Raina Murnak, UM Faculty
Kat Reinhert, UM Faculty
Kate Reid, UM Faculty, Jazz Vocal Masterclass Faculty
Rachel Ohnsman, Musical Theater
Sherrine Mostin, UM Lecturer in the Studio Music and Jazz Dept., Jazz and Contemporary Voice
Cassandra Claude, UM Faculty
RAINA MURNAK - UM Faculty
Raina Murnak is a lecturer in music theory, ear training and song writing at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. She is a New York-born composer and vocalist and received both her Bachelors in Voice and her Master's in Composition from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Composition and Vocal Pedagogy from the UM Frost School of Music. Dr. Murnak has enjoyed many performances of her works both in concert and on recordings. She is a very active performing vocalist varied genres, ranging from the avant-garde classical to the commercial. Recently, she played keyboards and backing vocals in a Comcast Special for rock singer Bob Pressner and also performed Auksalaq, a telematic opera, with the New World Symphony. Her most recent albums of original songs include La La Famous with the Pure Pinks and The Dawn of Us, a singer/songwriter EP. As a pedagogue, Murnak is constantly creating new effective models to train students including her most recent contributions to the Frost School's Experiential Music Curriculum. She is also a visual artist, actress and dancer and seeks to integrate multiple art forms whenever possible in her compositions and performances and in her student's shows.
An educator, scholar, songwriter and singer, Professor Reinhert is currently the Head of Contemporary Voice at the FROST School of Music at the University of Miami. This up and coming singer, songwriter and musician specializes in CCM vocal pedagogy and popular music curriculum and education in higher ed.
Kat is an experienced performer and educator. She has taught courses in jazz, songwriting, private voice, contemporary vocal pedagogy, theory, and popular music ensembles. Ms. Reinhert has been a presenter and performer at many conferences including The International Society of Music Education, The Voice Foundation, The Association for Popular Music Education and the International Jazz Voice Conference. She is certified in Somatic Voicework‚Ñ¢ The LoVetri Method. Kat currently serves as Vice President on the board of directors for The Association for Popular Music Education.
As a performer and songwriter, Kat has released four independent albums and has sung on multiple projects and recordings. She has appeared with such noted artists as Enya, Raul Midon, Anat Fort, Perry Smith, Jo Lawry, Dave Cook, Shayna Steele, Matt Aronoff, James Shipp, Sam Minaie and Ross Pederson. Her most recent album, Spark, containing mostly original compositions, and has been touted as, "a work of great subtly and nuance," and, "Thirteen top notch jazz melodies that shine with dexterity and diversity. She was recently selected as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting competition for her song, "Walk Into the Rain." Her other albums are It Could Happen (2001), Chrysalis (2009) and Home Movie (2017).
Professor Reinhert holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music (Bachelor of Jazz/Commercial Performance), The University of Miami (Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy, ABD for PhD in Music Education). She is a sought after clinician and presenter for master classes and workshops in voice, songwriting and popular music pedagogy and curriculum. Her students have secured national and international tours with internationally known artists, won numerous songwriting competitions, and placed albums in the top spots on iTunes and Billboard charts.
Kate Reid is Director of the Jazz Vocal Performance program and Associate Professor of jazz voice in the Studio Music and Jazz department at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC at the University of Miami. Apart from overseeing all aspects of the Jazz Vocal Performance program, Professor Reid directs two of the FROST's three jazz vocal ensembles -- FROST Extensions and FROST Jazz Vocal I. Dr. Reid also teaches jazz improvisation, sight-singing and music theory and she maintains a full jazz voice studio of undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr. Reid's multifaceted career also includes work as a studio and session singer in Los Angeles. Her film credits include Planes, Star Trek Into Darkness, Oz-The Great and Powerful, Epic and Men In Black III, featuring the music of composers Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, John Powell and Joel McNeely. She has lent her voice to several network television series, to commercial spots for Ace Hardware, T-Mobile, and Suntory Whiskey, and to recordings by such artists as MUSE, X Japan and Josh Groban.
In addition to teaching at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC, Dr. Reid continues to perform, record and teach throughout the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Reid earned her B.M. in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University and a M.M. and D.M.A. in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.
Rachel Ohnsman, currently a student at the Frost School of Music majoring in jazz vocal performance. She performs regularly both on piano and voice, in jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre styles. Ohnsman has performed at Sofar Sounds, Festival Miami, Carnegie Hall, and Vizcaya Gardens, among others. Additionally, she arranges vocal and instrumental tunes and presented a TEDx Talk about music genres (upcoming, April 2017). Some recent stage highlights include: 13 The Musical (Musical Director, 2015); Stardust Cabaret (Alumni Center, 2016); and Cats (Assistant MD, 2015).
Sherrine Mostin is a jazz vocalist and educator working in the Miami area. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Sacramento State University, and then she went on to pursue her Master's degree in Jazz Studies at CSU Long Beach, with a full scholarship and teaching assistantship, and graduated in the Spring of 2011. Sherrine completed a Doctoral degree in Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami in 2015. She recently won 2015 DownBeat Student Music Awards in the categories of: Graduate Jazz Vocal Soloist, Graduate Large Vocal Ensemble (University of Miami), Graduate Small Ensemble (UM), and as the director of the Undergraduate Small Vocal Ensemble (UM). During her time as a young professional, Sherrine has had the opportunity to work with several notable musicians including Gloria Estefan, Fred Hersch, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Randy Brecker, Karrin Allyson, New York Voices, and Terence Blanchard. After spending a year in Minnesota as an Assistant Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead, she is back in Miami and currently teaching at Broward College and the University of Miami.
An accomplished and in-demand voice teacher, Cassandra has become a
staple and representation of fine vocal technique to emerging singers today.
In addition to upholding a thriving vocal studio, she is currently a vocal instructor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and is a leader in promoting cultural and artistic awareness through vocal instruction. Her students have performed on stages cross-country.
Though Miami is her home base, she travels to Los Angeles and New York to work with singers as well. She also maintains part of her vocal studio nationally and internationally via videotelephony systems. Cassandra has also had students chosen for lead roles in theaters in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Sarasota, and Los Angeles. Acclaimed as a vocal pedagogue, Cassandra was named as the Superintendent for the Vocal Competition of Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, which offers youth accessibility to stage-performances and critiques from world-class vocalists. Under her leadership, Cassandra produces singers that mesmerize audiences through pure tonal ability and skill of the vocal instrument. Yet beyond that, her goal with these vocalists is to produce a confident and "honest" singer with a timeless voice that stands out.