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Dr. Ryan Frost

Ryan Frost joined the UNI School of Music faculty in 2016 where he teaches applied percussion lessons, percussion methods, and directs the UNI Percussion/Marimba, West African (UNI-WADE), and Taiko Drum Ensembles.  He previously held teaching positions at Fairmont State University, Waynesburg University, Washington and Jefferson College, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Northern Iowa.  Frost was pleased to receive the Outstanding Adjunct Award for Teaching Excellence at Fairmont State University.

As an active educator and performer, Frost has experience in western and non-western music and has presented clinics and hands-on workshops across the country for groups of all ages and levels of experience. He was the recipient of the Global Education Opportunities grant which enabled him to study Ghanaian drumming and dance at the Dagbe Cultural Institute and Arts Center and the Dagara Music Center in Ghana.  In addition to African drumming, Frost has performed with and led Brazilian, Indonesian gamelan, Japanese taiko, and steel drum ensembles, which enabled him to perform with the WVU Steel Band at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and serve on the staff of the Ellie Mannette Festival of Steel Summer Music Festival.

Recently, Frost’s research, “Halim El-Dabh’s Use of Images to Depict Sound in Sonic No. 7 and Sonic No. 10,” was featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and won first place in the West Virginia University Creative Arts, Faculty-Student Mentored Graduate Research Awards.

Frost has performed with the Morgantown Community Orchestra, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and Wartburg Community Symphony Orchestra.  His primary teachers include Michael Vercelli, George Willis, Lalo Davila, Jim White, David Pruett, Randy Hogancamp, Jeffrey Smith, and Allan Jacobson.  Frost received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University, a Master of Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa.  Ryan proudly endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

Mr. Barry Dvorak

Barry Dvorak graduated from Crestwood High School in 1987 and studied at U.N.I. From 1989 to the end of the 2010-11 school year, Dvorak served as the percussion coordinator for the Cedar Falls Community Schools, where he instructed the 7-12 grade percussionists and facilitated the drumline in the fall and percussion ensembles in the spring. Mr. Dvorak also has a private percussion studio, is an active performer with area symphony orchestras, accompanies the Metropolitan Chorale, is an adjudicator for All-State auditions and IHSMA State Solo/Ensemble Festivals, and performs in the Cedar Falls Municipal Band and in a contemporary church band. In addition, he is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and has acted as secretary of the Iowa chapter since 2008. Mr. Dvorak resides in Cedar Falls with his wife, Chris, and their daughters, Anna and Abby.



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