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.

Ryan Salak

Instrument: Trumpet

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Strengths: Includer, Positivity, Empathy, Developer, Consistency

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.

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.

Rosie Wright

Instrument: Voice

Major: Vocal Performance

Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA

Strengths: Harmony, Futuristic, Connectedness, Developer, Input

Rosie Wright is a Sophomore vocal performance major from Harrisonburg, VA studying with professor Patricia Miller. She is serves as the social committee chair for Mason’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and is actively involved in Mason Opera. She works at the Center for the Arts ticket office as a ticket seller and cantors at Our Lady of Victory Catholic church in Washington, DC. When she isn’t in class or practicing, Rosie enjoys going thrifting or watching her favorite show, Parks and Rec.

Jason Seiler

Instrument: Guitar

Major: BM Jazz Studies

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Strengths: Learner, Harmony, Arranger, Restorative, Futuristic

Jason Seiler is pursuing a Bachelor’s Of Music in Jazz Studies with a concentration in guitar performance. He studies with Dr. Shawn Purcell and performs in various ensembles at Mason and around in the DMV area. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity and a leader in the Operations Crew for George Mason’s Pep Band, The Green Machine. In addition to this, he spends his free time teaching guitar lessons in the local area.

Nairobi King

Instrument: Voice

Major: Vocal Performance

Hometown: Chesapeake, VA

Strengths: Strategic, Futuristic, Achiever, Discipline, Connectedness

Nairobi King is a sophomore this year at George Mason majoring in Voice Performance. She is in Professor Miller’s studio and is an active member in Mason’s opera program. When Nairobi isn’t running around the music building she is a member of the women’s club lacrosse team and she also enjoys spending time with her friends, or reading. She looks forward to this school year and to be working with the music office with the music ambassadors.

Teresa Jenkins

Instrument: Clarinet

Major: Clarinet Performance

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Strengths: Individualization, Positivity, Includer, Responsibility, Developer

Teresa Jenkins, originally from Long Island, New York is a Sophomore Clarinet Performance Major studying under Dr. Kathy Mulcahy. She has been an active performer in the GMU Symphonic Band, Mason Wind Symphony and the Mason Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is the Sergeant at Arm’s in Mason’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and the librarian of the George Mason University Clarinet Choir. Teresa is passionate about the clarinet and events centered around creating a community of passionate musicians.

Joi Harper

Instrument: Voice

Major: BM in Composition

Hometown: Portsmouth, VA

Strengths: Learner, Input, Responsibility, Achiever, Relator

Joi Harper is a senior Music Composition Major, with a minor in Music Technology. In addition to being a third year returning Music Ambassador, she is also a Section Leader in the University Chorale and President of George Mason’s Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity. Within the School of Music, Joi performs, composes, and arranges for the University Chorale, the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble, the Green Machine, the New Sound Collective, and the Jazz Workshop. Outside of the School of Music, Joi also works with George Mason University Housing as an Assistant Community Director.

Kathleen Walsh

Instrument: Euphonium

Major: Music Education

Hometown: New Jersey

Strengths: Woo, Communication, Activator, Significance, Developer 

Kathleen, a sophomore from northern New Jersey, is a music education major studying euphonium under Dr. Mark Jenkins. She has been a member of the Symphonic Band, Jazz Workshop, Brass Ensemble, Green Machine, and Tuba- Euphonium Ensemble. She is currently the treasurer for the George Mason Tuba Euphonium Ensemble (GMUTEE). Outside of the school of music, she is currently a sister of Kappa Delta Sorority. Kathleen hopes to be a music teacher to young musicians, and is excited for Mason to create new and exciting opportunities for her!

Victoria Behrens

Instrument: Violin

Major: Violin Performance and Pedagogy

Hometown: Blue Ridge, Georgia

Strengths: Futuristic, Achiever, Positivity, Woo, Significance

Victoria is an undergraduate student at George Mason University pursuing violin performance and pedagogy studying under June Huang. She is currently in a quartet with cellist Eddie Adams, who was recently featured on CBS Morning News. She is also a member of the George Mason Symphony Orchestra and chamber ensembles. Victoria is the principal second violinist of the Mason Symphony Orchestra, and also serves as the orchestra manager for the MSO. Victoria has 13+ years of playing and performing experience beginning at the age of 8 along with 8+ years of orchestra experience. She has performed at Spivey Hall, The Rialto Center for the Arts, Hylton Performing Arts Center, the British Embassy, and many more. Victoria has performed in masterclasses with violinists such as Gregory Fulkerson, Irina Muresanu, Rene Jolles, Kirsten Yon, Hal Grossman, and Oleg Krysa. After graduation, Victoria plans to attend graduate school to receive a master degree in violin performance. Her career plans include teaching private violin lessons, free-lancing, performing, etc. in the D.C. Metro area.

Victoria is dedicated and passionate about music, violin, and teaching. Music has always been a part of her life and wishes to spread the joy that is has brought her to others.