Dear Friends, Colleagues, Students, and Alumni,

We invite you to join us as we kick off our Fall 2021 Concert Series with our Grand Piano Celebration this Sunday, September 19 at 3 pm in Mason's Center for the Arts. How grateful we are to present live music once again in a joyous celebration of our All-Steinway School and the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music!

The first half of the concert showcases outstanding student artists with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Fernando Obradors, Florence Price, and Alexander Scriabin. The fabulous Mason student artists who are performing this Sunday hail from South Korea, India, China, and Vietnam, as well as Texas, New York, Maryland, Washington, DC, and our great commonwealth of Virginia! 

The second half of the concert features phenomenal faculty performances in a dazzling all-Gershwin tribute, including Rhapsody in Blue (arranged for trumpet and piano), excerpts from Porgy and Bess (arranged for duo-piano), and "I Got Rhythm" (arranged for 8-hands piano).

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at 3 pm at Mason's Center for the Arts as we celebrate the return of live music-making once again with a not-to-be-missed Grand Piano Celebration concert!

Warmest regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson, Director
This Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Grand Piano Celebration
Grand Piano Celebration
Celebrating Mason's All-Steinway School and the
Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music
Sunday, September 19th, 3:00 PM
Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Pictured above (from left to right): student performers GaYoung Lee, piano; Matthew May, piano; Jiye Kim, piano; Eliyahu Young, baritone; Megan Slay, piano; Yingfei Li, piano; Christina Ortiz, soprano; Anh Nguyen, piano; Yechan (Enoch) Lim, piano;
Kristina Bhardwaj, piano; Ryan Woessner, piano
Upcoming Events
Arts Emerging: A Celebration of Renewal
Saturday, September 25th, 5 - 9 p.m.
Holton Plaza and Center for the Arts
George Mason University, Fairfax Campus

Welcome back to campus for a one-night only family-friendly extravaganza full of arts, food, and community to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts! The Dewberry School of Music featured presentations include Mason's instrumental Jazz Ensemble and Mason's opera students.

Proceeds support student scholarships in Mason’s College of Visual Performing Arts, Mason Community Arts Academy, Green Machine Ensembles, and the Great Performances at Mason season at the Center for the Arts.
Wind Symphony Concert
directed by Prof. Mark Camphouse
Thursday, October 7th, 8:00 PM
Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Join the Mason Wind Symphony in our beautiful Center for the Arts Concert Hall as they present an evening of exciting wind band works by Persichetti, Barber, and more!
Fall 2021 Concert Series
Community Engagement -
Upcoming Performance
GMU Flute Choir Performs at
Park(ing) Day 2021
Friday, September 17th, 12:30 PM

On Sept. 17 from 11AM-2PM at Fair City Mall you'll be able to see parking spaces transformed into temporary parks to play, create and connect. Come hear the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music Flute Choir, enter raffle drawings, giveaways and more!
Student Kudos
Mason Student Carlos E. Figueroa Dasilva (MM candidate in Cello Performance) has been accepted into the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Diversity Fellowship Program! Chosen from a highly competitive applicant pool, the FSO Diversity Fellowship Program encourages greater racial and cultural diversity in the orchestra field by helping to provide meaningful opportunities for talented minority musicians to achieve their full potential. Read more about the FSO Diversity Fellowship here.
Faculty Kudos
Mason's Director of Strings Prof. June Huang has been published in the American String Teachers Journal! Her article, titled "What’s in Your Glinda Bubble? Finding Peace in Performing" discusses techniques designed to help alleviate performance anxiety. Read the full article here.
Dr. Emily Green (Associate Professor of Musicology) has recently been named a Mason Fenwick Fellow for this academic year! The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. Dr. Green's research project is titled "Musical Practices of Early Black Virginians".
Alumni Kudos
Pictured above: Percussion section from the Colour of Music Festival
Mason Percussion alumna Marcia McCants (MM Performance) recently performed at the Colour of Music Festival in South Carolina! Marcia will also be performing with this festival at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) in Indianapolis this upcoming November.

The Colour of Music Festival, Inc. presents a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th-century music at the highest of musical standards to diverse audiences nationally. Since 2013, the Colour of Music Festival offers a musical kaleidoscope highlighting the impact and historical significance of black classical composers and performers on American and world culture.
Congratulations to Mason Jazz alumnus Eljhaie Brathwaite (BM Jazz Studies) on securing a music teaching position at Charlotte Amalie High School in the Virgin Islands!
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