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  • Jamie Tagg, B.M. '04

    Jamie Tagg, B.M. 04, has worked as a recording, sound, and post-production engineer for the following organizations: The Banff Center for the Arts; Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University; The Boston, Imperial, Canadian, and Dallas Brass Ensembles; Hugh Fraser; David Leibman; The Cassatt String Quartet; The Bergonzi String Quartet; the Gregg Smith Singers; University of Miami; and, Miami’s professional vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire directed by Patrick Dupré Quigley.

    Tagg engineered three Grammy-nominated CD’s: A Seraphic Fire Christmas, performed by Seraphic Fire, a professional chamber choir based in Miami and Brahms: Ein Deutches Requiem, Op. 45, also performed by Seraphic Fire. Peter Rutenberg, Grammy-winning conductor and record producer, was nominated for Producer of the Year for his work on the Brahms Requiem and Vanishing Nordic Chorale CDs, both of which Tagg recorded.

    He holds a Master of Music degree from the Sound Recording Technology Program at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and is working on his Ph.D. in Sound Recording at McGill University. In 2012, he received one of seven prestigious international scholarships from the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation.

    Tagg majored in music engineering at the Frost School of Music.

  • Beau Silver, B.M. '07

    Beau Silver, B.M. ‘07, has spent over 10 years working as a software engineer for top tier audio companies such as THX, Euphonix and Avid.  He is currently a senior software engineer at Universal Audio, one of the most influential and historic companies in the recording industry.

    At the Frost School of Music, Silver majored in Music Engineering, was Recording Studio Manager at the Weeks Recording Studio, and was awarded outstanding graduating senior.

    He received his M.A. in Music Science and Technology in 2013 at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics program at Stanford University’s School of Music.

  • Nick Hetko, B.S. '13

    Nick Hetko, piano, majored in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013. He studied piano privately with Shelly Berg, Martin Bejerano and Daniel Strange. Hetko also performed in a variety of jazz ensembles at Frost including the New Music Ensemble, Monk/Mingus Ensemble, the DownBeat collegiate award winning Funk/Fusion Ensemble, and others. Originally from Cambridge, New York, Nick Hetko has performed with James Moody, Matt Wilson, Chris Potter, Buddy Guy, and Kenny Burrell. He won second place in the prestigious Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition in May 2013 and was part of the final four in the Nottingham Jazz Piano Competition in 2012, where he received a special commendation for improvisation. Hetko was the pianist for the Gibson/Baldwin 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble and received a DownBeat student award as outstanding soloist. He also received a Young Jazz Composer award for his composition Snowflakes from the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) and was selected into the Brubeck Jazz Colony.

    As a music engineering technology major, Hetko was involved with research and development of new music technologies, the development of mobile phone apps, and is active in audio engineering projects in the Weeks Music Studio and other recording facilities of the Frost School of Music.