Mason Music Ambassadors

The Mason Music Ambassadors are a group of student leaders who are nominated by our faculty to serve as student liaisons for our prospective and incoming music students. Using their strengths and talents, they build relationships with prospective students, helping each of them become contributing members to our Mason Music community. Our Mason Music Ambassadors have identified their top five strengths using the StrengthsFinder Assessment. 25 out of the 34 strengths are represented among this year’s Ambassadors.

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Our 2019-2020 Mason Music Ambassadors:

Melissa Torres

Instrument: Voice

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Burke, VA

Strengths: Developer, Empathy, Consistency, Adaptability, Belief

Melissa Torres is currently a senior at George Mason University pursuing a Music Education degree with a concentration in Choral Education. She studies voice with Dr. Kathryn Hearden. She is also the Vice President/President Elect of the George Mason University chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). When George Mason classes are not in session, she is a substitute teacher for Fairfax County. After graduation she plans on teaching music in the Northern Virginia area.

John Wehmeyer

Instrument: Double Bass/Electric Bass

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Arlington, VA

Strengths: Consistency, Learner, Responsibility, Input, Futuristic

John Wehmeyer is a senior Honors College student pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He studies double bass with Glenn Dewey of the US Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra (“President’s Own”). Outside of class, John enjoys spending time with friends and writing/producing his own music. After graduation, John would like to pursue a career as a freelance bassist as well as teach privately and have his own bass studio.

Ryan Salak

Instrument: Trumpet

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Ryan is a junior Music Education major from Omaha, Nebraska. His primary instrument is trumpet, but he also plays piano in multiple jazz/funk ensembles on campus. He is an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity and an Operations Crew Leader for the Green Machine. Ryan is also in the Honors College.

Emily Craine

Instrument: Clarinet

Major: Arts Management 

Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

Strengths: Includer, Woo, Communication, Learner, Futuristic

Emily Craine is a clarinetist from Blacksburg, Virginia studying with Dr. Kathy Mulcahy at George Mason University. She graduated from Mason in August 2019 with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Arts Management and is continuing her studies at Mason, pursuing an M.A. in Arts Management.  Emily has previously performed as the principal clarinetist for the Mason Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Clarinet Choir. She has served as the Marketing Intern for the School of Music, the Operations Intern for the National Symphony Orchestra, and as Orchestra Manager and Operations Assistant at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.  Emily currently works as the Cultural Arts Event Assistant for the City of Fairfax and as the Artist Services Assistant for the Center for the Arts.  She also enjoys working as a music librarian for several ensembles.  She has has worked as the chamber music librarian at SSMF and as the music librarian for the Mason Symphonic Band and is now the music librarian for the Mason Wind Symphony and the Virginia Winds Academy.  After graduation she plans to pursue a career as an arts administrator in the D.C. metro area.

Andrew String

Instrument: Percussion

Major: Performance

Hometown: Burke, VA

Andrew String is a Senior Percussion Performance Major with a minor in Arts Management.  Andrew is an active educator and performer in the Metro DC area, and has performed with groups such as the Cathedral Choral Society and the InSeries Opera Company, as well as university ensembles including the Mason Percussion Group, the GMU wind symphony, and the Mason Symphony Orchestra.  As an educator, Andrew teaches at Whitman Middle School as the percussion teacher, and Lake Braddock Secondary School as both a percussion teacher and drumline instructor.  As a member of the Mason Percussion Group Andrew has performed at NYSSMA, PASIC, the McCormick Marimba festival in Tampa, and the Collegiate Music Society convention in Vancouver, Canada.  Andrew also has a small studio of private students, and is always looking for more students passionate about learning percussion.

Jeongwon Bae

Instrument: Flute

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Seoul, Korea

Strengths: Relator, Maximizer, Harmony, Developer, Arranger

Jeongwon is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. A student of Professor Julianna Nickel, Jeongwon is an active performer and an educator. She has won Mason’s Concerto Competition, placed as one of the finalists for Flute Society of Washington’s Collegiate Soloist Competition, and was selected to participate in United States Air Force Band Collegiate Symposium. As an educator, Jeongwon gives private lessons as well as teaching through Mason Community Arts Academy as a Junior instructor. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s in Flute Performance.

Taisha Estrada

Instrument: Voice

Major: Music Education