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Bryan Kennard HMI Coordinator/Composition Fellow 

Flutist, composer, and arranger Bryan Kennard originally hails from Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently pursuing a DMA in Jazz Composition at the Frost School of Music and holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (MM Jazz Composition), Youngstown State University (MM Flute Performance), and Mercyhurst University (BM Music Education). Of HMI, he says, "I am grateful for the incredible opportunity to collaborate with and write music for the world-class ensemble and its musicians that the Henry Mancini Institute offers."

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Jessica Hawthorne HMI Assistant Coordinator/Trombone Fellow

Originally from Sherrill, NY, Jessica Hawthorne is a versatile musician you can find performing regularly in classical, jazz, chamber, and commerical settings on tenor and alto trombone. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Frost School of Music, she is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Frost School of Music, where she is the Teaching Assistant for the trombone studio and is both a Fellow and Assistant Coordinator for the Henry Mancini Institute. Her favorite experience at HMI has been loudly (and proudly) playing the score to Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark to film!

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Eric Eakes HMI Personnel Manager/Viola Fellow

Eric Eakes is a violist currently living in Miami, Florida attending the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music as a doctoral student and teaching assistant for Jodi Levitz.  He works with the Henry Mancini Institute as the Personnel Manager, is the violist in the Henry Mancini Institute String Quartet, and plays in the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Through his experiences with HMI, Eric has performed in concert with a variety of artists such as John Williams, Quincy Jones, Jeremy Cohen, Estelle, Jon Secada, Terence Blanchard, Ben Folds, Simone Dinnerstein, Scott Flavin, and Ross Harbaugh.

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Kendall Grady HMI Special Events/Violin Fellow

Violinist Kendall Grady is from the seaside town of Swansboro, North Carolina on the Crystal Coast and began teaching herself to play the violin at age 10. Kendall has received many awards, among which was her acceptance into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School division to study with Joseph Genualdi and, after finishing her undergraduate performance degree with Ida Bieler and by Janet Orenstein, she became a guest lecturer and orchestral librarian as Robert Davidovici's teaching assistant. Kendall will complete her Master's of Music performance degree with Scott Flavin at the Frost School of Music, and as an Henry Mancini fellow discovered a passion for recording, collaborating, and commissioning new works that pair the violin with other art mediums, such as modern ballet and architecture, to communicate relatable meaning in the contemporary age.

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Misty Drake HMI Social Media and Marketing/Violin Fellow

A three-time soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Misty Drake began the violin at 3 and origionally from the Sunshine State. In 2018, Ms. Drake received her BM and Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and is currently a full scholarship recipient pursuing her MM in Violin Performance at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, and is a Teaching Assistant to Charles Castleman and Henry Mancini Fellow. "At HMI, every fellow brings a high level of professionalism, creating an inspiring and energized atmosphere to work in."

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Kyle Gemberling HMI Librarian
 
Kyle Gemberling hails from the state of Idaho, where he received his Bachelors of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Idaho in 2013. He comes to the University of Miami for his jazz trumpet graduate degree by way of Shanghai, China, where he spent over 3 years as a freelance performer. While he has a deep love for music and performance, Kyle’s favorite part of his work with the Henry Mancini Institute is largely behind the scenes, cataloguing and digitizing the HMI library and preparing music for performances.