Our choir is made up of enthusiastic avocational singers with varying levels of musical training. We welcome any and all interested in making a joyful noise provided they attend at least one Thursday night rehearsal. Our musical selections range in style from Renaissance to Broadway, while hitting every style we can think of in between.
Rehearsals Thursdays 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Warm-up Sundays 10:15-10:50 a.m.
Service Sundays 11:00-12:15 p.m.
Music & Choir Director: Frank Ragsdale
Pianist, Joseph Talleda
Pianist and collaborative artist Dr. Joseph Talleda joined UU Miami in the spring of 2015. His diverse experience includes recital appearances, opera productions, choral events, and much more. He has been privileged to perform with seasoned professionals as well as student musicians. Among the more notable performers with whom he has shared the stage are violinist Glenn Basham, flutist Robert Billington, and tubist J. Samuel Pilafian. He has also acted as collaborative artist for many student recitals and served as pianist for the University of Miami's Collegium Musicum, Recital Chorale, Women’s Chorale and Men’s Chorale.
Currently, Dr.Talleda is on the adjunct faculty roster at MiamiDade College, where he teaches class piano and has also taught fundamentals of music and music appreciation. In the 2014-2015 school year, he was actively involved in the musical life of the Kendall Campus of Miami-Dade College as accompanist for its Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, and Men’s Choir. Also in the 2014-2015 season, Dr.Talleda and Kendall Campus head of keyboard studies K. Wayne Bumpers premiered the piano duet Variations on Amazing Grace by local AfroAmerican composer James Ford.
Joseph studied with Louis Nagel at the University of Michigan, with Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, and Claude Frank at the Yale School of Music, with Eckart Sellheim and Caio Pagano at Arizona State University, and with Paul Posnak and J. B. Floyd at the University of Miami. He was an apprentice vocal coach at the 1997 Merola Opera Program and a seminarian in vocal coaching and accompanying at the 1993 Tanglewood Music Center.