Dear Mason Music Family,
We hope you will join us for a thrilling Mason Symphony Orchestra and University Choirs concert this Sunday (May 8) at 7 pm in our beautiful Center for the Arts. Three student soloists are featured as winners of the annual concerto/aria competition, including  Eduardo Fajardo (flute), Madeline Manaker (soprano), and Ethan Walter (violin).  

We are also pleased to celebrate our Friends of Music at Mason Honoree of the Year, Barbara Jacksier, at this Sunday evening's special concert festivities.  

We are featuring exceptional student artists in the Dewberry School of Music Honors Recital on Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm in Harris Theater. Outstanding instrumentalists, singers, and pianists were chosen via audition for this prestigious Honors Recital performance.

Please join us for our many student degree recitals (also live-streamed to our audiences) and chamber music performances. We look forward to sharing beautiful music with you as we celebrate Mason's marvelous students from the Dewberry School of Music!

We want to thank, honor, and celebrate three wonderful faculty members who are retiring or moving out of the area after this Spring 2022 term.  We are indebted to these amazing faculty members for their contributions to our Mason School of Music for a combined total of 75 years of service! Please help us celebrate and thank Prof. Mark Camphouse, Prof. Glen McCarthy, and Prof. Glenn Dewey for their many years of outstanding teaching, artistry, and service to George Mason University. 

Warmest regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson, Director
Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music
Upcoming Concerts
Mason Symphony Orchestra
with Concerto Soloists
and University Choirs
Sunday, May 8, 7pm

Join the Dewberry School of Music for its spring finale concert highlighting the Mason Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Soo Han and the University Choirs under the direction of Dr. Lisa Billingham.

This concert features solo works performed by three student winners of the Mason Symphony Concerto Competition: Madeline Manaker (soprano), Eduardo Fajardo (flute), and Ethan Walter (violin).

The orchestra's finale will be the thrilling final two movements of Stravinsky's "The Firebird Suite (1919)". The University Choirs will finish the concert with a beautiful arrangement of "Let There Be Peace on Earth" - audience sing-a-long encouraged!

Tickets: $20 General Public, $15 Seniors, $5 Students
Honors Recital
Sunday, May 15, 3pm

Free Admission

The Honors Recital is a premier recital opportunity for Dewberry School of Music students who auditioned for a faculty panel and were selected to perform. This recital features solo works, duos, trios, and some chamber pieces.
Upcoming Chamber Recitals
Lab Band & Orchestra Concert
Friday, May 6, 11:30am

Free Admission

The School of Music Lab Band and Lab Orchestra Ensembles provide an opportunity for music education students to practice leading ensembles with their peers before they become student teachers. This concert is a performance showcasing the skills these music education students have learned this semester. 
Piano Chamber Concert
Friday, May 6, 8pm

Free Admission

Piano Chamber Ensembles under the direction of Dr. Anna Balakerskaia perform piano chamber repertoire they have studied this semester.
String Chamber Ensembles Concert
Monday, May 9, 6pm

Free Admission

String Chamber Ensembles under the direction of Prof. June Huang perform string chamber repertoire they have studied this semester.
Upcoming Student Recitals
Kristine Lowkis, Senior Piano Music Education Recital
May 7, 10am
Harris Theatre

Rui Tang, Master's Piano Recital
May 7, 12pm
Harris Theatre

Noah Dengler, Senior Percussion Music Education Recital
May 7, 5pm
deLaski 3001

Yiyao James Hao, Doctoral Piano Recital
May 9, 8am
Video broadcast only - not in-person

Charles Murdock, Junior Vocal Jazz Recital
May 9, 5pm
Harris Theatre

Bryan Dicks, Junior Jazz Guitar Recital
May 9, 7pm
Harris Theatre

Nathan Hockey, Junior Steel Pan Recital
May 10, 5pm
Harris Theatre

Jackson Hollaway, Senior Jazz Guitar Recital
May 10, 7pm
Harris Theatre

Joe Antonucci, Doctoral Trumpet Recital
May 14, 10am
Harris Theatre

Willis Rosenfeld, Doctoral Choral Conducting Recital
May 14, 12pm
Harris Theatre

Anh Nguyen, Doctoral Piano Recital
May 14, 2pm
Harris Theatre

Yingfei Li, Doctoral Piano Recital
May 14, 4pm
Harris Theatre

Hao Zhang, Doctoral Piano Recital
May 14, 6pm
Harris Theatre

GaYoung Lee, Doctoral Piano Recital
May 16, 6pm
Harris Theatre

Jiye Kim, Doctoral Piano Recital
May 16, 8pm
Harris Theatre

Wenru Yang, Doctoral Piano Recital
May 17, 6pm
Harris Theatre

Yiran He, Doctoral Piano Recital
May 17, 8pm
Harris Theatre

John Sutherland Earle Piano Recital
May 18, 5pm
Harris Theatre

Kristina Bhardwaj, Senior Piano Recital
May 18, 8pm
Harris Theatre

All student recitals will occur live and in-person. A live-stream link will be available as the recital date approaches.
Faculty Retirements
Prof. Mark Camphouse, Director of Concert Bands; Composition & Conducting

Congratulations to Prof. Mark Camphouse on his upcoming retirement!  This academic year is Professor Camphouse’s 44th year of full-time teaching in higher education. In 2006, Professor Camphouse joined our faculty of George Mason University where he has served with distinction as Director of Concert Bands and conductor of the wind symphony.  Additionally, Prof. Camphouse has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, conducting, orchestration, and analysis at Mason. We recognize the extraordinary impact of Mark Camphouse on our music profession--as a leading composer, conductor, and educator.  
Prof. Glen McCarthy,
Class Guitar Adjunct Faculty

Congratulations to Prof. Glen McCarthy on his upcoming retirement! He has taught class guitar at Mason since 1991--a total of 31 years! Prof. McCarthy's lifetime of teaching, artistry, and service to our beloved music education profession are deeply valued and appreciated. He is the past chair of the NAfME Council for Guitar Education, the past chair of the ASTA Guitar-in-the-Schools Committee and a co-chair and clinician for Teaching Guitar Workshops. The Grammy Foundation recognized Glen McCarthy as one of the top ten music educators in the United States in 2014.
Prof. Glenn Dewey,
Bass Adjunct Professor

Prof. Glenn Dewey has taught applied double bass (both classical and jazz) at Mason since 1994 as an adjunct professor and has also served as Producer of Mason Music Productions. Glen recently retired as bassist with “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C.  His fluency in many musical languages has provided him with a wealth of memorable experiences and opportunities. Congratulations to Prof. Dewey on his new full- time position as Assistant Prof. of Double Bass at Oklahoma State University, starting in the Fall of 2022. 
Congratulations to Dr. Emily Green for receiving the George Mason University Teacher of Distinction Award at the Teaching Excellence Awards Ceremony on May 2nd. This prestigious University award celebrates Dr. Green's exceptional teaching and commitment to teaching-related activities. 
Special congratulations to two of our current flute students, Julie McDonald and Eduardo Fajardo, students of Julianna Nickel!

Julie McDonald, currently a doctoral student, won a piccolo/C flute spot in the Professional Flute Choir for the National Flute Association's 2022 Convention taking place this summer in Chicago.

Eduardo Fajardo, currently an undergraduate student, was selected to perform for the Marina Piccinini International Masterclasses in this summer in Marlboro, Vermont.

Huge congratulations to vocal jazz student Dominique Bianco on being awarded "Vocal Jazz Soloist - Undergraduate College Outstanding Performance" in the 45th Annual DownBeat Student Music Awards! Dominique is a student of Dr. Darden Purcell.
Summer Programs
Mason Community Arts Academy
Summer Programs

Registration now open!

Mason Community Arts Academy offers enriching and inclusive workshops, programs, and summer camps focused on both artistry and skill-building. The programs connect you with Mason faculty, professional teaching artists, and experienced arts educators.

Summer 2022 adult programs offer Teacher Training Programs & Workshops including:
Summer Conducting Symposium (*New!*)
Led by Dewberry School of Music faculty
Anthony Maiello & Soo Han
July 5-9, 2022
9:00am - 4:00pm
Orff Schulwerk Music Teacher Training
Become certified!
All course levels I-II-II offered
July 18-29, 2022 (two weeks)
8:30am - 4:30pm
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