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  • Dominique-René de Lerma, B.M. '52

    University of Miami Frost School of Music 1995 Distinguished Alumnus Dominique-René de Lerma, B.M. ‘52 is a highly accomplished oboist, educator, American musicologist, and professor of music history who is considered the world’s foremost authority on black classical composers.

    In 1951, de Lerma became the youngest member ever to join the University of Miami School of Music faculty. He taught classical and general music history, music humanities and symphonic literature, while also coaching oboe and bassoon. Subsequently, he accepted several distinguished appointments at national universities and music conservatories, including Indiana University and Morgan State University. De Lerma is currently Professor Emeritus at Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. While there, he directed the Ben Holt Memorial Concert Series, dedicated to the presentation of young Latino, Native American, and Black talents of international distinction.

    De Lerma’s more than 1,500 published titles include monographs, liner and program notes, edited music, and articles in all of the leading musicological dictionaries and journals. He has given lectures throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has served as a consultant to national arts organizations, major American orchestras and record labels, and numerous educational institutions. His pioneering work in the field includes founding the former Black Music Center at Indiana University and serving as director of the Center for Black Music Research in Chicago, where he also taught at Columbia College and Northwestern University. He was Chief Consultant to Columbia Records for their award-winning Black Composers Series, serving regularly as a consultant to orchestras, ensembles and concert artists in the United States and Europe.

  • Bonnie Hinck-Baldatti, B.M. '78

    Civil Air Patrol Lt Colonel of the United States Air Force, Bonnie Hinck-Baldatti, serves the Band of the Hour Association of Alumni and Friends (BOTHA) and has served on the Board of Directors for over 16 years.

    She is currently the South Florida Aerospace Education Officer overseeing six Squadrons in Aerospace Education.

  • Raquel Montalvo, M.M. '82, Ph.D. '91

    Raquel M. Montalvo earned a Master of Music in Music Education with a vocal choral emphasis in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Music Education with a vocal choral emphasis in 1991.  She has been teaching at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico for 30 years. She is an Associate Professor of Music and Music Education, Chair of the Graduate Music Education Program.  She also runs Borinquen Music, her own music business and academy, since 1992 and is the Music Minister at Centro Cristiano de Restauracion Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

    Montalvo received her M.M. in musicology and her Ph.D in music education at the Frost School of Music.

  • Ed Toth B.M. '94

    Ed Toth, B.M. ‘94, has worked with many American Rock bands. He is currently one of two drummers for The Doobie Brothers. Before joining The Doobie Brothers, Toth worked with Vertical Horizon for nine years, where he landed a multi-platinum smash with the bands RCA debut “Everything You Want” in 2000. The title track was the most played song on U.S. radio that year and won three Billboard awards. The album also yielded the hits “You’re A God,” and “Best I Ever Had.” Vertical Horizon followed up with “Go” in 2003.

    He has shared the stage with performers as diverse as Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Warren Haynes, and Erin McKeown. Toth majored in music education at the Frost School of Music.

  • Gerhard Guter, B.M. '97

    Gerhard Guter, B.M. ‘97, is a member of Vocalogy: Distilled. He has scored six short films, one of his orchestral film scores was featured at the Orpheum Theater for the 2004 Ovation Awards. His work has been aired on The History Channel and he has written music for the online gaming phenomenon World of Warcraft.

    He has taught commercial music and jazz courses as an adjunct instructor for California State University Long Beach & Cuesta, Riverside, Cypress, Fullerton Community Colleges in California. Guter majored in music education at the Frost School of Music.

  • Kelly A. Parkes, Ph.D. '06

    Virginia Tech University announced, “Kelly A. Parkes, assistant professor of teaching and learning in the School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, received the university’s 2010 XCaliber Award for excellence as an individual involved in teaching with technology. Established in 1996 by Office of the Provost, the XCaliber Award (shorthand for exceptional, high caliber work) is presented annually by the Virginia Tech Center for Innovation in Learning to recognize individual faculty members or teams of faculty and staff who integrate technology in teaching and learning. The award celebrates innovative, student-centered approaches to learning activities. Awardees receive a cash award and are called upon to demonstrate their work.”

    A trumpet player, Parkes joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2006 where she teaches graduate level music education classes and supervises interns. She is developing the music education graduate studies program and is currently the program area leader for music within the Department of Teaching and Learning. Her current areas of research are in music teacher education and applied studio teaching.

    Originally from Australia, Parkes lectured in pre-college and college trumpet for five years and worked with public and private instrumental music programs at elementary, middle, and high school levels and was also the principal trumpet of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra from 1996-2000. Parkes received her bachelor’s degree in musicology and psychology from the Australian National University, a master’s degree in trumpet performance and pedagogy from The Canberra Institute of the Arts in Australia, a master’s degree in music education from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami, where she majored in music education.

  • Sara Duncan Grimes, M.M. '08

    Sara Duncan Grimes, M.M. ‘08, is assistant orchestra director at Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia. She has previously taught at Barber Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia and West Laboratory Elementary in Miami.

    While at the Frost School of Music, Grimes was a graduate teaching assistant and taught undergraduate string techniques. She majored in music education at the Frost School.

    She presented a session at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in 2009, and presided over sessions at American String Teacher Association conferences in 2008 and 2009. Her thesis research, “Assessment Practices of String Teachers” won first prize at the UM Research Symposium.

  • Jennifer Doyle, M.M. ’09, Ph.D ’12

    Jennifer Doyle, M.M. ’09, Ph.D ’12, is a visiting assistant professor of music education at the University of Maryland School of Music where she teaches courses in instrumental music education and supervises student teachers.

    Her research areas include urban music education, music teacher education, culturally relevant teaching, affective assessment, and social justice through music education. She has been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Florida Music Director.

  • Kate Simon, Ph.D. ‘12

    Kate Simon, Ph.D. ‘12Kathryn “Kate” Lynn Simon, Ph.D. ‘12, is an assistant professor of music education at Towson University. She was recently appointed Youth and Student Activities Chair for the Maryland and Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

  • Elizabeth Stephens, Ph.D ’12

    Elizabeth Gaile Stephens, Ph.D ’12, is an assistant professor of music education at Emporia State University. During her time teaching elementary education in Georgia she was selected as Teacher of the Year.

    Most recently Stephens presented her research on Singing Perceptions in the General Population at the 2012 National Association of Music Educators Conference in St. Louis.

  • Brian Wesolowski, Ph.D ’12

    Brian Wesolowski, Ph.D ’12, is an assistant professor of music of music education at the University of Georgia Hodgson School of Music, where he teaches instrumental music education. Wesolowski has performed with Natalie Cole, The Pussycat Dolls, Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, and Jane Monheit, among many others. His studio work includes national spots for Carnival Cruise Lines, Sandals Resorts, Telemundo, Pet Supermarket, and Hardrock Casinos.