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 Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex

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.  

Travel Info

The historic Lyric Theater is located at 819 NW Second Ave, Miami, FL 33136. Originally built in 1913, the Lyric is one of the oldest theaters in Miami and an anchor of the Historic Overtown Folklife Village. The venue is easily accessible by car and public transit.

By Car
Take Exit 3B – NW 8th St from I-95 and continue east on 8th street until you reach NW 2nd Avenue. The Lyric is located on the corner of NW 8th St and NW 2nd Avenue.

Parking is available on the street and in Municipal Lot 59 directly next to the venue.

By Metrorail
The Lyric is one block west from the Historic Overtown/Lyric Theater Metrorail Station.

By Metromover
The Lyric is three blocks north from the Government Center Metromover Station.

By Brightline
The Lyric is one block north from the MiamiCentral Station.




Teaching Artists

Dr. Daniel Andai

The Chief Academic and Artistic Officer as Dean of NWSA's accredited and award winning Music Department, partnered with Miami Dade College, University of Florida and Miami Dade County Public Schools, Daniel Andai  is responsible for all program aspects, grants and public performances. Graduates comprise some of the world's most in demand musicians today. Daniel Andai is also principal conductor and Artistic Director of Alhambra Orchestra in Miami.

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.

Candice Davenport

Candice Davenport is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Music Education at Florida International University. Her work focuses on creativity, technology integration, social and equity issues, and project-based learning in music. Prior, she was Chair of Fine Arts and led electronic music, studio production, and contemporary instrumental and vocal groups in Chicago Public Schools and after-school programs. 

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. 

Trevor Ditzler

Trevor Allen Ditzler is the founder and director of UP! Music and believes that ALL children have a right to a comprehensive music education. UP! Music seeks to "Unlock the Power" of Music by engaging over 150 elementary-aged students in daily after-school music instruction. Trevor recently earned a Master's degree in education leadership from Columbia University and is incredibly excited to be a part of the Youth Music Summit! His passions include about youth & community advocacy, educational equity, music (of course) and cats. 

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.

Gina Clement

Gina is the VP of Marketing and Business Development for Gator Cases - a company founded in Tampa, Florida and a leading manufacturer of instrument and equipment cases. An experienced marketing professional, Gina has a wealth of experience in engaging both audiences and customers.

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.

Dr. Adam Lloyd

Adam Lloyd CCC-SLP is a male speech-language pathologist affiliated with UHealth Don Soffer Clinical Research Center in Miami. 

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.

Carlos Rafael Rivera

Carlos Rafael Rivera is a commissioned and EMMY award winning composer whose career has spanned several genres of the music industry. His work for film and Television includes scores for Netflix’ GODLESS, directed by Scott Frank, starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery, and Universal Pictures’ A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, starring Liam Neeson.

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.

Villain Theater

Since August 2015, Villain Theater's mission is to create and foster a supportive theater community in South Florida. We are committed to actor training and development and providing those actors with performance opportunities. Our view is that both training and performing are equally important to provide a sense of support for a burgeoning community. 

Andrew Yeomanson

Andrew is the founder and leader of Miami's own Spam Allstars and the inventor of 'electronic descarga.' An accomplished DJ and recording engineer, Andrew also runs City of Progress - an all analog recording studio in North Miami that has become one of the most beloved studios in Miami in just a few short years.

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.