Professor Glen McCarthy a Finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award
You may recall that earlier in the semester we announced that Professor Glen McCarthy was selected as a semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award. A few months have passed, and the new results are in: Professor McCarthy is now one of ten finalists! To reach this level for a national award is such an honor. Congratulations for this outstanding achievement!
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School of Music Welcomes New Violin Professor, Ross Monroe Winter
The Mason School of Music string faculty welcome violinist Ross Monroe Winter to their ranks. This experienced performer and teacher looks forward to "the responsibilities of continuing the mission of the school in producing the well-rounded and exceptional 21st-century working musician." We know that Professor Winter will make a beneficial addition to our applied faculty!
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Dr. Darden Purcell wins the Adjunct Faculty Service Award
The Mason School of Music is proud to announce that our own Dr. Darden Purcell won the Adjunct Faculty Service Award in a university-wide vote! Purcell, the Director of Jazz Studies and professor of jazz voice and jazz history, will receive this award at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 16th at 10:00 a.m. in Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center. All are welcome to attend to show their gratitude for her enthusiastic and hard-working contributions to the School of Music and George Mason University as a whole!
Professor Dave Robinson's Capital Focus Jazz Band performs with Kevin Spacey
Over the last weekend in September, Professor Dave Robinson conducted Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in a vocal performance with his Capital Focus Jazz Band area-wide youth ensemble. Spacey re-created historic Frank Sinatra recordings, backed by the CFJB, for a $1,000-a-plate event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in DC. Mason students Andrew Velez (trumpet) and Drew Flores (piano) participated in this performance, and Spacey sang one song accompanied solely by Drew. It was an exciting event for Mason Jazz!
Professor Glen McCarthy a Semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award
The Mason School of Music is proud to announce that one of our very own guitar faculty, Professor Glen McCarthy is one of 25 semifinalists for the first-ever Music Educator Award, presented by the Grammy Foundation and the Recording Academy. After the award's establishment was announced at the 2013 Grammy's, Americans nominated over 30,000 current music teachers from all 50 states. One music educator of ten finalists will receive the award at the 2014 Grammy Awards ceremony. It is such an honor for Professor McCarthy to be recognized nationally for his dedication to music education at all levels!
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A BUSY SUMMER FOR MASON MUSIC FACULTY
Dr. Linda Apple Monson Joined International Panel of Judges
Dr. Linda Apple Monson, International Steinway Artist, was one of five international judges for the finalist round of the 2013 World Pianist Invitational Competition June 15 at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. The international panel of judges included Ukranian pianist and International Steinway Artist Sophia Agranovich, Ecuadorian pianist Dr. Washington Garcia (faculty member at Texas State University) ; Korean pianist Sun Min Kim, American pianist Dr. Robert Ruckman (faculty member of Cincinatti College Conservatory of Music, and Dr. Linda Apple Monson of George Mason University.
Dr. Linda Apple Monson and Dr. Rachel Bergman lectured in Argentina
Dr. Linda Monson and Dr. Rachel Bergman were selected to present lecture-recitals at the International Conference of the College Music Society in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June 2013. Drs. Bergman and Monson presented a joint lecture-recital on the “Sonata Latino” by American composer Michael Mowry. In addition, Dr. Monson presented a lecture recital on the solo piano music of Mauricio Kagel (Argentine/German composer).
A Busy Summer for Prof. Mark Camphouse
School of Music Professor Mark Camphouse and his wife, Potomac Arts Academy Director Elizabeth Curtis, presented lectures in China in May on the campus of Nanjing Normal University. Camphouse’s presentation centered around his compositions and the creative process, and Curtis gave an overview of American community arts schools with special focus on Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy. The second portion of their 11-day visit took them to Beijing where Camphouse presented a lecture for the composition and conducting staffs of the Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army of China. Camphouse and Curtis held discussions with PLA Band officials concerning ongoing plans for potential educational collaboration with Mason and select members of the PLA Band. Camphouse also conducted two of his works with the PLA Band, an ensemble he describes as “musically impressive and thoroughly professional in every way.”
In July, Camphouse served as guest conductor of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony in San Antonio during the 66th Annual Convention of the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) where he led the world premiere of his new work, Homage to the Dream, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the immortal “I Have a Dream” speech by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The work was commissioned by the international bandmasters fraternity, Phi Beta Mu, in honor of the 75th anniversary of its founding. TBA officials have invited Camphouse to serve as featured composer-conductor of their 2015 Convention.
In August, Camphouse traveled to Evanston, Illinois for ongoing research and interviews on the Northwestern University campus for his new book on the life and legacy of iconic Northwestern Director of Bands, John P. Paynter. The book will be published by GIA Publications in Chicago in the fall of 2014.
This fall, Professor Camphouse begins his 36th year of full-time teaching in higher education, his seventh at Mason. Guest conducting engagements during the 2013-2014 academic year will take Camphouse to Wisconsin, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Montana, Georgia, and Utah.