Dear Mason School of Music Family,

We are proud of our Mason School of Music vocalists who participated in the 2020 Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Competition last weekend. Mason singers soared in this prestigious vocal competition with 4 first place winners, 4 second place winners, 1 third place winner, and 9 students who were awarded honors! This is an incredible accomplishment for Mason's Vocal Studies area!   

We hope you will join us for our extraordinary Faculty Artist Series, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert, Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert, fascinating lecture-recitals, and masterclasses as highlighted throughout this newsletter. 

Thank you for your enthusiastic support of our marvelous School of Music students and faculty.

Warm regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson
Director, School of Music
Upcoming Concerts
Faculty Artist Series: Chris Jewell & Emily Foster
Friday, February 21st, 8:00 PM
Harris Theatre

Free Admission, MUSI 300
Faculty Artist Series: Kathy Mulcahy, clarinet
Sunday, February 23rd, 3:00 PM
Harris Theatre

Free Admission, MUSI 300
Faculty Artist Series: Eunae Ko Han, piano
Sunday, February 23rd, 7:00 PM
Harris Theatre

Free Admission, MUSI 300
Music and Math: A Harmonious Intersection
Presented by Dr. Linda Monson
Tuesday, February 25th, 3:00 PM
Monson Grand Tier
(Center for the Arts 3rd floor)

Free Admission, MUSI 300
Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert
Tuesday, February 25th, 8:00 PM
Center for the Arts
Beyond the Notes Lecture Series
Religious Imagery in Music:
The Angels of Rautavaara
Presented by Luke Ratcliffe
Piano student of Dr. Linda A. Monson
Friday, February 28th, 12:30 PM
deLaski 3001

Free Admission, MUSI 300
Mason Jazz Festival
Saturday, February 29th
Harris Theatre

The Airmen of Note will be presenting a free concert in
Harris Theatre at 7:00 PM on February 29th.

Find out more about the Mason Jazz Festival here !
Faculty Artist Series: David Porter, tuba
Sunday, March 1st, 3:00 PM
Harris Theatre

Free Admission, MUSI 300
Faculty Artist Series: Anna Balakerskaia,
Piano and Friends
Sunday, March 1st, 7:00 PM
Harris Theatre

Free Admission, MUSI 300
Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert
Featuring Concerto Competition Winners
Wednesday, March 4th, 8:00 PM
Center for the Arts
The King's Singers Vocal Masterclass
Friday, March 6th, 1:45 - 2:45 PM
Choral Room (Performing Arts Building A323)

Free Admission, MUSI 300
Spring 2020 Series
Last weekend, Mason vocal students participated in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing competition (NATS) held at Old Dominion University. The NATS competition draws hundreds of vocalists from all over Virginia each year. Kudos to Mason's Vocal Studies area for the tremendous number of awards and honors!
The GMU Faculty Woodwind Quintet was selected to perform last weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention! The quintet features Prof. Julianna Nickel (flute), Dr. Meg Owens (oboe), Prof. James Nickel (horn), Prof. Chris Jewell (bassoon), and Dr. Kathy Mulcahy (clarinet).
On January 16-19, eight students from the GMU Music Technology program traveled to Anaheim, CA to attend the NAMM show, the annual global music products trade show. Riley Baisch, Mike Li, Yemar Marcano, Tia Maxfield, Brooke Nevius, Sonja Phillips-Thomas, Emily Stedman, and Ryan Urgel had the opportunity to attend professional development sessions, concerts, industry panels, networking sessions and visit more than 7,000 music products, pro-audio, and live event technology exhibits. For many students, attending the NAMM show is the first step in the door to a career in the music products industry.

In addition, Riley Baisch, Brooke Nevius, Sonja Phillips-Thomas, and Ryan Urgel were awarded the NAMM President’s Innovation Award which honors college students who demonstrate excellence in the field of music and who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. This award includes a scholarship that helps cover the cost of conference travel.

To see what the NAMM experience looks like check out Sonja’s vlog:
Kelian Mike Lee, Undergraduate Music Technology and Composition student, will be presenting his paper titled "Spatialized Real-Time Additive Resynthesis in Max/MSP-using Spat and Sigmund" at the annual IRCAM ( Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) Conference in Paris, France this Spring! Read more about IRCAM here .
Alumni Concert
The Alexandria Guitars will present an evening of chamber music at Fairfax Old Town Hall on Friday, February 28th at 8:00 PM! This ensemble, which includes Mason alumni Sean Dodson, Jeffrey Baker, and Tim Evans, will be performing a variety of works by Shostakovich, Handel, and more. This performance will feature Mason faculty composer Dr. Glenn Smith and guitar faculty Prof. Matt Trkula.
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