Dear Mason Music Family,

Please join us at Mason next week for extraordinary student concerts. We are pleased to feature the Big Band Showdown (ticketed event) this upcoming Monday, March 28 at 8pm in our Center for the Arts with performances by the Mason Jazz Ensemble, the Mason Jazz Workshop, and the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble. We are proud to present two free chamber concerts next Wednesday March 30 with our Mason Brass Chamber Ensembles at 12:30pm and our Woodwind Chamber Ensembles at 8pm. We are excited to present the Mason Percussion Ensemble and New Sound Collective in a free concert featuring contemporary chamber works next Thursday March 31 at 8pm.

Mark your calendars for GMU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Concert at the Hylton Recital Hall on Saturday April 2nd at 2pm and the Mason Jazz Guitar/Vocal Night at Epicure Cafe on April 2nd at 7pm. Purchase your tickets now for the George Mason University Chorale Broadway Showcase Night on Saturday, April 9th at 8pm at Hylton's Merchant Hall.

In addition, we have string masterclasses today (Friday) at 12:30pm with guest artists Edgar Meyer, bassist, and the Scottish Ensemble. This Sunday, March 27 at 10am we are presenting a Tuba Masterclass, Clinic, and Recital with Beth Mitchell and Avital Handler (registration is required). Please take note of the outstanding Mason student degree recitals (also presented via livestream) in the upcoming weeks. And now...let the music continue as we celebrate the performances of our Dewberry School of Music students!

Warmest regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson, Director
Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music
Upcoming Ensemble Concerts
Big Band Showdown
Directed by Prof. Jim Carroll, Prof. John Kocur,
and John Lewis
Monday, March 28, 8pm

Join the Mason Jazz Ensemble (director Jim Carroll), the Jazz Workshop (director John Kocur) and special guests, the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble (director John Lewis) for an evening that celebrates the hot sounds and swinging beats of the Big Band era!

Tickets: $12 General Public, $8 Seniors, $5 Students
Brass Chamber Ensembles Concert
Directed by Dr. Alan Carr,
Dr. Dave Porter, Dr. Michael Nickens
Wednesday, March 30, 12:30pm

Free Admission

We are proud to present the GMU student Chamber Brass Quintet and Quartet in concert! Each group will feature a couple of standard brass works but will also feature a new work for each group by Mason composition student Tyler Mire.
Wind Chamber Ensembles Concert
Directed by Dr. Kathy Mulcahy
Wednesday, March 30, 8pm

Free Admission

Join the students from the woodwind chamber music program for an evening of works by Haydn, Ford, Milhaud, Nelhybel, and more.
Percussion Ensemble and
New Sound Collective Concert
Directed by Profs. John Kilkenny, Kanako Chikami,
Jon Bisesi, and John Jansen
Thursday, March 31, 8pm

Free Admission

The Percussion Ensemble and the New Sound Collective explore sounds and space with a diverse and international program in this concert, featuring works by Burritt, Pawassar, Lewis, Weinberg, Gorosito and Alberto, and Harrison.
GMU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Concert
Directed by Dr. Dave Porter & Dr. Mark Jenkins
Saturday, April 2, 2pm

Free Admission

This concert features a broad display of repertoire, including classical, jazz, march, movie, and modern music styles.
Mason Jazz Guitar/Vocal Night at Epicure Cafe
Saturday, April 2, 7pm
11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

Join the Mason Jazz Guitar and Jazz Voice Studio for an evening of jazz standards and swinging hits! Music from 7pm-10pm. Open Jam Session at 10pm. With Brian Bera on bass and Nathan Hockey on drums!

$5 cover charge for entry.
Chorale Broadway Showcase
Directed by Dr. Lisa Billingham
Saturday, April 9, 8pm

The University Chorale presents a series of Broadway classics for their 2022 showcase at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, featuring favorites from Pippin, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Beetlejuice, Once On This Island, Mamma Mia!, and more!

Tickets: $20 General Public, $15 Seniors, $5 Students
Upcoming Masterclasses
Edgar Meyer &
The Scottish Ensemble Masterclass
Friday, March 25, 12:30pm

Open to current Mason students, faculty, and staff

Join us for a masterclass this Friday, March 25th at 12:30-1:20pm with renowned artists Edgar Meyer, bass soloist, and Jonathan Morton, Artistic Director of The Scottish Ensemble. Meyer will coach the Low Strings Masterclass in the Choral Room (PAB A323) while Morton coaches the Upper Strings Masterclass in the deLaski Rehearsal Hall (PAB 3001). Come learn valuable tips and tricks from these professional string players as they give constructive feedback to Mason's string students!
Tuba Masterclass, Clinic, & Recital:
with Beth Mitchell and Avital Handler
Sunday, March 27, 10am

Registration Required

All music directors, students, and families are invited to come see and hear the latest knowledge and musical presentations of tuba! International tuba professionals Beth Mitchell and Avital Handler present a masterclass, clinic, and recital at George Mason University during their tour across Israel and the United States. The GMU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble will also perform, as will GMU low brass faculty Dr. David Porter (tuba) and Dr. Mark Jenkins (euphonium). Learn more here.
Masterclass: Randy Campora, Trombone
Monday, April 4, 7:30pm

Open to current Mason students, faculty, and staff

Randy Campora, bass trombonist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will visit George Mason University to give a masterclass to the School of Music brass students. He currently teaches bass trombone at the Peabody Conservatory, and has appeared as a performer and masterclass clinician at the International Trombone Workshop and the Eastern Trombone Workshop. Campora has had private lessons with some of his favorite brass players, including Arnold Jacobs, Charles Vernon, and Joseph Alessi.
Spring 2022 Concert Series
Upcoming Student Recitals
Justin Miller, Doctoral Euphonium Lecture Recital
March 26, 7pm
deLaski 3001

Madalyn Walker, Master's Oboe Recital
March 27, 1pm
Hylton Recital Hall

Noah Freeman, Master's Trumpet Recital
March 27, 4pm
deLaski 3001

Case Hope, Senior Vocal Recital
April 2, 8pm
Hylton Recital Hall

Hannah Miles, Master's Piano Recital
April 3, 3pm
Harris Theatre

Linh Trinh An, Doctoral Piano Lecture Recital
April 4, 5pm
Harris Theatre

Hannah Pennisi, Senior Steel Pan Recital
April 4, 6pm
CFA Concert Hall

Ronald Lee, Senior Steel Pan Recital
April 4, 8pm
CFA Concert Hall

Colton Morris, Doctoral Percussion Lecture Recital
April 7, 8pm
deLaski 3001

Josias Ventura, Senior Tuba Recital
April 9, 4pm
Hylton Recital Hall

Andrew Sharrock, Master's Composition Recital
April 9, 6pm
Hylton Recital Hall

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 String Teachers Association Conference this past week! Nine Mason students attended and assisted Dr. June Huang, Director of Strings, with a presentation on teaching communication skills through chamber music. They performed a piece called Spheres of Influence by Ching-chu Hu. They will perform this piece again at the Kennedy Center on May 8, 2022 with the composer giving narrative. Pictured (Left to Right): Dr. June Huang, Joanna Zakzewski, Annette Lee, Jaclyn Kitcoff, Crystal Williams, Eddie Adams, Paige Sharkey, Brian Bera, Alex Keitt-Saenz, Robert Katz.
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