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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Meet the 2017-2018 Mason Music Ambassadors:


Josh Ellis

Josh Ellis

Instrument: Trombone

Major: Music

Hometown: Dumfries, VA

Strengths: Deliberative, Achiever, Consistency, Learner, Relator




Carlehr Swanson

Instrument: Voice
Major: Jazz Studies

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Strengths: Input, Connectedness, Empathy, Ideation, Intellection

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Instrument: Viola

Major: Music

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Strengths: Learner, Responsibility, Strategic, Arranger, Analytical

Faith Ellen Lam

Instrument: Piano
Major: Performance
Hometown: Chantilly, VA
Strengths: Strategic, Connectedness, Ideation, Activator, Restorative

Danielle McLellan

Instrument: Bassoon
Major: Music Education (Instrumental)
Hometown: Herndon, VA

Strengths: Individualization, Positivity, Developer, Intellection, Empathy

Joseph Pazanowski


Instrument: Percussion
Major: Performance
Hometown: Ashburn, VA

Strengths: Adaptability, Empathy, Relator, Strategic, Restorative


Melissa Torres


Instrument: Voice

Major: Music Education (Choral)

Hometown: Burke, VA

Strengths: Developer, Empathy, Consistency, Adaptability, Belief

John Wehmeyer

Instrument: Double/Electric Bass

Major: Music Education (Instrumental)

Hometown: Arlington, VA

Strengths: Consistency, Learner, Responsibility, Input, Futuristic