Music Faculty

Administration

Dr. Daniel Andai
Dean of Music
305-237-3539
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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.

Rafael Rodriguez
Assistant to the Dean
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Juan Garcia
Division Secretary
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Faculty

Linda Considine
Diction
305-237-3842
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An expert in Lyric Diction and IPA transcription, Linda Considine earned an MM in Voice Performance and two BA degrees in Voice/Choral Music and French. Her performance specialties include oratorio, sacred solo repertoire and French Mélodie. In addition to diction coaching, she teaches studio voice lessons, opera history and art song literature. Ms. Considine holds certification in modern voice care and treatment from the University of Pittsburg Medical Center and continues to travel extensively in Europe researching the French composer Joseph Canteloube.

Leslie A. Denning
Choir Director/Theory
305-237-3588
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Richard Fleischman
Viola
305-237-3621
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With BM and MM degrees from the Julliard School and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, Richard Fleischman is one of today's most distinguished violists. Formerly a member of the San Francisco Symphony, Fleischman continues to perform internationally on the viola and viola d'amore and has been featured on television, radio and in numerous recordings as a soloist. He spends his summers as the principal violist of the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, is violist with the Delray String Quartet and was guest principal violist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Jim Gasior
Jazz Studies
305-237-3946
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With a BM in Studio Music and Jazz Performance and an MM in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami, Dean Gasior is a consummate musician and educator, leading the New World School of the Arts Jazz ensembles and students to national success. He is a successful jazz and commercial pianist, composer and arranger. He has recorded and/or performed with Ed Calle, Arturo Sandoval, Duffy Jackson, Kevin Mahogany, Alan Harris, Jay Leonhardt, Kelly Clarkson, Smokey Robinson, Patti Austin, Little Richard, Jane Oliver, Chayanne and Raul DiBlasio. He is currently serving as Musical Director for New York readings of the new musical Cuba Libre by Desmond Child and Davitt Sigerson.

Alfred Gershfeld
Conductor
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With advanced degrees in conducting and violin performance from the Kishnev and Moscow Conservatories in the former Soviet Union, Gershfeld served as conductor of the Moldavian Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and the Moscow Bolshoi Theater before emigrating to the United States. He is Director of the Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Chorus and has served as Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. He has appeared as guest conductor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, the New York Music Festival, the Quad Cities Symphony, the Eastman School of Music, the Miami City Ballet and the Naples Philharmonic.

Rodney Miller
Opera
305-237-3579
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With a BM from Birmingham-Southern College and a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois, Miller has performed internationally in venues that include the Munich Philharmonic, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Holland Festival in Amsterdam and Belles Artes in Mexico City. In the U.S., he has performed with the National Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Orchestra, Denver Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, Wolf Trap, Tanglewood, Boston Opera, and Hawaii Opera to name a few. His recordings include Shostakovich Songs from Jewish Poetry with I Musici de Montreal on Chandos Records, Con Flor y Canto by Rodriquez, and Lohengrin.

Brent Mounger
Wind Ensemble Director/Theory
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Adjunct Faculty

Jorge Arcila
Voice
305-237-3622

Alex Berti
Bass
305-237-3622

Huifang Chen
Violin
305-237-3622

Sue Degoyyer
Flute
305-237-3622

Year hired: 1987, Adjunct Faculty; Degree: M.M., University of Miami; Areas of Teaching: Private Flute, Flute Choir, B.M.E., Drake University. Started playing in professional orchestras at age 19 in Iowa and Florida. Performed with the Ft. Lauderdale Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic, Greater Miami Opera, American Ballet, Bolshoi and Royal Ballet. Flute Instructor at FLorida International University for 19 years and currently teaching at Miami-Dade Community College Kendall Campus (since 1976). Became more interested in free-lance playing due to her college teaching commitments. Plays in chamber groups as well as solo playing.

Ciro Fodere
Piano/Accompanist
305-237-3622

Elena Fomicheva
Accompanist
305-237-3622

Peter Francis
Trumpet/Music History
305-237-3622

Mr. Francis earned a D.M.A. in Trumpet Performance and an M.M. in Music Education from the University of Miami, where he studied with Gilbert Johnson and Craig Morris. He has also studied extensively with John Harbaugh, Bill Adam, and Brian Stanley. An active classical, commercial, and jazz musician, Mr. Francis is currently a regular member of the Florida Grand Opera and Classical orchestras. Other orchestras he has performed with include the Miami City Ballet, the Symphony of the Americas, the Miami Symphony, the Florida Chamber Orchestra, and the Palm Beach Pops. Mr. Francis was a member of Chayanne's band in two international tours, performing in 17 countries. He appears on the DVD La Cuba Mia with Celia Cruz and Willy Chirino, recorded live in Miami. Mr. Francis has also performed with Jack Jones, the Funk Brothers, Chaka Kahn, Patti Austin, Clarence Clemons, Steve Marley, Hal Linden, Tito Nieves, Luis Enrique, Cheo Feliciano, Rey Ruiz, Larry Harlow, Frankie Ruiz, Meme Solis, and Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, among others.

Christopher Graham
Clarinet

Christopher Graham is a native of the Boston area where he began his studies at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. In Boston he has performed at Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall and Sanders Theater at Harvard. Dr. Graham holds B.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Miami. Graham also completed a M.M. at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He performed with orchestras in the UK at the Dukes Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Jacqueline du Pre Music Center, Oxford. In 2002 Mr. Graham received the RAM's prestigious Nicholas Blake Prize for woodwinds. He has participated in summer festivals including Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, the Bowdoin Chamber Music Festival and NEC's Clarinet Summit with Richard Stoltzman and Kalmen Opperman. In South Florida, Mr. Graham has performed with the Florida Philharmonic, the Boca Raton Philharmonic Sinfonia, the New Philharmonic and currently plays with the Florida Grand Opera and Classical Orchestras at the Carnival Performing arts Center and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. As a chamber musician, Graham has performed to critical acclaim with the Ibis Camerata (www.ibiscamerata.com) in the Southeastern U.S. and on international tours to Serbia, Russia and Italy. Dr. Graham can be heard on the Ibis Camerata's debut album Glisten, released on Albany Records in December of 2006.

Jay Harrigan
Accompanist
305-237-3622

Kevin Ildefonso
Tuba/Euphonium
305-237-3622

Chris Jackson
French Horn
305-237-3622

John Kricker
Trombone
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Rachel Lueck
Bassoon/Oboe/Theory
305-237-3622

Aaron Merritt
Cello
305-237-3622
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Aaron Merritt joined the faculty in 2005. A graduate of the NWSA high school, Mr. Merritt received his Bachelor of Music at Indiana University where he studied with Emilio Colon, Helga Winold and Janos Starker. He recieved his Master of Music from Rice Univeristy where he was a student of Lynn Harrell. Currently a member of the New World Symphony, Mr. Merritt has participated in music festivals throughout the United States and Europe.

Chad Patrick
Percussion
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Dan Sandlin
Accompanist
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Mark Small
Saxophone
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Kimberly Soby
Voice
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Scott Tripp
Theory/Voice
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Fernando Ulibarri
Guitar
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Sara Weiner Jamison
Voice
305-237-3622

A native Floridian, Sarah Weiner-Jamison has recently relocated back to South Florida after having been the Founder and Artistic Director of her New York City-based opera company, The coOPERAtive Opera Company. Sarah has sung opera and oratorio throughout the New York Metropolitan area. In a review of her work, Opera News Magazine called her voice beautifully creamy and elegantly spun. Ms. Weiner-Jamison continues to perform recitals and concerts in the South Florida area. She is also on the voice faculty at Broward Community College, where she was nominated as adjunct professor of the year, and maintains a private vocal studio in Broward County. Studied with Rita Shane and Gianna d'Angelo of the Metropolitan opera. Coached with Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Patrick Summers (Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera). Ms. Weiner-Jamison holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Brenau College and the Master of Music degree from Indiana University.