Dear Mason Music Family,

Please join us for the final performances in our Dewberry Faculty Artist Series this Sunday, March 6 in Harris Theater (live-stream viewing options are also available).  Original compositions of Dr. Glenn Smith will be featured in the 3 pm concert; Dr. Anna Balakerskaia and Friends will be featured in the 7 pm concert.  

We are excited to present the Mason Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Soo Han, this upcoming Monday, March 7, at 8 pm in our Center for the Arts. This concert features two of our student concerto competition winners: GaYoung Lee performing Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and Rosie Wright performing "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville. In addition, the orchestra will perform Mark Camphouse's Resolutions and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade.

We invite you to hear our Trombone Choir on Tuesday, March 8th under the direction of Dr. Alan Carr.  We also are pleased to present the University Singers next Wednesday, March 9th under the direction of Dr. Lisa Billingham. Choral works by Mozart, Dawson, Hagenberg, and Einojuhani will be featured. 

And now...let the music continue!  

Warmest regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson, Director
Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music
Dewberry Faculty Artist Series
Dewberry Faculty Artist Series
Glenn Smith, Composition
Sunday, March 6, 3:00pm
Harris Theatre
Director of Composition Glenn Smith will present an evening of his own compositions, performed by fellow Mason faculty members and friends.

Featured compositions of Glenn Smith include solo piano works performed by Linda Apple Monson, woodwind trio performed by Emily Foster, oboe; Kathleen Mulcahy, clarinet; and Christopher Jewell, bassoon.  Additional performers include Anna Balakerskaia, pianist; Claire Eichhorn, clarinet; and Ricardo Cyncynates as well as guitarists Tim Evans and Sean Dodson.

Admission is FREE, but registration is required.
Dewberry Faculty Artist Series
Anna and Friends
Sunday, March 6, 7:00pm
Harris Theatre

Join piano faculty member Anna Balakerskaia and the Ensemble da Camera of Washington as they present an evening of chamber music. The trio will perform treasured chamber works from Mozart and Beethoven.

Admission is FREE, but registration is required.
Upcoming Ensemble Concerts
Mason Symphony Orchestra and
Concerto Soloists
Directed by Dr. Soo Han
Monday, March 7, 8pm

Join the Mason Symphony Orchestra on a journey of a thousand and one nights as they perform Rimsky-Korsakov's groundbreaking work Scheherezade. Inspired by stories from Tales of the Arabian Nights, this masterful work tells the tales of the princess Scheherezade and Sinbad the Sailor.

This concert features our incredible student concerto competition winners: GaYoung Lee performing movement III of Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto, and Rosie Wright performing "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville.

GaYoung Lee is a DMA piano student of Dr. Linda Monson and Rosie Wright is a BM vocal student of Prof. Patricia Miller.
Meet Our Concerto Soloists
GaYoung Lee, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is a doctoral candidate in Piano Performance at George Mason University as a piano student of Dr. Linda Apple Monson.  GaYoung has performed as a collaborative pianist for Mason’s opera productions and has accompanied many instrumental and voice studios at George Mason University. GaYoung Lee recently won a gold medal in the prestigious 2021 Grand Maestro International Music Competition and a silver medal in the 2021 North American Virtuoso International Music Competition. GaYoung earned her master's degree in Piano Performance at Mason and her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance at the Catholic University of Korea. She won First prize from The Piano Society of Korea and was the Second place winner in both the Young Artist Piano Concours and Brahms Concours. In addition, GaYoung Lee has participated in numerous master classes and music festivals held in Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.
Rosie Wright is currently a fourth-year Senior vocal performance major studying with Professor Patricia Miller. She is a mezzo-soprano from Harrisonburg, VA, and she has enjoyed performing with George Mason's Chamber Singers, University Chorale, and Mason Opera in their Fall and Spring productions. Some of her most notable roles have been Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Nerone in the Coronation of Poppea, and coming up this spring 2022 she will be singing the title role in Rossini’s Cenerentola. In February 2021, Rosie won first in the Friday Morning Music Club’s Sue Goetz Ross competition for voice, and in the same year she won first in the VA State, and Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), allowing her to advance to the semi-final round of NATS at the National level.
Trombone Choir Spring Concert
Directed by Dr. Alan Carr
Tuesday, March 8, 7pm

Free Admission
University Singers Concert
Directed by Dr. Lisa Billingham
Wednesday, March 9, 8:00pm
Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Under the direction of Dr. Lisa Billingham, the University Singers is a select choral ensemble at Mason dedicated to the performance of advanced vocal chamber music.

This concert features a variety of choral works, including works by Mozart, Dawson, Hagenberg, and Einojuhani Rautavaara.
Spring 2022 Concert Series
Upcoming Student Recitals
Zach Sellers, Senior Trombone Music Education Recital
March 3, 7pm
Harris Theatre

Nelly Solares, Senior Vocal Music Education Recital
March 4, 7pm
Harris Theatre

Julia Brice, Clarinet Non-Degree Recital
March 5, 3pm
deLaski 3001

Madelyn Austin, Master's Oboe Recital
March 6, 12pm
deLaski 3001

Jon Farrington, Junior Tuba Recital
March 9, 7pm
Harris Theatre

All student recitals will occur live and in-person. A live-stream link will be available as the recital date approaches.
Mason Music was well represented at the American Choral Directors Association Conference this past weekend! On the left: Dr. Darden Purcell and the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble presented "Shaping the Sound: Attaining Authenticity in your Jazz and Pop Vocal Ensemble" at the American Choral Directors Association, Southern Region conference in Raleigh, NC. On the right: Bryan Stenson, DMA candidate in choral conducting, presents during poster sessions accompanied by Dr. Lisa Billingham, Director of Choral Activities.
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