Donna E. Shalala MusicReach

Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program – Fun, Educational, Inspiring The Community Education and Engagement Program at the Frost School of Music, providing musical experiences for students throughout Miami–Dade.


Our mission is to:

  1. Promote the healthy growth and development of individuals through the study, practice, and performance of music.
  2. Build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of individuals through music.
  3. Develop individuals as musical ambassadors of peace, hope, and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs.

About Us

The award winning Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music promotes the healthy growth of children and youth through the study and practice of music while nurturing the development of Frost student musicians to become advocates and ambassadors for music education for all children regardless of socio-economic standing.   A top goal of MusicReach is to keep students in school and to go on to college upon graduation. 

Even though this program is only nine years old, the results are real for the hundreds of weekly participants.  Students not only in the mentoring program, but also from our outreach community programs, are now being accepted in to music magnet programs, providing them the opportunity to attend specialized public schools.  In addition, in a recent survey, parents and site administrators stated overwhelming that the program has helped their students develop important life skills such as motivation, confidence, and creativity.

The MusicReach Program was named in honor of former University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala, through a generous gift from benefactors Phillip and Patricia Frost.

For information on how to support the Shalala MusicReach Program by sponsoring a mentor scholarship, please contact Lynne Gibson at or 305-284-2238.

Attend the annual Winter Wonderful Frost Holiday Dinner which provides music lovers from all over the world with a meaningful giving opportunity to impact the lives of hundreds of young musicians in the Shalala MusicReach program who want to pursue a career in music at the most innovative and relevant music school in the country, yet need financial assistance to do so.