Dear Dewberry School of Music Family,

We are looking forward with great anticipation to our Mason Opera production this weekend April 24-25 in a magnificent double-bill featuring Dream Lovers by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Act II of Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

We are excited to present our New Sound Collective, Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Symphony Chamber Concert on Monday, April 26th with repertoire by Alfred Reed, Vincent Persichetti, and Gordon Jacob. Join us again on Tuesday, April 27th for our Mason Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble concert highlighting works by Dvorak, Ticheli, Arnold, Giannini, and more.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and culminates with a worldwide celebration of jazz the last day of April. How thrilled we are to feature our Mason jazz students in the International Jazz Day Concert on Friday, April 30 at 8 pm in a virtual celebration that showcases our marvelous vocal jazz, instrumental jazz, and steel pan ensembles! Please purchase tickets for a Tribute to Sonny Rollins featuring members of the Mason Jazz Faculty on Sunday, May 2nd at 3 pm on the Mason Pond lawn.

Our Dewberry School of Music Finale Concert is Saturday, May 8th at 8:00 PM in a virtual concert celebration "A Song of Freedom" featuring two world premieres by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Michael W. Nickens.  This pre-recorded digital concert highlights students from the Mason Symphony Orchestra, University Choirs, Wind Symphony and Green Machine, Trombone Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. 

Please note that we have 25 Mason music student degree recitals in the upcoming weeks! We hope you will join us for these outstanding student artist performances live-streamed from our Mason venues. As always, we encourage you to join us for upcoming masterclasses and lectures featuring fabulous guest artists.

Kudos to the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music, ranked the #1 Music School in Virginia by! Thanks to our extraordinary students, faculty, staff, and alumni for exceptional work! Heartfelt gratitude to our Friends of Music at Mason for continued support of our wonderful students.

Warmest regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson, Director
Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music
Upcoming Events
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.  

Dream Lovers by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906) tells the story of a Moroccan prince and his friend finding true love with two sisters.

W.A. Mozart’s comic opera Le nozze di Figaro (with libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte) continues the plot of the popular opera The Barber of Seville several years later, and recounts a single "day of madness" (la folle journée) in the palace of Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain. 

The performance on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET will be livestreamed from the Hylton Center and presented on Mason Arts at Home and Hylton at Home. The performance will be available to watch beginning Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. ET simultaneously on this webpage and the Center for the Arts YouTube channel.

The April 24 and 25 performances will accommodate a limited number of in-person audience members, who will be seated in physically distanced locations throughout Merchant Hall. Tickets are free, but reservations required.
Mason Jazz Mondays with Michelle Blandburg
"Erroll Garner - Virtuoso Pianist"
Monday, April 26th, 12:30 PM

Erroll Garner was an American jazz pianist and composer known for his swing playing and ballads. He was considered by many as "one of the most distinctive of all pianists" and a "brilliant virtuoso." Using an "orchestral approach straight from the swing era but open to the innovations of bop," his distinctive style was like no other. Yet some of his best recordings are ballads, such as his best-known composition, "Misty" which has become a jazz standard - and was featured in Clint Eastwood's l971 film Play Misty for Me. This presentation will feature music and DVDs of this brilliant musician in action. 
Michelle had a special connection to Erroll Garner. Her father, bassist Eddie Calhoun, was a member of Erroll's trio for more than ten years. She will share childhood memories of summer travels on the road with "the guys." She will also read reminisces about Erroll from her father's unpublished memoir "Big-Time Sharecroppers." Michelle Blandburg is an OLLI Board member and officer, a FOMM member, a music and movie lover, and an active member of the OLLI Players.

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New Sound Collective, Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Symphony Chamber Concert
Monday, April 26th, 8:00 PM

Tune in and enjoy a sampling of the Dewberry School of Music's finest chamber ensembles! The Wind Symphony Chamber Winds, featuring three graduate conducting students, will perform works by Alfred Reed, Vincent Persichetti, and Gordon Jacob. The New Sound Collective and Percussion Ensemble will round out the evening with a varied selection of contemporary works.
Mason Wind Symphony Concert
Tuesday, April 27th, 8:00 PM

The Mason Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble proudly present an evening of music from the Center for the Arts Concert Hall stage! Directed by Profs. Mark Camphouse and John Kilkenny, the Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble will perform a variety of classic and contemporary works, including pieces by Dvorak, Ticheli, Arnold, Giannini, and more. This concert will also feature graduate conducting students Madelyn Austin, Samantha Clarke, and Megan Stallings.
Oboe Masterclass with Dr. Jessica Warren
"Effective Practice Strategies, Developing a Time Log System, and the Benefits of Mindful Meditation and Practicing" 
Thursday, April 29th, 12:00 PM

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International Jazz Day Concert
International Jazz Day Concert
Friday, April 30th, 8:00 PM

Share the vibrancy and vitality of jazz music with Mason Jazz students and faculty on April 30 in a new digital performance! International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts on all continents to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future, and impact. Watch a short preview here.
Tribute to Sonny Rollins
Featuring Members of the Mason Jazz Faculty
Sunday, May 2nd, 3:00 PM

The talented Mason Jazz Faculty salutes tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, long heralded as “the greatest living jazz improviser,” who continues to inspire generations of musicians. To commemorate the Saxophone Colossus’ ninetieth birthday, the Mason Jazz Faculty from the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music will perform repertoire from a portfolio coauthored by Mr. Rollins and Professor Jim Carroll.

This performance will take place on the Mason Pond Lawn.
A Song of Freedom
Featuring World Premieres by
Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Michael Nickens
Saturday, May 8th, 8:00 PM

The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music closes the semester with a program that celebrates unity and resilience in the face of division and uncertainty. The concert showcases works by Black composers and/or inspired by the African-American experience. The program features two world premieres commissioned by the Dewberry School of Music from renowned composer Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Mason’s own Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Green Machine Ensembles Michael W. Nickens (Doc Nix). 
Simpson-Curenton’s world premiere of Passages will feature current students from across the University Choirs, and a guest appearance by School of Music alumna Metropolitan Opera singer Aundi Marie Moore. Under the direction of the Director of Choral Studies, Stanley Engebretson, Passages, is a moving choral work that powerfully proclaims, “Sing a song of freedom.” 
Nickens’ original work, titled The Orator, The Abolitionist, The Man: Frederick Douglass is based on the 1893 biography written by his great-great grandfather James Monroe Gregory, a contemporary of Douglass. His piece features Mason Wind Symphony, members of the Green Machine, and spoken word narration by himself which is solely derived from the biography and Douglass’ speeches. 
This pre-recorded digital concert features nearly 100 students performing as part of the momentous event, including additional works ranging from William Grant Still, George Walker, and Antonin Dvorák to U2’s “MLK.” The performance highlights students from the Mason Symphony Orchestra, University Choirs, Wind Symphony and Green Machine, Trombone Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. 

Registration for the event is not required, but if you register you will be sent a reminder with details for how to watch prior to the event. Register now.
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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:

Courtney Jennelle, Senior Vocal Music Education Recital - April 23rd, 7:00 PM

Mark Davis, Master's Trumpet Recital - April 24th, 5:00 PM

Nick Sheehan, Junior Trumpet Recital - April 24th, 7:00 PM

Matthew Hoffmann, Junior Horn Recital - April 25th, 4:00 PM

Faith Ellen Lam, Senior Piano Recital - April 25th, 7:00 PM

Justin Miller, Doctoral Euphonium Recital - April 30th, 5:30 PM

Josh Sheppard, Junior Percussion Recital - May 1st, 2:00 PM

Josias Ventura, Junior Tuba Recital - May 1st, 4:00 PM

Geoff Sawyer, Master's Composition Recital - May 1st, 5:00 PM

Nick McKee, Senior Viola Recital - May 1st, 7:00 PM

Mark Yang, Senior Trumpet Recital - May 3rd, 6:00 PM

Joseph Antonucci, Doctoral Trumpet Recital - May 7th, 6:00 PM

TzuYu Lori Lee, Master's Flute Recital - May 7th, 7:00 PM

Kristin West, Master's Piano Lecture Recital - May 7th, 8:00 PM

Nairobi King, Junior Vocal Recital - May 8th, 2:00 PM

Rosie Wright, Junior Vocal Recital - May 8th, 5:00 PM

Yumeng Jiang, Master's Piano Recital - May 9th, 8:00 AM

Matt May, Master's Collaborative Piano Recital - May 9th, 7:00 PM

Yiyao James Hao, Doctoral Piano Recital - May 10th, 8:00 AM

Yu Xiang, Master's Piano Recital - May 10th, 4:00 PM

Wenru Yang, Doctoral Piano Recital - May 10th, 6:00 PM

Jiye Kim, Doctoral Piano Recital - May 10th, 7:00 PM

Xinyu Zhang, Doctoral Piano Recital - May 11th, 8:00 AM

Yingfei Li, Doctoral Piano Recital - May 11th, 4:00 PM

GaYoung Lee, Doctoral Piano Recital - May 11th, 7:00 PM

View the full recital calendar here!
In Case You Missed It...
The final installment of the Spring 2021 Dewberry Faculty Artist Series premiered last week! If you didn't get a chance to watch the April 13 Music Theater Voice and Duo-Piano concert, click the video above to enjoy the music.
The Dewberry School of Music was ranked as the #1 Music School in Virginia by! This ranking was determined by factors such as quality of education, national accreditation, alumni employment data, and numbers of graduates within our music degree programs (Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees). Read more here.
Director of Woodwinds Dr. Kathy Mulcahy was quoted in the most recent issue of the Mason Spirit magazine, discussing the Dewberry School of Music's effective transition to teaching under COVID-19 circumstances. Read her statement here.
Congratulations to the GMU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble for a wonderful outdoor concert this past weekend in Falls Church!
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