Why Choose Mason?


"Why choose Mason...?"

"Mason was the perfect choice from performing to conducting to composing to the business of the field;
and helped prepare me as an aspiring composer in a very difficult and competitive field-- Hollywood."

~ Vincent Oppido ~

B.A. Music, May 2008
M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, May 2010

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Recognized internationally for its innovation, diversity, and entrepreneurial spirit, George Mason University offers a wide array of academic programs, enterprising scholars and teachers, and a student body representing 135 countries and all 50 states. Located in Virginia only minutes from Washington, D.C., Mason provides unparalleled opportunities in research, internships, and work experiences through strong alliances with business, the community, and government.

The Mason School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Students study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are active performers, conductors, composers, music theoreticians, historians, and music teachers. Admission is based on acceptance to the university and audition. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

This web site should provide all of the information needed by current students, prospective students, parents, contributors and all interested parties. 
Should you not find what you are looking for here, let us know by visiting our Contact Us page.

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     ►Mason School of Music:

  • World Class Faculty:  The Mason School of Music is part of the GMU College of Visual and Performing Arts.
    Students learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are active performers, conductors,
    composers, music theorists, music historians, and music educators.  View the biographies off all faculty in the
    Faculty and Staff Directory.

  • Accreditation:  The Mason music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Mason School of Music offers a comprehensive curriculum spanning all specialties,
    genres and academic programs.  See the University Catalog for complete details.

  • "State of the Art" Facilities: Mason School of Music's facilities are among the finest of comparable schools in the nation:



►Mason Students receive FREE tickets to the Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts presents the "Great Performances" Series.

Free tickets are normally set aside for Mason students on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are plenty of opportunities for a wide variety of performances -- just a short walk across campus.


►Mason Students receive FREE tickets to the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

The Hylton Performing Arts Center presents a broad-based series of events throughout the year.  Free tickets are normally set aside for Mason students on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Hylton is about a 30 to 45 minute drive from the Fairfax campus, west on I-66 to Manassass, VA.  See the Hylton's complete calendar of events.


Patriot Center: music, sports, family events, and more...

The Patriot Center presents concerts and family events of all genres. This venue is where larger-scale events are held such as rock concerts, family events and of course Patriots basketball.  See the complete calendar of events.


►Master Classes at Mason School of Music

Master Classes are a core component of our students' education, and are conducted regularly throughout each semester.  Given our location in the DC / MD / VA area (as noted elsewhere herein), Mason has unique access to some of the finest world-class talent in all specialties.  Click here to view a calendar of recent Master Classes held at Mason School of Music.



►MIssion Statement

Enable every student to find his or her best musical voice; prepare each to fulfill society's need for 
artistic and innovative musicians, scholars, music educators and ambassadors for the arts: 
and graduate each with hope, confidence and distintion.  


►Identity Statement

The George Mason Univeristy School of Muisc is an inclusive community - stuents and faculty,
performers and scholars, administrators and staff, whose common goal is to inspire artistic and academic
excellence as an intrinsic element of a balanced education within an atmosphere of discipline, lifelong learning, and service within the university, local, national and international communities.