Dear Mason School of Music Family,

We offer our heart-felt congratulations to our 60 Mason Music Graduates who were awarded BA, BM, MM, DMA, and PhD degrees! We are also thrilled to welcome our largest-ever incoming class of 115 new music students in Fall 2018 (contrasted with 74 new music students in Fall 2017) into our various music degree programs. We are excited by the phenomenal growth of our School of Music, made possible by our stellar music faculty and outstanding curriculum in music performance, music education, music technology, jazz studies, music composition, conducting, and pedagogy. We are also grateful to our dedicated  Friends of Music at Mason   who assist with needed scholarship support for our exceptional music students. 

We are very pleased to welcome three new full-time faculty members for the upcoming year:  Dr. Robert Gillam , Music Technology;  Dr. Kathleen Mulcahy , Director of Woodwinds; and  Dr. Elissa Alvarez , Voice.  

You are welcome to join us for upcoming concerts in June organized by Mason's Community Arts Academy and the  National Jazz Workshop . Please note that our School of Music Fall 2018 Concert Series begins on Sunday, September 23rd, 3 pm, with the  Grand Piano Celebration .  Also mark your calendar now for  Arts by George  on Saturday evening, September 29th!  

Warm regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson
Director, School of Music
2018 Graduation
Undergraduate music students at the CVPA Degree Celebration on May 17. Left to right: Christine Connor, Jonathan Blank, David Anderson
Staff member Molly Baldovin received her master's degree in arts management and was the recipient of the Erin Gaffney Award for outstanding academic achievement.
Dr. Monson and Prof. Miller received the John Toups Presidential Medal for Excellence in Teaching. Read the article.

Margie Woods graduated with her PhD in Music Education. Her dissertation research focused on multicultural choral music.
New Full Time Faculty
Dr. Robert Gillam,
Music Technology
Dr. Gillam is an active educator, having taught at several higher-education institutions across the United States. His primary areas of interest are in music technology, composition, sound design, commercial music and music for media. While teaching at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Robert helped develop and implement an innovative sound design curriculum.
Dr. Kathleen Mulcahy,
Director of Woodwinds
Kathleen Mulcahy joined the George Mason University faculty as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet in 2012, and performs throughout the Washington, D.C. area as an orchestral and chamber musician. From 2014 – 2016 she served as clarinet and bass clarinet with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has held tenured positions with the Annapolis, Buffalo, and Grant Park Orchestras. She is principal clarinetist with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, and appears regularly with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. 
Dr. Elissa Alvarez,
Noted by the Boston Globe for her “intensely lyrical” singing, soprano Elissa Alvarez is an equally enthusiastic interpreter of recital, concert, and operatic repertoire spanning early music to works of the twenty-first century. Recent engagements include appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society at Tanglewood, in Boston at Jordan and Symphony Halls, and in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Bernstein’s Mass with the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra and Choruses, and as guest artist for both Tufts University’s New at Noon new music series and Bucknell University’s Debussy Centenary Symposium.
Summer Music Programs
Mason Community Arts Academy
Mason music continues over the summer with 22 Mason Community Arts Academy camps including a flute academy, music recording camp, the art of filmscoring, and more! Consider attending the FREE concerts in June, listed below.

Summer Music Intensive Week Final Concert
(Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Percussion, Composition)
Friday, June 22, 2-4pm, Harris Theatre

Ovations Summer Strings Academy Chamber Concert
Thursday, June 28, 6-8pm, Harris Theatre

Ovations Summer Strings Academy Final Concert
Friday, June 29, 6-8pm, Harris Theatre

All concerts feature summer program participant performers and are FREE and open to the public to attend!
The National Jazz Workshop
The National Jazz Workshop celebrates 10 years of Jazz Education in 2018! 

Free concerts open to the public June 24-29, see poster.

NJW offers an intensive, fully comprehensive curriculum to include improvisation, big band and small-group performance pedagogy, composition, jazz history, arranging and vocal and instrumental master classes. 
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Presentation at Classical Singer National Convention
Dr. Mira Yang, applied voice faculty member, presented a lecture on vocal science and health at the recent Classical Singer National Convention in Boston.
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