Miami, Florida—New World School of the Arts has selected a new dean to lead its award-winning music program. Dr. Daniel Andai, an internationally acclaimed professor and performer, will begin in his new post this August when classes resume at the renowned arts conservatory. Dr. Andai brings a wealth of artistic, academic and administrative experience to NWSA, having held leadership positions across the nation. As the Dean of Music, Dr. Andai will serve as the chief academic and artistic officer for the Music Division of New World School of the Arts, overseeing administration of both the high school and college programs in Music.
“As an Alumnus and former violin professor at the New World School of the Arts, I am honored to have the opportunity to once again work with my wonderful colleagues and the talented high school and college students as Dean of Music,” says Dr. Andai. “Being a native of the great City of Miami, I am proud of the values NWSA has shared with the community for over a quarter century, and I am committed to inspiring our future graduates to embrace those values and share them with the community for years to come!”
Hailed by The New York Times as an "Exemplary Leader" for leading members of the New York Philharmonic and the Manhattan School of Music in Carnegie Hall, violinist Daniel Andai has shared his versatile artistry as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster, conductor and recording artist in major concert venues across five continents, the Middle East, the Caribbean and over 30 United States. He is a prizewinner of national and international competitions and has soloed with orchestras around the world.
Daniel Andai is concertmaster, frequent soloist and guest conductor of The Miami Symphony Orchestra. He was also concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York with whom he recorded the Billboard’s highly rated SONY Classical CD and made televised solo appearances for a crowd of millions during Mexico’s Bicentennial celebrations at the Angel of Independence. He has held concertmaster positions with orchestras in Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and France, performed in the sections of the New York Philharmonic and the Miyazaki Festival Orchestra in Japan, and worked closely with members of the Emerson, Vermeer, Cassatt, and Miami String Quartets, and the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, New York City Ballet and New York City Opera, among others.
Daniel Andai is the Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont and former violin professor at the University of Texas Pan American where he also chaired the Marialice Shivers Endowment in Fine Arts. He has served on the faculties of Miami Dade College and New World School of the Arts, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, Master of Music and professional studies degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Lynn University Conservatory of Music. He received the High School Diploma from New World School of the Arts High School.
About NWSA: The distinguished history of the New World School of the Arts began in 1984 when the Florida State Legislature established the institution to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means toachieve both an academic education and artistic training. In September 1986, NWSA opened its doors to students in grades ten through twelve. NWSA’s audition-based programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater. New World School of the Arts offers the high school diploma as well as a four-year BFA or BM college degree.
The academic music curriculum at New World School of the Arts fosters creativity and develops knowledge of musical heritage. Course work strives to develop the student's growth and maturity in comprehensive musicianship. The study of music history and theory is pursued by taking a variety of classes including foundations of music; surveys of music history in the western world, jazz and pop music in America, and music of the world's people; and seminars in composition aesthetics, jazz improvisation, chamber music, and general musicianship. Areas of concentration include piano, instrumental, composition and vocals.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Information about the NWSA Music program is available by calling 305-237-7855 or visiting nwsa.mdc.edu.