Dear Mason Music Family,

Please join us for exciting October events featuring our marvelous Dewberry School of Music students and faculty. We have a plethora of concerts and special events for you to enjoy on our beautiful George Mason University campus next week, including our Mason Symphonic Band on October 6, Mason Wind Symphony on October 7, and the Faculty Artist Showcase Recital on October 10! We are thrilled to welcome prospective new jazz students to campus on Saturday October 9 for an innovative and memorable experience "Mason Jazz Student for a Day!"

Please take note of the many exciting initiatives and events in October, including a special concert Mason Arts at Old Town Hall showcasing Mason Strings on October 13. We are also pleased to announce a live-stream viewing option is available for our student degree recitals (see calendar for complete listing).  

We look forward to seeing you at our October concerts and special events in our Dewberry School of Music as we celebrate the joy of music!

Warmest regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson, Director
Upcoming Events
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!

This concert will also feature DMA conducting student Samantha Clarke and Director of Orchestral Studies Dr. Soo Han.
Faculty Artist Showcase Recital
Sunday, October 10th, 3:00 PM
Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Free Admission
Graduate Student Conducting Recital with Symphonic Band -
Center for the Arts Fairfax

Symphonic Band Concert, featuring Madelyn Austin, Master's Conducting Recital
Wednesday, October 6th at 8:00 PM

Upcoming Student Recitals -
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dylan Nohilly, Junior Vocal Recital
Sunday, October 3rd at 3:00 PM

Danae Powers, Master's Oboe Recital

Christina Ortiz, Master's Vocal Recital

Brian Almodovar, Junior Vocal Recital

Jordan Gibson, Senior Tuba Music Education Recital

Deidre Tyler, Senior Saxophone Music Education Recital
Saturday, October 30th at 5:00 PM

View all student recitals here.
For Prospective Students
Mason Jazz Student for a Day
Saturday, October 9th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
deLaski Performing Arts Building

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a Jazz major at George Mason University? Join us for our Mason Jazz Student for a Day and experience it for yourself! This event is open to middle school, high school and college students (and parents) who are interested in pursuing a music major or minor, specializing in Jazz and Contemporary music.
Dewberry School of Music Shadow Days
for all Prospective Music Majors
November 1st and 2nd

Led by our Mason Music Ambassadors, our Fall 2021 Shadow Days will feature opportunities to attend classes, watch and participate in ensemble rehearsals, meet our world-class faculty, have discussions with our Performance Area Directors, tour our beautiful facilities, learn about the audition process, and much more. All prospective music students are welcome to attend.
Upcoming Strings Events
Mason Arts at Old Town Hall
Featuring Mason Strings
Wednesday, October 13th, 7:00 PM

Fairfax Old Town Hall
 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030

Mason Arts at Old Town Hall is a monthly showcase of spectacular students from George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Each month highlights a different artistic discipline and features talented students from the school.
Great Performances at Mason
Sphinx Virtuosi: Tracing Visions
Sunday, October 17th, 3:00 PM
Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Welcome Mason Artist-in-Residence Sphinx Virtuosi, the chamber orchestra dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Prepare to stretch beyond the usual notions of the classical music canon with a dynamic program of music by women and composers of color. During their residency, ensemble members will spend time participating in engagement activities with the greater northern Virginia community and Mason students. 
Sphinx Virtuosi Residency
Masterclasses with Mason strings students and the
Mason Symphony Orchestra

Monday, October 18th
Fall 2021 Concert Series
George Mason University's Director of Jazz Dr. Darden Purcell was recently featured in the October issue of Downbeat Magazine! She discussed the return of jazz education at Mason during the time of COVID. We are so very proud of our outstanding Jazz Studies area! Read the full article here.
Adjunct music technology professor John Jansen will be presenting his research at New Music DC this weekend! His article, "Glenn Branca's Microtonal Harmonic Series Guitar", focuses on Branca's large-scale work for the harmonic series. Find out more about the conference here.
The Asian American Music Society (Dr. Mira Yang, President) has received the Community Partnership Award from the Kennedy Center! This awards grants a stipend that will be used to produce artist workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions, performances and presentations with social impact, diversity, inclusion, equity, and multi-educational programs. Dr. Mira Yang is an adjunct voice professor at the Dewberry School of Music.
Mason Music Students Perform at Arts Emerging
Congratulations to the Mason Jazz Ensemble and our Mason Opera students for their stellar performances at Arts Emerging on Saturday, September 25th!
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