Dear Dewberry School of Music Family,

We are pleased to present wonderful concerts and recitals featuring our marvelous faculty and student artists, as well as a series of masterclasses and lectures with guest artists and clinicians.  Please join us as we celebrate the joy of music this spring at Mason!

Warmest regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson, Director
Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music
Upcoming Events
Piano Trio Chamber Concert
Featuring Mason doctoral student GaYoung Lee
and Friends
Saturday, April 3rd, 7:00 PM

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Euphonium Masterclass with David Werden, Former Principal Euphoniumist with the
US Coast Guard Band
Monday, April 5th, 12:30 PM
Flute Masterclass with Nestor Torres
"Latin Jazz Fundamentals"
Monday, April 5th, 12:30 PM
Percussion Masterclass with Pablo Rieppi
Mason Alumnus (BM Performance '92)
Wednesday, April 7th, 12:30 PM

A native of Uruguay, Prof. Pablo Rieppi currently serves as the Visiting Associate Professor of Percussion at Oberlin Conservatory. He has also served as a member of The New York City Ballet Orchestra. In the last two decades, Pablo has performed a wide range of music with some of the world's leading artists and ensembles including New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, Speculum Musicae, New York New Music Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, Manhattan Sinfonietta, New York Percussion Quartet, Perspectives Ensemble, VisionIntoArt, and numerous others.

Contact Prof. John Kilkenny at for Zoom access information.
Oboe Masterclass with Tim Gocklin
"Forging a career as a successful chamber musician, freelancer, and artist in residence after
graduating from school" 
Thursday, April 8th, 12:00 PM

After furthering his studies with the oboe, Tim became captivated by the art of chamber music. This love of chamber music led Tim and four others to found the Akropolis Reed Quintet. Having begun in 2009, Akropolis has won six national chamber music prizes, and is the only ensemble of its makeup to win the Fischoff Gold Medal and Grand Prize at both the Plowman and MTNA chamber music competitions.
Chorale Broadway Showcase
"When You Believe"
Sunday, April 11th, 4:00 PM

The University Chorale presents a series of Broadway classics for their 2021 outdoor showcase on Mason Pond Lawn. These favorites include "Seize the Day" from Newsies, "Circle of Life" from Lion King, "When you Believe" from The Prince of Egypt, and more.

This performance will take place on Mason Pond Lawn.

Tickets for the general public are not available at this time. Free tickets for Mason students will be available through Mason360 beginning on March 30.

This performance is free, but reservations are required.
Guitar Masterclass with Matt Palmer
Monday, April 12th, 10:00 AM

Matt Palmer has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. A recent recipient of the “Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year” award by Guitar International Magazine, Matt has been described by critics as “a young artist about to make a real dent in the world of classical guitar” (Premier Guitar Magazine).

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Mason Jazz Mondays with Harry Schnipper, Executive Director of Blues Alley
"The Future of Jazz in a Post-Pandemic Culture"
Monday, April 12th, 12:30 PM

Email for Zoom access information.
Dewberry Artist Series:
Musical Theater Voice and Duo-Piano!
Tuesday, April 13th, 7:00 PM

The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music faculty resume their free recital series with digital pre-recorded performances as part of Mason Arts at Home. Recorded at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, this performance features musical theater faculty vocalist Jim Van Slyke as well as piano faculty members Anna Balakerskaia and Linda Apple Monson playing duo piano works.
GMU Tuba Euphonium Chamber
Ensemble presents:
Concert in the Park
Saturday, April 17th, 11:00 AM
Olney Park Shelter, 1840 Olney Road, Falls Church, VA

Enjoy a morning of diverse styles including jazz, ballade, patriotic, and movie music. Free to the public. Masks and distancing required.
Virtual Horn Day
Sunday, April 18th, 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a day of celebrating the horn with warm-ups, lectures, Q&A's, performances, Zoom duets, and more!
The Barclay Brass
Sunday, April 18th, 3:00 PM
Mason Pond Lawn, GMU Fairfax Campus
Violin Master Class with Sibbi Bernhardsson
Friday, April 23rd, 12:30 PM 

Icelandic violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson joined the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory in 2017. During his 17-year tenure as a member of the Pacifica Quartet (2000-2017), he performed more than 90 concerts each year worldwide in many of the leading concert halls including Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, Suntory Hall, and New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. 

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Mason Opera Presents:
Acts of Love and Marriage
Saturday, April 24th, 8:00 PM &
Sunday, April 25th, 3:00 PM

The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music’s talented Mason Opera students will present an evening of works featuring Dream Lovers by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Act II of Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  
Mason Jazz Mondays with Michelle Blandburg
"Erroll Garner - Virtuoso Pianist"

Michelle Blandburg is the daughter of bassist Eddie Calhoun, who toured with Erroll Garner for over ten years.  

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Student Recitals
We are proud to present many wonderful virtual student recitals this semester! Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming recitals, including:

Minne Zhang, Doctoral Piano Lecture Recital - April 3rd, 8:00 AM

Cory Haley, Senior Music Education Percussion Recital - April 3rd, 2:00 PM

Emily Johnson, Senior Clarinet Music Education Recital - April 3rd, 7:00 PM

Brian Bera, Junior Double Bass Recital - April 6th, 7:00 PM

Cristina Catterton, Senior Clarinet Recital - April 10th, 1:00 PM

Brendan Schnabel, Doctoral Jazz Saxophone Lecture Recital -
April 10th, 2:00 PM

Lauren Reamy, Senior Vocal Recital - April 10th, 4:00 PM

Case Hope, Junior Vocal Recital - April 10th, 7:00 PM

Eduardo Fajardo, Junior Flute Recital - April 10th, 8:00 PM

Luis Flores, Junior Vocal Recital - April 16th, 7:00 PM

Julianna Lee, Master's Percussion Recital - April 16th, 8:00 PM

Riley Baisch, Senior Trumpet Recital - April 17th, 1:00 PM

Noah Nipp, Senior Jazz Bass Recital - April 17th, 2:00 PM

Dongkeon Kim, Graduate Vocal Recital - April 17th, 4:00 PM

Domenic Lewis, Senior Steel Pan Recital - April 17th, 6:00 PM

Teresa Jenkins, Junior Clarinet Recital - April 17th, 7:00 PM

Chiara Head, Senior Flute Recital - April 18th, 1:00 PM

Sam Gurian, Senior Clarinet Music Education Recital - April 18th, 4:00 PM

Eljhaie Brathwaite, Senior Steel Pan Recital - April 18th, 7:00 PM

View the full recital calendar here!
Spring 2021 Series
The GMU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble's performance of Ignition by Kevin Day was recently chosen by the composer to be used as a reference recording! In addition, this recording received notable attention from composition contests and other tuba and euphonium ensembles. Congratulations!

The GMU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble is directed by Dr. David Porter and Dr. Mark Jenkins.
Dewberry School of Music student Teresa Jenkins applied for and was given a grant through the Office of Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR)! Her research project, "A Concise Guide to Underrepresented Clarinet Literature: Chamber Music Edition", was selected by OSCAR from a very competitive pool of applicants. Through this project, Teresa hopes to add sheet music to the George Mason University Winds Library complete with a concise guide filled with pieces that are written by BIPOC, LGTBQIA+, and Women composers. All pieces will be scored on a unique and innovative rubric based on accessibility, rhythmic complexity, extended techniques, and cost.
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