Ensemble Co-Coordinators: Prof. Jonathan Bisesi and Prof. John Spirtas
Chamber music is at the core of our percussion students education. Through the deep and focused study of chamber music we can develop the necessary skills to become total percussionists.
All students participate in one of two types of ensembles: Mason Percussion Ensemble, comprised of all percussion majors and open to members of the larger university community; and Repertoire, including both large conducted works and smaller works of chamber music performed without a conductor. Qualified MM and DMA students participate in this group as ensemble coaches and conductors.
Mason Percussion Group
The Mason Percussion Group is the premiere performance ensemble of the percussion program. Comprised of the most accomplished graduate and undergraduate performers, the group regularly performs the highest caliber percussion chamber music.
The Mason Percussion Group has appeared at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, the Western International Band Conference, the College Music Society Mid Atlantic Conference, and the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Recently, the Group toured Costa Rica and presented clinics and performances at the National Conservatory in San Jose. In addition, students can perform in a variety of mixed chamber groups, steel pan, and Afro-Cuban ensembles.
The percussion studies program at George Mason University provides aspiring students a comprehensive educational experience. All students study with a percussion faculty who possess impressive performance and educational credentials.
Students are trained in virtually every aspect of percussion performance, including:
- orchestral and solo percussion
- chamber music
- steel pan
- afro cuban, and
- marching percussion.
Students eventually rotate through every professors studio, thus providing a complete and well-rounded educational experience. Major renovations and a substantial investment in new facilities and equipment offer ample instruments and practice facilities. Our prime location, minutes from Washington D.C., allows students a chance to hear the very best of live music, from Blues Alley to the Kennedy Center, every day.
Percussion students enjoy a wide variety of performance opportunities with ensembles including:
- Symphony Orchestra
- Mason Bands (Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band)
- Percussion Ensemble
- Contemporary Music groups
- Indoor Drumline
- Mason Jazz Ensemble
- Jazz Combos
- Green Machine, and
- Steel Pan Ensemble.