A Steinway piano artist, Shelly Berg is the Dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He was previously the McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz Studies at the USC Thornton School of Music where he was on faculty for 16 years. He is a past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), and was honored as the 2003 "Educator of the Year" by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. In 2002, Shelly was the recipient of the IAJE Lawrence Berk Leadership Award and in 2000 the Los Angeles Times named him one of three "Educators for the Millennium." Shelly was a finalist in the 1988 Great American Jazz Piano Competition and has appeared as a performer and lecturer throughout the United States as well as in Canada, China, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Japan, Romania and Venezuela.