Dear Students, Colleagues, Alumni, and Friends,

At this mid-way point of the Fall semester, we have made such remarkable progress together! Despite considerable initial trepidation about the daunting challenges, we are grateful to report that our students and faculty are having wonderful musical experiences with live instruction on campus while strict safety protocols are being followed. We are also conducting virtual music instruction for both applied lessons and academic classes via remote delivery format. We are so proud of our music faculty and students for the incredibly effective and inspiring music teaching, learning, and performances that are happening during this challenging time of Covid 19.

We invite you to join us for our talented students' live-streamed degree recitals from Harris Theater. We encourage your participation in the Dewberry School of Music Black Artist Series featuring Shawn Okpebholo, composer; Wycliffe Gordon, trombonist; and Dr. Louise Toppin, soprano.  We are thrilled to host outstanding masterclasses, concerts, lectures, and instrument days, which you may stream as outlined in this newsletter.  

We are grateful to our Friends of Music at Mason (FOMM) for their continuous marvelous support of our music students. New Friends are always welcomed! Please contact Linda Harber, President of FOMM [] with any questions.  We would love to have you join us.

And now...let the music continue! 

Warmest regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson, Director
Black Artist Series
October 29th, 4:30 PM
Shawn Okpebholo, Composition

A widely sought-after and award-winning composer, Shawn E. Okpebholo (b. 1981) has been described by Augusta Read Thomas as "...a beautiful artist ...who has enormous grace in his music, and fantasy and color." Okpebholo comfortably composes in a variety of styles and genres, intentional in creating music that is diverse, dynamic, and genuine.

Read more about Mr. Okpebholo here.
Meeting ID: 949 6868 9029
Passcode: 910084
October 30th, 11:30 AM Wycliffe Gordon, Trombone

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation.
Read about Mr. Gordon here.

Meeting ID: 894 7873 7235
Passcode: trombone
Vocal Masterclass with Dr. Louise Toppin, Soprano
Thursday, November 5th, 3:00 PM

Learn more about Dr. Toppin here.
Meeting ID: 957 7800 2624
Passcode: 191479
Upcoming Concerts, Masterclasses, and Lectures
George Mason University's School of Theater
Gaining Ground: A Celebration of Diverse Voices
in Musical Theater
Friday, October 23rd, 8:00 PM

The Mason School of Theater presents Gaining Ground, a virtual musical revue presented through the auspices of our Musical Theater program and Mason Arts at Home on Friday, October 23 at 8pm. Gaining Ground is part of the School of Theater’s year-long Jubilee celebration designed to feature works generated by those who have historically been underserved---including black, indigenous people of color (BIPOC), women and members of the LGBTQIA2+ communities.  The program features Dewberry School of Music artists Drummer Michael Barranco, Electric and Acoustic Bass player Brian Bera and Music Director Joe Walsh on piano and keys.
Registration for this free event is not required, but it will ensure you receive a reminder email with details for how to watch prior to the scheduled event.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
with Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Sunday, October 25th, 7:00 PM

With a Pre-Performance Discussion moderated by
Dr. Linda A. Monson: 6:15 - 6:45 PM

This engaging performance is hosted by CMS Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han and features conversations with the artists. In this performance, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and flutist Tara Helen O’Connor play Mozart’s Concerto in D minor for Piano, Flute, and Strings. McDermott returns to perform Smetana’s Trio in G minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello.
Elisabeth Adkins Strings Masterclass
Friday, October 30th, 12:30 PM
Read more about Dr. Adkins here.
Meeting ID: 937 2470 2455
Passcode: 313079
Bassoon Masterclass with Prof. Chris Jewell
Saturday, October 31st, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protest Music Lecture Series
The Method: Using Call and Response to
Sustain the Struggle for Equality
Presented by Dr. Matthew Dievendorf and
Dr. Michael W. Nickens
Monday, November 2nd, 12:30 PM
Composing and Arranging for Horn
with Major Ryan J. Nowlin
“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
Friday, November 6th, 12:30 PM

Assistant Director Major Ryan J. Nowlin joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2010 as staff arranger. He was appointed Assistant Director and commissioned a first lieutenant in July 2014, earned the rank of captain in July 2016, and was promoted to his current rank in January 2020. He was appointed Executive Officer and Senior Assistant Director in May 2018. With “The President’s Own,” Maj. Nowlin has arranged and composed a variety of music for the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, brass ensembles, and various small ensembles.

Zoom link TBA
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center:
Michael Brown, piano
Sunday, November 8th, 7:00 PM

with a pre-concert discussion led by Dr. Tom Owens
Jazz 4 Justice
Jazz 4 Justice
Virtual Event
Friday, November 20th
8:00 PM
Established in 2001 by Fairfax, Virginia attorney Edward L. Weiner, Esq. and Founder of Mason Jazz Studies, Jim Carroll, Jazz4Justice™ is an award-winning annual concert presented by Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) and Mason Jazz Studies. This year's celebration concert will be a virtual highlight of Mason Jazz students and faculty. Proceeds from the evening benefit LSNV to continue its mission of service to the Northern Virginia community as well as providing financial support for the Mason Jazz Studies area for trips, recordings and student projects.
Upcoming Instrument Days
Fall 2020
Student Recitals
Our talented student artists will be presenting their recitals this semester virtually. View upcoming recitals here.

Coming soon:

Ryan Salak, Senior Trumpet Music Education Recital
Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 5:30pm

Michael Barranco, Doctoral Percussion Recital
Friday, Oct 30, 2020 5:30pm

Yechan Lim, Senior Piano Recital
Friday, Nov 06, 2020 8:00pm

Ricardo Nuñez, Senior Percussion Music Education Recital
Saturday, Nov 07, 2020 2:00pm

Megan Slay, Graduate Piano Recital
Sunday, Nov 08, 2020 5:30pm
Mason Music Ambassadors
We are thrilled to welcome a new group of Mason Music Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 year, as well as our continuing Ambassadors! The Mason Music Ambassadors are a group of student leaders who have been selected by our faculty to represent their performance and academic areas with distinction. The ambassadors serve as student liaisons for incoming music students. Click here to read about all of our wonderful Student Ambassadors.
Kudos to our Music Faculty!

Dr. Emily Green (Professor of Music History) recently had her article "How to Read a Rondeau" published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society! Read about her publication here.

Dr. Charles Ciorba (Director of Music Education) recently had an article accepted for publication! His article, "The Creation and Validation of a Jazz Theory Measure: Implications for Improvisation Education" will soon be published in the International Journal of Music Education.
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