Dear Mason School of Music Family,

We are thrilled to invite you to an exciting Spring 2019 Series of wonderful musical concerts, lectures, and masterclasses highlighting our amazing faculty and students. Please join us this weekend for the Navy Band performance on Friday night at 7 pm and our Faculty Artist Series featuring Dr. David Porter, tuba, on Saturday night at 8 pm. Our Global Connections continue with two of our Mason Music ensembles traveling internationally this month. Dr. Stan Engebretson's SoundCheque Vocal Ensemble is performing in Cologne, Germany this week and Prof. Victor Provost's Steel Pan Ensemble is performing in Trinidad and Tobago during Carnival. We are very grateful to the University Provost's Office for support of these international cultural experiences for our music students.  

We are looking forward to an exciting new event for our School of Music this year:  A Musical Feast Gala celebration on Saturday, May 4th, a benefit for music scholarships. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us! 
Dr. Linda A. Monson
Director, School of Music
Upcoming Performances
Navy Band Chamber Concert
Friday, February 8th, 7:00pm
Harris Theatre

This exciting chamber concert will feature works by Strauss, Plog, Reich, and Stravinsky. View full program here.
Navy Band Double Bass Masterclass
with Kyle Augustine
Friday, February 8th, 4:00pm
MTB 2018
Faculty Artist Series: Dr. David Porter, Tuba
Saturday, February 9th, 8:00pm
Harris Theatre

View program here.
Faculty Artist Series: Kathy Mulcahy, Clarinet;
June Huang, Violin
Saturday, February 16th, 7:00pm
Harris Theatre
Mason Percussion Recital
Sunday, February 17th, 4:00pm
Church of the Holy Comforter
543 Beulah Rd
Vienna, VA 22180

Performing an eclectic array of music from Aldridge to Bach, snare drums to marimbas.
Faculty Artist Series: Christopher Jewell, Bassoon
Sunday, February 17th, 7:00pm
Harris Theatre
Faculty Artist Series: Dr. Glenn Smith, Composition
Friday, February 22nd, 8:00pm
Harris Theatre
Ellington Sacred Concert
Vocal Sound Cheque and University Singers
directed by Dr. Stan Engebretson
Saturday, February 23rd, 8:00pm
Harris Theatre
Spring 2019 Series
Beyond the Notes lectures are free and open to the public.
All Faculty Artist Series recitals are free and are held in Harris Theatre.
For ticket information: or (888) 945-2468.
Save the Date
Recent Faculty Hires

Prof. Karen Johnson, Violin
Read more about Professor Johnson here.
Prof. Kerry Wilkerson, Voice
Read more about Professor Wilkerson here.
Global Connections
The Mason School of Music is proud to send one of our choral performing groups, Soundcheque, to Cologne, Germany this week through Mason's Global Discovery Program. Students will perform Ellington Sacred Concert, as well as perform the world premiere of Da Pacem (In Search of Peace) in major churches and cathedrals. Later in February, Cologne's Hochschule für Musik jazz band will come to Washington, D.C. to perform Ellington Sacred Concert with us at Mason as part of an exchange program/residence.
Members of our Steel Pan Ensemble (directed by Victor Provost) have been awarded funding to travel to Trinidad this month and participate in Carnival! They will be performing with a number of different steel bands, visiting the University of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Museum, and participating in a range of cultural exchange activities.
The GMU Music Technology program is proud to announce that one of our students, Kelian (Mike) Li, has been chosen to receive a President’s Innovation Award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. The NAMM President’s Innovation Award honors college students who demonstrate excellence in the field of music and who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry.

Mr. Li will receive a one-time cash award to go toward travel expenses to attend The NAMM Show, the annual global music products trade show in Anaheim, CA January 24-27, 2019. He will have the opportunity to attend professional development sessions and visit more than 7,000 music products, pro- audio, and live event technology exhibits. In addition, award winners will have access to concerts, special events and networking sessions. 

For more information on the NAMM show and the President’s Innovation Award please visit:
Recent Brass Performances
In December, our brass chamber ensembles were given the wonderful opportunity to perform in a masterclass for the The Canadian Brass in the Monson Grand Tier of the Center for the Arts. Members of The Canadian Brass listened to the student performances and provided their insight and feedback.
Last weekend, the Mason Tuba Euphonium Ensemble performed at the US Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference in Fort Meyer, VA. The annual workshop featured concerts, recitals, exhibits, master classes, and lectures by leading low brass authorities from around the world.
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