Visit Us

Please visit the admissions website for the most up-to-date information on visiting the campus.

In-Person Tour Policy 

The Dewberry School of Music offers in-person tour opportunities to prospective and incoming students and their families. Tours are by appointment only, and if you are interested in scheduling an in-person tour, please contact Emily Craine.

Virtual Tour Opportunities

We are continuing to offer virtual tour opportunities for those who are not able to come to campus. If you would like to see the music spaces in real time, you may schedule a “live” virtual tour that will be held over Zoom or FaceTime. Please contact Emily Craine for more information.

A Virtual Tour of Our Spaces

Shadow Days

Shadow Days

Get the experience of a Mason music student for a day! Led by our Mason Student Ambassadors, our Shadow Days feature opportunities to attend classes, watch and participate in ensemble rehearsals, meet faculty and current students, tour our facilities, learn about the audition process, and much more. All students are welcome to attend.

The Dewberry School of Music will be hosting more Shadow Days during the Spring 2023 semester. Please check back for upcoming dates.

A Sample Schedule

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Conducting, Aural Skills, or Music Theory
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 p.m. Music Theory, Music in Computer Technology, or Musical/Oral Communication
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Chamber Ensembles
12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Studio Classes and Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. School of Music Tour and Q&A Session
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Music Education Method Courses and Ensemble Rehearsals
(University Singers, Percussion Group, and Jazz Combos)
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Instrument Pedagogy, Musics of the World and Ensemble Rehearsals
(Symphonic Band and Jazz Workshop)
4:30 p.m. End of Day

*Optional rehearsal at 4:30pm for Symphony Orchestra, highly recommended for string players

Instrument Days

Instrument Days

The Dewberry School of Music is pleased to offer instrument days to middle and high schoolers and to the wider community at large.

Bring your instrument to Mason and take part in engaging activities, including a chance to perform in an ensemble as well as attend masterclasses. All instrument days take place in the deLaski Performing Arts Building on the Fairfax campus. Check back in the Fall for more instrument day dates. Past instrument days have included: Brass Day, Trumpet Day, Trombone Day, Horn Day, and Tuba/Euphonium Day.

Past Guests - Brass Day

Barclay Brass Ensemble playing at Brass Day
Barclay Brass Ensemble played at Brass Day

Dewberry School of Music hosted a Brass Day in November, 2022. Included were master classes, performances, instrument demonstrations, vendors, instrument repairs, and more. Various ensembles participated including the Mason Trumpet Ensemble, SlidinGMUsic, GMUTEE, Robinson Trombone Choir, Horn Trio, 8th GM Regiment Band, and Braddock Road Brass Band. Several special guest artists, including Barclay Brass, Capital Horns, and Herald Trumpets performed and gave masterclasses.

Past Guests - Double Reed Day

Professors Christopher Jewell and Emily Snyder Foster will be teaching.
Professors Christopher Jewell and Emily Snyder Foster taught masterclasses at the Double Reed Day.

Mason hosted its first ever Double Reed Day with Professors Emily Snyder Foster (oboe) and Christopher Jewell (bassoon). All ages and abilities were welcome to participate in group masterclasses, hear a faculty recital, and play instruments from several local vendors. Participants were encouraged to bring their own instruments to play in our double reed choir.

Mason Jazz Festival logo

Saturday February 18, 2023

The Mason Jazz Festival is an invitational event open to middle school, high school, collegiate and community Jazz ensembles. This festival will take place Saturday, February 18, 2023 on the George Mason University Fairfax campus.

Sponsored by Mason Jazz Studies and the Jazz Education Network, participating groups will perform a 20-30 minute set, followed by a clinic by Mason Jazz faculty and special guests.

Mason Jazz Camp

Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23, 2023

The Mason Jazz Camp, held on the George Mason University Fairfax Campus, is an inclusive, intensive program, for musicians (instrumental and vocal) of all levels, with a desire to advance their musical artistry and professionalism. (Responsible people of all ages are welcome to attend.) 

The Mason Jazz Camp offers classes in improvisation, jazz theory, ear training, performance practice (big bands and combos), composition, arranging and jazz history. Students have the opportunity to study and participate in master classes and concerts with leading educators and performers in the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland region.

CVPA Spotlight Days

Mason Fairfax campus - Center for the Arts
Center for the Arts at Mason's Fairfax campus.

For Admitted Students Only.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Spotlight Days give you the opportunity to celebrate your admission to the university, connect with current CVPA students and faculty, learn about university life resources, and get guidance on your next steps to officially become a Mason Patriot.

Admitted students are invited to Spotlight Days after admissions decisions are released.

Check back in the Fall for more Spotlight Days. Find more information.