Introducing Miami’s Youth Music Summit
Uniting Miami’s Young Musicians in an all-day Summit

WHAT: The Youth Music Summit is a highlight of Make Music Miami, a global celebration of musical events taking place around the world on the longest day of the year. The Summit  is a free, day-long gathering of young musicians aged 14-18 from throughout Miami-Dade County that begins with a workshop focused on artist health, musicianship and careers in music and is followed by a concert of participating student ensembles.  

WHO: The Youth Music Summit is organized by Buskerfest Miami, LiVE! Modern School of Music, and Magic City Opera.

WHEN: Friday, June 21, 9am-6pm, workshops; 7:30-9pm, performance

WHERE: The Historic Lyric Theater

WHY: A collaborative project of Buskerfest Miami, LiVE! Modern School of Music and Magic City Opera, the Youth Music Summit is a pilot project of the Music Access Fellowship. It is designed to connect young musicians across Miami-Dade County, with one another, with industry professionals and instructors and to provide an opportunity for shared learning, friendship and performance.  






Teaching Artists

Brigid Baker

Brigid Baker is choreographer, educator, director of 6th Street Dance Studio and Brigid Baker WholeProject dance company. Baker’s work derives from her companion practice, Lightbody, an innovation in breath, undulations, sound, and tracings.  Lightbody reveals unconscious creative potentials through patterned neural tracings; language emerges from this source. The practice is a growing force in the field of creative practice, with dedication to the subtle energy field of expression. Baker began as a musician in voice, oboe and composition and in theater and fine arts, from generational family roots in these practices.

David Chiverton

The beat of a drummer’s soul could not have been placed in a more incomparable percussionist than David Chiverton. David is a Miami native groomed and nurtured by his loving parents. He has shared the stage with artists ranging from John Legend and Lil Wayne to Arturo Sandoval and Nicole Henry. He is currently touring internationally with various talents and has been highlighted as one of South Florida’s greatest musicians.

Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei

Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei is a dedicated and accomplished music educator and community programmer, bringing a unique vision to what the future of arts education looks like. As an industry innovator, she recently initiated a nationally-recognized collaboration joining opera with human trafficking victim support groups—Cadenza, an interactive model that guides participants toward therapeutic betterment through music. 

Magda Giannikou

Trained in film scoring, arranging and music production at Berklee, Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou has collaborated with everyone from Kronos Quartet (she was commissioned by and performed with the quartet at Lincoln Center 2013) to Louis CK (she wrote and sang a duet with CK for the comedian’s TV show) and Snarky Puppy (participated in their Grammy Award Winning Family Dinner Vol.1). In almost every facet of the music industry, Giannikou may be best known through her world music ensemble/collective, Banda Magda, founded in 2011.

Eddie "eMIX" Hernandez

Engineer Eduardo Hernandez, a.k.a. Eddie "eMIX" Hernandez, has been a mainstay in Miami recording studios since the late 1990s working with artists like Uncle Luke, Trick Daddy, Trina, Pitbull, Plies, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group.

Steven Mathieu

Steven Mathieu (Kid Blast) is a Miami-based musician. Playing electronic bass and modular synthesizer and using Ableton Live, he combines music, spoken word samples and live dub-style mixing. He has performed with WholeProject contemporary classical dance company at 6th Street Dance Studio, the Little Haiti Cultural Center and New World Symphony. As Kid Blast Sound System and Rebels Redux he has played in venues as diverse as Churchill’s Pub and Trinity Cathedral and given demonstrations at Ableton Live User Groups in New York and Miami. He is a past recipient of a Knight Foundation Challenge Grant.

Christopher Sampson

Chris Sampson is Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Popular Music program at the USC Thornton School of Music.  As professor of songwriting at USC, his former students are GRAMMY award winners, successful recording artists, touring artists and have penned #1 charted songs.  He is the songwriting instructor for the GRAMMY Foundation and the National YoungArts foundation.  And, he has interviewed over 400 music industry leaders including luminaries such as Sir Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan and Graham Nash.

Rey Sanchez

Rey Sanchez is an educator, producer, songwriter and guitarist.  He holds degrees in Music Theory-Composition and Studio Writing & Production. Rey is the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation and a Professor of Music Business and Entertainment Industries at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where he also founded and directs the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program, the school’s acclaimed songwriting program. Rey has worked with many international companies such as EMI Music Publishing, Sony Music, Universal Music and Columbia Pictures Publications, and was the long-time Musical Director for Latin superstar Chayanne.

Nikhil Yerawadekar

Nikhil P. Yerawadekar is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer, producer and music educator from Queens, NY known for his contributions to diverse, forward-thinking ensembles. Having cut his teeth playing Afro-Caribbean music in Brooklyn and Harlem, Nikhil joined the legendary Afrobeat group Antibalas in September 2008 and performed with them on stages big and small all over the world for nearly a decade, including five performances at Carnegie Hall. Nikhil also leads a number of his own projects, such as Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality, and works and as a freelance musician, producer/composer for film and TV, and educator.