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Welcome to the Choral Conducting Graduate Studio. Our graduate students come from all over the world to study Choral Conducting, and to be a part of the leadership team and Frost Choral Studies family. 

Students take courses in Score Study, Choral Literature, conduct the Frost choral ensembles, have weekly lessons, and work together in Conducting Workshops. Our graduate students are engaged as artists both on the podium and as singers in our award-winning choral ensembles.

The Frost School of Music Department of Vocal Performance includes our Choral Studies, Opera Theater, Vocal Performance, and Dance programs. Our alumni are leading choral music programs across the United States and around the world.

To find out more information about how to apply, please see below:

DEGREES

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  • Scott AuCoin, Doctoral Student

    Scott AuCoin is a conductor, performer, and composer of choral music and musical theatre. He served as Choir Director at Marriotts Ridge High School in Howard County, MD, where his choirs were invited to perform at prestigious venues such as the MD Governor’s Mansion and the National Gallery of Art. In addition, he has a deep connection to musical theatre and has been music director for many productions. He currently serves as Associate Conductor of the Master Chorale of South Florida. 


    As a choral singer, Scott has sung with the University of Maryland Chamber Singers and the world-renowned Westminster Choir across the United States and abroad. He has also performed much of the choral symphonic repertoire with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic under such batons as Helmuth Rilling, Marin Alsop, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 


    Scott has written compositions for a wide range of ensembles. Most recently, he won the Frost Choral Studies Composition Competition with his piece “Light, my light” which is soon to be published by Walton Music. 

    He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Miami and is expected to graduate in May of 2023. His dissertation will be a conductor’s guide to James McCarthy’s cantata Codebreaker: The Alan Turing Story. Scott recently performed the work in a collaboration between the University of Miami Frost School of Music and the Master Chorale of South Florida. Scott holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College. He has studied conducting with Dr. Joe Miller, Dr. James Jordan, and Dr. Amanda Quist. 

  • Jamie Bunce, Doctoral Student

    Jamie Bunce is in her third year as a DMA student in Choral Conducting at the Frost School of Music. She comes to Frost after thirteen years as a high school choral director in her home state of New Jersey. From 2010-2020, she was the Director of Choral Activities at Columbia High School, where she directed seven choirs, oversaw the contemporary a cappella program, and taught AP Music Theory. She also served as an Associate Director of the Princeton Girlchoir and as conductor of the Wagner College Treble Choir before moving to Miami to pursue her degree. Active as a guest conductor, arranger, and clinician, Ms. Bunce has served on the boards of NJMEA and NJACDA and was featured in Chorus America for bringing early music into the high school choral classroom. She also enjoys mentoring future music educators and strives to help singers of all experience levels connect to a variety of high quality repertoire. 

    At Frost, Jamie studies conducting with Dr. Amanda Quist and is a member of the Frost Chorale, Bella Voce, and Chamber Singers. Currently, she is the graduate student conductor of the Frost Chorale and is a past conductor of Bella Voce and Symphonic Choir. She is particularly interested in the music of Appalachia and in exploring the work underrepresented composers of both new and early music. 

    Ms. Bunce holds a Master of Music Education degree with distinction with a concentration in choral pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.   

  • Richard Carrillo, Doctoral Student

    Richard A. Carrillo, a native of Texas, is currently a second year DMA student in Choral Conducting at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. While working towards his degree, Richard has served as the instructor of record for the auditioned treble ensemble, Bella Voce as well as teaches an undergraduate musicianship skills class. In addition, his fellowships have included the Apprentice Conductor Fellowship with Seraphic Fire and the Assistant Conductor Fellowship with the Miami Children’s Chorus, where he currently conducts the Allegro middle school chorus, and Vivace, the high school tenor/bass ensemble. Most recently, Richard completed his tenure as a graduate assistant while completing his MM in Choral Conducting from Missouri State University. Prior to his studies at MSU, Richard was Middle and Upper School Choral Director at Providence Academy in Plymouth, MN, where he expanded the choral program to experience exponential growth. Under his direction, choirs at Providence performed for the 2018 Midwestern Regional ACDA Convention in Chicago, IL, the 2016 State Conference of the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and were consistently awarded superior ratings at the Minnesota State High School League Large Ensemble Competitions.

    Before his time in Minnesota, Carrillo taught in Houston, TX, sang professionally with the Houston Chamber Choir, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston with a BM in Music Education. An avid church musician, Richard has also sung professionally at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, TX, the National Shrine and Cathedral of the Apostle Paul in St. Paul, MN, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, MN, and currently serves as a tenor section leader at Epiphany Catholic Church. He is grateful for the mentorship of his teachers and has studied with Dr. Amanda Quist, Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr, Dr. Erin E. Plisco and Dr. Betsy Cook Weber. 

    Outside of music, Richard is a huge movie buff, an avid San Antonio Spurs fan, and loves spending time with his family, particularly with his nieces and nephews. 

  • Victoria Nieto, Doctoral Student

    Victoria Nieto is a Venezuelan choral conductor with experience in working with children, youth, and mixed choir. Over the past years, Victoria has been performing both as an ensemble singer and conductor in the United States and abroad while pursuing her doctoral degree in choral conducting with Dr. Amanda Quist at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. As part of her training as professional conductor, Victoria has taken masterclasses and choral seminars with Helmuth Rilling, Josep Vila, Peter Hanke, Alice Parker, and Dr. Jerry McCoy.

     As a Latin American conductor, Victoria worked as an instructor for conducting workshops in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay for the program Música para Crecer that uses music as a social tool to rescue children from underprivileged environments, enriching the communities at large. 

    Victoria holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Missouri State University with Dr. Cameron LaBarr and a Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting from the Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes in Venezuela. 

  • Wesley Roy, Doctoral Student

    Wesley Roy has worked in public high and middle schools for the past ten years in Tallahassee and Orlando, where he directed choirs and taught music theory and private voice lessons. During his time in Tallahassee, he also served as a church music director and member of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Over the last nine years, he has enjoyed performing nationally and internationally with the Festival Singers of Florida, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Fenton. Roy, an advocate for student and teacher wellness, regularly presents on stress management for performing arts teachers, community-building, and student leadership at colleges and professional conferences. He firmly believes in the power of service through musical excellence, and his choirs consistently received high ratings at music assessments and have performed for numerous community and charitable organizations. 

     Roy has held leadership positions on county and state boards for the Florida Vocal Association and the American Choral Directors Association, and served as the coordinator for the Florida ACDA Tenor-Bass Honor Choir. Prior to his work in schools, he received a Master of Music Education degree in Choral Conducting from the Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Syracuse University. He is currently working towards his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Miami. In addition, he serves as the Assistant Conductor Fellow for Seraphic Fire and the Choral Director at Ocean Reef Chapel. 

  • Sam Scheibe, Masters Student

    Sam Scheibe is a choral conductor and composer from Moorestown, New Jersey. Sam received his Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and is currently finishing a Master's degree in composition at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. 


    Most of Sam's work involves choirs and music made with the voice. He has written extensively for traditional vocal ensembles, solo vocalists, and contemporary a cappella groups. These works have been performed by ensembles such as the Westminster Williamson Voices, the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir, the City of Palms Master Chorale, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Two of his works, O Magnum Mysterium and Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence were released on albums recorded by the Westminster Williamson Voices, and were later published by GIA choral works. 

    Sam's career as a choral conductor has seen him as an intern at First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown and as the Assistant Conductor of the University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir. He is now attending the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami for a Master's in Choral Conducting.