Maria Schneider Named Artistic Director of Henry Mancini Institute

The multiple Grammy winner and former student at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music will return to its campus this spring

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Maria Schneider

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has named Maria Schneider artistic director of its Henry Mancini Institute.

“The Henry Mancini Institute offers a most powerful and rare opportunity to young musicians,” Schneider said in a press release. “I am thrilled at the chance to help the Institute to create fertile ground to inspire young writers and players to think boldly, to search for the most expressive and creative possibilities they can find, and to use this tremendous opportunity to discover potential and gather skills that they can build on for a lifetime.”

Schneider, who has won multiple Grammys, is one of the most respected composers and bandleaders in modern jazz. She attended the Frost School of Music in 1983. She is scheduled to be in a schoolwide residency—taking in many disciplines and styles—for a week this spring and a week this fall, as well as a week next spring. A concert heralding the residency will be held on Apr. 5, with details to be announced soon on the Frost website.

“Not only is Maria a multi-Grammy winner, NEA Master, and one of the most celebrated composers of our time, she is a trailblazing advocate for music industry rights and education,” Shelton G. Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music, said in a press release. “We look forward to the brilliance she will bring to our school and students.”