Music@Mason: 2012-10-19


School of Music Newsletter

October 19, 2012

Hello Mason Music Fans!
Here's this week's School of Music news:




Ensemble da Camera of Washington
a Mason School of Music Ensemble in Residence


Tuesday, October 23rd at 8 pm, Harris Theatre


Admission is courtesy of the School of Music


        The Mason School of Music's Ensemble in Residence, Ensemble da Camera of Washington joins us again for what promises to be a beautiful performance.  Dr. Anna Balakerskaia, Claire Eichhorn, and Ricardo Cynynates will be playing chamber works not often programmed, due to their unique instrumental combination.  We hope that lovers of chamber music will be able to share in this experience!   


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Mason School of Music and Department of Theater present
Into the Woods

Friday, October 26th at 8 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 2 and 8 pm
Sunday, October 28th at 4 pm 
Concert Hall


Reserved seating: Adults $20; Students, faculty, staff, seniors, and groups $15;

Limited FREE student tickets available! 


        Into the Woods draws together the stories and characters of Grimm’s fairy tales to weave a tapestry of poignant lessons and beautiful melodies, bringing new meaning to the stories we tell our children. While everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act I, the consequences of their actions return to haunt them in Act II, and what begins as a lively, irreverent fantasy becomes a complex and moving allegory for personal responsibility and the most valuable moments in life. 


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 University Singers, University Chorale,
& Women's Chorale Concert


Sunday, November 4th at 4 pm, Harris Theatre


General admission $10; students, faculty, staff, seniors, and groups $5;

Limited FREE student tickets available!



      The Mason School of Music has a thriving choral music program; come enjoy all three ensembles at Sunday's concert! An opportunity to premier a new work by a living composer is an exciting experience for any musician, and the chance to be in the audience for a world premier is equally special! The University Singers under the direction of Dr. Stan Engebretson are honored to premier Donald McCullough's "Song of the Shulamite," inspired by the heroine of the biblical "Song of Solomon."  Dr. Lisa Billingham, conductor of the University Chorale, will be leading the ensemble in a program of North and South American music.  This includes the sweeping melodies of Copland's "The Promise of Living" from The Tender Land, a Brazilian folk song, and a work by Argentinian composer Ariel Ramírez. The Women's Chorale, directed by Professor Mary Ann East, will perform an entire program of works by female composers spanning the centuries.


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 Mason Jazz Ensemble:
Jazz 4 Justice


Friday, November 9th at 8 pm
Center for the Arts Concert Hall


Friday, November 30th at 8 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center


General admission $20; students, faculty, staff, seniors, and groups $15;

Limited FREE student tickets available!




      The Mason Jazz Ensemble is back with its wildly popular event, Jazz 4 Justice. Due to so much past success and high demand, the ensemble will perform the program twice! This year's theme celebrates 100 years of jazz.  Though we may not always fully grasp the importance of jazz, it has truly shaped the face of music over the past century.  The Mason Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Jim Carroll, never fails to deliver an energetic, impressive, and crowd-pleasing performance. We hope you'll join us for a night of jazz favorites! 


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Sunday, October 28 at 7 PM  

deLaski 3001











Ker-Hackleman, Haase,

Kobayashi, Thomas, and Law *

Sunday, October 28 at 7 PM

Harris Theatre     AND

Saturday, November 3 at 3 PM     Kirkwood Presbyterian Church





Tuesday, October 30 at 8 PM 
Harris Theatre












Thursday, November 1 at 7 PM 
deLaski 3001









Thursday, November 8 at 8 PM 
deLaski 3001




*Admission is courtesy of the School of Music

(MUSI 300 credit)





Mason Chamber Orchestra Members Visit Local Schools  


      This fall, the Mason Chamber Orchestra members have been driven by a new initiative.  Musicians are always in search of audiences with whom they can share their special art form.  As music students at GMU, we are fortunate enough to have a community of millions at our fingertips.  However, with many other demands on the time of concert-goers, it can be difficult to reach our potential audiences.  The Chamber Orchestra chose to focus its attention toward a particularly crucial sector of this population: middle and high school music students.  What better way to reach these energetic young musicians than during their band or orchestra classes?  Last week, the brass quintet performed at Centreville High School and Chantilly High School to very enthusiastic band students.  The band directors at both schools are Mason School of Music alumni, and were therefore eager to promote their alma mater.  With a program full of exciting fanfares, funky bass lines, sultry tangos, majestic Renaissance polyphony, and the latest pop tunes, the quintet was a hit!

        Of course, the hope is that these visits will serve as a recruitment tool for the School of Music and entice students to attend our concerts.  That being said, the goal at the essence of these performances is much more far-reaching; the Chamber Orchestra hopes to encourage widespread, lifelong enjoyment of music.  The quintet demonstrated that music participation can be so much more than something to add to a college application.  Like so many of the more intimate recitals at the School of Music, the quintet made this performance very personal and casual.  They told funny anecdotes, interesting facts about each piece, and answered questions about music and college in general.  Most importantly, they passionately shared their love of music and stressed the fact that even if the majority of students in the room do not pursue music as a career, it can still be a part of their lives.

        The brass quintet, as well as a woodwind quintet, string quartet, and other small ensembles will be visiting local schools in the coming months.  If you have questions about this project, or are a local music teacher and would like to have us perform at your school, please contact Stefan Schuck (    




The Mason School of Music's Concerts of Collaboration


           Music is an art form that not only requires cooperation between composers, performers, conductors, and audiences, but across academic and artistic disciplines.  The Mason School of Music actively seeks out opportunities for cooperation, because we believe that it further enhances the musical and educational experience.  Both the Mason Symphony Orchestra and Mason Wind Symphony's October concerts focused on collaboration within the Mason community and the Fairfax community as a whole.

        The Mason Symphony Orchestra's Sunday, October 14th concert was the opening event of "Think Transatlantic," this year's German campus events.  It was wonderful to see audience members from areas outside of the School of Music; students and faculty from the German, history, art history, government, and many other departments were in attendance.  The Oktoberfest concert also drew in many German members of the local community, as well as a German foreign service officer who spoke briefly about our transatlantic ties.  After the concert, the orchestra and audience enjoyed a reception complete with apfel strudel while browsing a poster display by German language students.

        The Mason Wind Symphony also joined with outside forces for their fall concert on Tuesday the 16th.  Solitary Dancer, a band literature classic, is a very sparsely orchestrated but intense piece.  Professor Mark Camphouse worked with Professor Elizabeth Price, director of the School of Dance, in order to incorporate a student dancer into the program.  Having a dancer made the piece come to life even more than a strictly instrumental performance could.  Then as per tradition, the Fairfax Wind Symphony played the second half of the concert and performed a combined piece with the Mason Wind Symphony.  This ensemble's members are mostly public school music teachers, and many of them are Mason graduates.  Musicians and audience members enjoyed a reception following the concert, especially because many of the Mason Wind Symphony members will soon be professional colleagues with the Fairfax Wind Symphony musicians.

        Both ensembles hope to continue their interdisciplinary and community-wide collaborations and perhaps will be examples for future projects!   



Upcoming Student Recitals

Admission is courtesy of the School of Music (MUSI 300 credit)


Friday, October 19:

              7 pm, Harris Theatre: Katie Anderson Junior Voice Recital


Sunday, October 21:

              3 pm, Harris Theatre: Emma McDermott Graduate Voice Recital


Monday, October 22:

              7 pm, Harris Theatre: Thomas Mirus Senior Jazz Piano Recital


Sunday, October 28:

              3 pm, Harris Theatre: Ina Mirtcheva Doctoral Dissertation Piano Recital


Monday, October 29:

              7 pm, Harris Theatre: Sarah Haughton Senior Cello Recital


Wednesday, October 31:

              7 pm, Harris Theatre: Christian Perez Graduate Guitar Recital








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