Dear Mason Music Family,

Please join us for exciting upcoming events featuring our marvelous Dewberry School of Music students and faculty. We have many special events for you to enjoy, including instrumental master classes and a panel discussion this Friday with Weston Sprott: Musical Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World. We are thrilled to feature our School of Music student ensembles in concert, including our Wind Symphony in collaboration with the NOVA Alexandria Band on October 28th at the Schlesinger Concert Hall, as well as our Mason Percussion Ensemble and New Sound Collective on October 31 on our Mason Fairfax campus. We are looking forward to our Mason Symphony Orchestra concert (Dr. Soo Han, director) on Wednesday, November 3rd, with works by Mozart, Bernstein and Philip Glass.  We are thrilled to welcome prospective new music students to campus for auditions on October 30 and Shadow Days on November 1 and 2. 

Please save the date of Saturday, November 20 at 8 pm for the 20th anniversary concert of Jazz4Justice at Mason's Center for the Arts in a musical tribute to Duke Ellington! Proceeds from the evening benefit Legal Services of Northern Virginia to continue its mission of service to the Northern Virginia community as well as providing financial support for the Mason Jazz Studies Area. Please also note the special offer for Mason Jazz Alumni regarding a Happy Hour preceding the Jazz4Justice concert!

We are happy to announce a live-stream viewing option is available for our student degree recitals (see calendar for complete listing). We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming concerts and special events in our Dewberry School of Music as we celebrate the joy of music during this beautiful Fall season!

Warmest regards,
Dr. Linda A. Monson, Director
Masterclasses This Week
Trombone Masterclass and Panel
with Weston Sprott
Friday, October 22nd

Trombone Masterclass
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Choral Room (PAB A323)

Panel Session: Musical Opportunities in a
Post-Pandemic World
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Center for the Arts Lobby

Free Admission
Oboe Masterclass with Prof. Emily Foster
Saturday, October 23rd, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
via Zoom

Free Admission
Upcoming Performances
NOVA Alexandria Band and George Mason University Wind Symphony Combined Concert
Thursday, October 28th, 8:00 PM
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311

Free Admission
Masks and social distancing required

Come hear staples in the band repertoire, including two pieces by composer and conductor Mark Camphouse. The GMU Wind Symphony will be premiering a new composition by Catherine Fields that will feature flute soloist, Samantha Clarke. The NOVA band is featuring two new original compositions by community members who play in the band, Matt Bandman and Jack Dusek, and a new arrangement of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture by NOVA student, Charles Stolpe.
The Mason School of Theater presents
A Concert Presentation of FOOTLOOSE
with Musical Direction by Prof. Joe Walsh
Thursday, October 28th - Sunday, October 31st
Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra -
Swingin' with the Met
Saturday, October 30th, 8:00 PM
Hylton Performing Arts Center

Calling all Jitterbugs! Come celebrate the Big Band Era with the coolest cats in town, Northern Virginia’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Artistic Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this distinguished ensemble comprising the most remarkable jazz performers in the metro region, who will perform music from the libraries of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, and more. Carroll’s long and illustrious career has included performances with the likes of Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Join us for a finger snapping, toe-tapping good time.
Percussion Ensemble and
New Sound Collective Concert
directed by Prof. John Kilkenny
Sunday, October 31st, 6:00 PM
deLaski 3001

Free Admission

The Mason Percussion Ensemble and the New Sound Collective will present an evening of works by contemporary composers including Julius Eastman, Jennifer Higdon, Paul Lansky, John Cage, and Johanna Beyer.
Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, November 3rd, 8:00 PM
Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Join the MSO for an evening of works by Mozart, Bernstein, and Glass. This exciting concert will feature our new Director of Orchestral Studies, Dr. Soo Han, in his Mason Symphony Orchestra conducting debut! He will be joined by faculty soloists Prof. June Huang (violin) and Dr. Dorotea Racz (cello) in Philip Glass's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello.


Overture to the Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart
Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, by Philip Glass
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein
Read more about the MSO conductor and soloists!
Save the Date - Jazz4Justice
Join us in celebrating twenty years of the incredible impact of Jazz4Justice!

Established in 2001 by Fairfax, VA 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.

Jazz4Justice is a truly unique event where attorneys, judges, students and members of the Northern Virginia community gather to celebrate their love of jazz. 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 department.

This year, we celebrate America's greatest composer, The Life and Music of Duke Ellington. 
Before the Show...


We want to celebrate our Jazz4Justice alumni!

Reconnect with your colleagues at a special Mason Jazz Alumni Happy Hour before the Jazz4Justice concert on Saturday, November 20th from 5:30-7:30pm. Then, head across the street to enjoy the main event at the Center for the Arts.

All former Mason Jazz students and music majors who participated in jazz ensembles are welcome to attend.

To reserve your FREE spot, email John Kocur at

Saturday, November 20th, 2021
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Oh George! Tables and Taphouse
10659C Braddock Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22032
Fall 2021 Concert Series
Upcoming Performance in Washington, DC
Shawn Purcell Quintet with Victor Provost
Saturday, October 23rd, 6:00
Takoma Station Tavern
6914 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012

With special opening act, Mason Jazz Students -
Hannah Pennisi (steel pan) and Allan Fogelson (guitar)!  
Upcoming Student Recitals

Brian Almodovar, Junior Vocal Recital

Willis Rosenfeld, Doctoral Choral Conducting Recital
Tuesday, October 26th, 7:00 PM
Off-campus location

Jordan Gibson, Senior Tuba Music Education Recital

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

Hannah Miles, Master's Piano Lecture Recital
Saturday, November 6th, 3:00 PM

Marty Sarisky, Senior Trumpet Music Education Recital
Saturday, November 6th, 5:00 PM

Kathleen Walsh, Senior Euphonium Music Education Recital
Saturday, November 6th, 7:00 PM

Lucas Kremer, Senior Saxophone Music Education Recital
Sunday, November 7th, 3:00 PM

Jaclyn Kitcoff, Senior Violin Recital
Sunday, November 7th, 5:00 PM

Nairobi King, Junior Voice Recital
Sunday, November 7th, 7:00 PM

Raina Payne, Senior Trumpet Music Education Recital
Sunday, November 7th, 8:00 PM
deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001

View all student recitals here.
For Prospective Students
School of Music Audition Day
Saturday, October 30th

The Dewberry School of Music is excited to offer our first in-person audition day of the year on Saturday, October 30th! Audition days consist not only of an audition for our music faculty, but also includes an information session for students and parents, meetings with current students and our Mason Ambassadors, and a tour of our music facilities and the George Mason University campus.
Dewberry School of Music Shadow Days
for 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 and Performance Area Directors, tour our beautiful facilities, learn about the audition process, and much more. All prospective music students are welcome to attend.
Mason Music Ambassadors
The Mason Music Ambassadors are a select group of outstanding student leaders who are chosen by the Dewberry School of Music faculty and administration to serve as student liaisons for prospective and incoming music students.  Using their strengths and talents, the Mason Music Ambassadors build relationships with students, helping each of them become contributing members to our Mason Music community.

Selection for this prestigious music leadership honor is based on an enthusiastic service record in our School of Music, outstanding academic accomplishments, and excellent performances. Our Dewberry School of Music Faculty and our Friends of Music at Mason warmly congratulate each of the outstanding student leaders chosen as Mason Music Ambassadors for the 2021-22 academic year!  
Upcoming Brass Days
The Dewberry School of Music at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA invites the brass community to spend Instrument Days with current Mason brass faculty and notable guest artists. Our Instrument Days will include performances, masterclasses, clinics, music vendors and more. Schedule, guest artists, and more information is available on our website under the "Visit Us" tab. These events are free and open to the public. Registration for all our Fall Instrument Days is now available. More information will be available on our website under the "visit us" tab.
Horn Day
Sunday, November 7th
Low Brass Day
Saturday, November 13th
Trumpet Day
Sunday, November 14th
Alumni Kudos
Marcia McCants (MM Percussion Performance) has been heading up a new Percussion Consortium initiative. "As a black woman percussionist, I have seldom seen myself in the music I perform, learn, and teach," she says. "I want to help change that." With this project, she hopes to expand percussion literature for young and upcoming percussionists in order for them to feel seen in the music they are learning and playing. By having composers and music writers of color on this project, her goal is to provide role models for young black percussionists to let themselves be seen, feel represented, and welcome in the world of music. For more information, contact Prof. John Kilkenny at
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