Notes from the Director, Issue 4

Posted on 28.09.2016 by Darden

Issue 4

Dear School of Music Family,

What an exciting and wonderful new academic year as we welcomed 76 new students to our School of Music!  Classes, ensembles, lessons, research activities, and concerts are in full swing within our School of Music student body of 360 music majors. Within the first few weeks of our Fall 2016 semester, we presented our School of Music Convocation, Grand Piano Celebration, and Arts by George! This newsletter highlights upcoming School of Music concerts and recitals through mid-October, new initiatives, and more.  We hope you will join us often for inspiring music by our amazing students and faculty.


The George Mason University Patriot Quartet sang the National Anthem at the Michelle Obama televised event (Hillary Clinton campaign rally) on September 16 in the Johnson Center. From left to right: Susanna Kelley, Byron Smith, Dylan Toms, and Sophie Smith. Coached by Dr. Lisa Billingham.


Ticketed School of Music Events


Tuesday, October 4 at 8:00 PM
Center for the Arts Concert Hall
George Mason University Wind Symphony
Prof. Mark Camphouse, Conductor
Fairfax Wind Symphony
Stan Schoonover, Conductor
American Canvases
Timpani Concerto (“Raise the Roof”) by Michael Daugherty
Prof. John Kilkenny, timpani soloist
Freedom of Speech by Prof. Mark Camphouse
Special Guest Conductor Prof. Linda Gammon
Buy tickets here.


Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
Freedom of Speech from The Four Freedoms (1943)

Know the Score: Pre-Performance Discussion
7:15-7:45 PM Grand Tier III
Led by Profs. Mark Camphouse and John Kilkenny
Included in the ticket price.


Matinee Idylls: Mason Jazz: Minding the Drums in Congo Square

October 4, 2016 at 1:30 PM
Gregory Family Theater, Hylton Performing Arts CenterMason Jazz hits the road to map the musical migration of “America’s Classical Music”: jazz. This musical journey travels from its birthplace of New Orleans to Chicago’s roaring 1920’s music scene to the swingin’ “cradle of jazz” in Kansas City, and other legendary jazz cities. Sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads the premier Mason Jazz Chamber Ensemble comprising faculty and students in a program that features songstress extraordinaire, Dr. Darden Purcell.
Buy tickets here.



Mason Symphonic Band
John Kilkenny and Dennis Stokes, Conductors
Tuesday, October 11 at 8:00 PM
Harris Theater
Varied program of chamber winds and symphonic music including
On the Mall by Edwin Franko Goldman
Dusk by Steven Bryant
Dance Music for Elfrid Ide by John Cage
Molly On the Shore by Percy Grainger.
Buy tickets here.

Know the Score: Pre-Performance Discussion
7:15-7:45 PM de Laski 3001
Led by Conductors John Kilkenny and Dennis Stokes



Come hear our Green Machine featured in Mason Madness!Friday, October 14 | 8:00 PM | EagleBank Arena

The 2016-17 George Mason basketball season will tip off at Mason Madness 2016! Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they receive the best seating in the arena. Admission is free for all fans!
School of Music Alumni brunch at Ozzie’s in Fairfax Corner
Sunday, October 16 | 12:00-2:00 PM
RSVP here



Non-Ticketed School of Music Events


Composers Week Recital: Video Game Music
Featuring music from Final Fantasy, Mario Brothers, and more
Sunday, October 2 at 6:00 PM
de Laski 3001
Event organized and conceived by Dr. Ina Mirtcheva Blevins


New Sound Collective
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Friday, October 7 at 7:00 PM
Harris Theater


Jazz Combos
Wednesday, October 12 at 8:00 PM
de Laski 3001


View our complete listing of all School of Music public events including
Student Recitals
Departmental Recitals



The College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University cordially invites you to attend our Fall Open House on Saturday, October 15. You will have the opportunity to tour campus and see the spaces where you’ll be performing, practicing and perfecting your craft. Students will be able to attend masterclasses, mock auditions, and meet with faculty and music ambassadors! This is a great opportunity for students to get to know a specific teacher and get a sense for our School of Music. Click here to register.