Dear Mason School of Music Family,

I wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving with family, friends, great food, and fantastic music! Thank you for sharing the joy of music with us at George Mason University. We are so proud of our amazing School of Music students, faculty, staff, and alumni!  

Our music education students and faculty were well-represented last week at the Virginia Music Educators' Association (VMEA) Conference. We are grateful for our many music alumni who are making a difference as awesome instrumental and choral music teachers throughout the commonwealth!  

I just returned from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) conference for music executives in Chicago where I am honored to serve as a member of the Commission. It gives me great joy to report that Mason's School of Music continues to shine...locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally!

We hope to see you at our School of Music special upcoming performances, including our Mason Opera at the Hylton on December 6 and 7 and the Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert on December 8. Please purchase your tickets now for these stunning events!

We are also excited to offer a number of free concerts in the upcoming weeks, including our wonderful String Chamber Ensemble December 10th on campus and also December 11th at the Fairfax Old Town Hall. Additionally, we will have an emphasis on showcasing new works with our New Sound Collective Concert on December 2nd and our Electronic Composition concert on December 9th. Please join us! 

We are thankful for your support of our Mason School of Music students and programs. Happy Thanksgiving!

With gratitude,
Dr. Linda A. Monson
Director, School of Music
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Mason Opera: Offenbach's Mesdames de la Halle
Friday, December 6th - Saturday, December 7th
Hylton Performing Arts Center Gregory Family Theater
Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with Mason Opera and its exciting December production of Mesdames de la Halle, a comic one-act opérette bouffe by Jacques Offenbach, with libretto by Armand Lapointe. First performed in Paris in 1859, this charming comedy revolves around the competitive street vendors of a famous Parisian fruit and vegetable market, “La Halle.” All the women vendors have fallen head over heels in love with the handsome, young, kitchen boy, Croûte-au-pot, and they compete for his attention. Croûte-au-pot however loves the beautiful fruit vendor, Ciboulette. After a comedy of errors and misplaced identity, true love triumphs! Performed in English, this delightful opera is full of the beautiful music and comedic genius of Offenbach, and will bring laughter and joy to patrons of all ages!
Mason Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Dr. Dennis Layendecker, Director
Sunday, December 8th, 7:00 PM
Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Free Music Events
New Sound Collective
Contemporary Music Ensemble Concert
Dr. Andrew Cote, Director
Monday, December 2nd, 8:00 PM

Free Admission
MUSI 300 available
Electronic Composition Concert
Monday, December 9th, 1:30 PM
deLaski 3001

Free admission
MUSI 300 available
Duo Piano Recital
Featuring works by Schubert and Rachmaninoff
Monday, December 9th, 3:30 PM
Harris Theatre

Free admission
MUSI 300 available
String Chamber Concert
Prof. June Huang, Director
Tuesday, December 10th, 8:00 PM
Harris Theatre

Free admission
MUSI 300 available
City of Fairfax Concert
Join us for a monthly showcase of the spectacular students from George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The events are free and will be at Old Town Hall (3999 University Drive, Fairfax).
Spring 2020 Series
Mark Your Calendars!
Prospective Student Event
The School of Music recently hosted Horn Day, an annual event for horn players of all ages. The day included masterclasses, workshops, and performances. We would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Paul Ebert for his generous support of a Horn Studies Endowment for our Mason School of Music!
Mason School of Music students, faculty, staff, and alumni attended the annual Virginia Music Educators Association conference last weekend in Hot Springs, Virginia.
Prof. Linda Gammon, Mason alumna and School of Music faculty member, was recently inducted into the Virginia Music Educators Association Hall of Fame! Congratulations to Prof. Gammon!
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