schwarz: World-renowned Emmy award winning conductor, Frost Professor of Music, Conducting and Orchestral Studies
  • Dafnis Prieto: Innovative drummer and composer from Cuba, 2011 MacArthur Fellow, Grammy® winner, multi Latin Grammy nominee, and Frost Faculty member
  • Kim Josephson: Internationally renowned opera baritone and new member of the Frost faculty, along with Frank Wayne Ragsdale, Frost School Department Chair and Program Director of the Department of Vocal Performance and Associate Professor of Voice.


Ongoing schedule as it is announced via

The podcast can be accessed on the following channels:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Breaker
  • Castbox
  • Google Podcasts
  • Overcast
  • Pocket Casts
  • RadioPublic

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