New Frost program will put a stamp on ensemble musicianship

By David Fleshler

A unique scholarship program for exceptional students will be set up at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, thanks to a donation from two longtime benefactors.

 E. Roe Stamps IV and his wife Penny have donated the funds to establish The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Music Scholarship Fund. The program will pay tuition, room and board for 19 young musicians to study at the Frost School, attend master classes and play together as a group during their time at the school.

 In the first year, the program will admit five freshmen to work together as a jazz quintet. In the second year, four musicians will enter the school to perform as a string quartet. In the third year, it will be a woodwind quintet, and in the fourth, a brass quintet.

 “Thanks to the generosity of Roe and Penny Stamps, the Frost School is able to offer a singular opportunity for top music students to prepare for brilliant futures,” said the Frost School’s dean, Shelly Berg, in a news release. “This learning experience may also lead to the students continuing to collaborate professionally in the future.”

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