Raina Murnak, UM Faculty
Kat Reinhert, UM Faculty.
Rachel Ohnsman, Musical Theater
Sherrine Mostin, UM Lecturer in the Studio Music and Jazz Dept., Jazz and Contemporary Voice
Anh Le, Contemporary Voice
Jami Lercher, Voice
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.
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.
A recent graduate from the Frost School of Music with a major in Media Writing and Production, Minor in Creative American Music(Songwriting), Ahn is the content creator for the YouTube channel: EMIA and has performed, produced, filmed and edited over 170 original music and cover videos. She has a following of over 16,000 global subscribed viewers.
Jami Lercher is currently a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Prior to her advanced degree, she taught high school vocal music for twelve years in Roseville, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and elementary vocal music for two years in Atlantic, IA. Her teaching duties included directing musical theatre, teaching private voice lessons, accompanying student performers, and directing choirs of all shapes, styles, and sizes. Jami's choirs consistently received "Superior" ratings at state contest, and were honored with the Young People's Chorus of New York City's "Radio Radiance" award for outstanding contributions to music in the public schools. Likewise, her voice students have garnered many accolades, including selection into state, regional, and national honor choirs. Jami is also a passionate performer, having sung as a soprano section leader with the grammy-award-winning Minnesota Chorale for eight seasons. She also enjoys studying world music, and completed her Masters in Music degree at the University of Wales, Bangor through the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Exchange. When not singing, conducting, or studying music, Jami can be found spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter, Luci.