Notes from the Director, Issue 5

Posted on 04.11.2016 by Darden


Issue 5

Dear Mason School of Music Family,

What an incredibly wonderful and intensely busy semester we are having in our School of Music! We hope you will join us at George Mason University for upcoming ensemble concerts as well as solo and chamber recitals.   Please support our amazing students in opera, jazz, symphony orchestra, wind symphony, percussion ensemble, and various chamber ensembles and jazz combos.  We are looking forward to our Wind Symphony’s performance at the Virginia Music Educator’s Conference this month in Hot Springs, VA and the Percussion Ensemble’s performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis.   Both of these Mason ensembles have won highly coveted performance spots in prestigious conferences.  In addition, we are proud of our alumni who continue to make music around the world.  Kudos to Cristian Perez (MM in jazz studies 2012, guitar) and Yana Hristova (DMA candidate 2012-2014, flute) who performed this week at the Mason Korea campus in Songdo.

At this joyful season of Thanksgiving, please know that I feel truly grateful for each of you and for your support of our wonderful Mason students.  I wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving filled with memorable music as you are surrounded by family and friends.

Warm regards,


Dr. Linda Monson
Director, School of Music




Upcoming Concerts








Percussion Ensemble
Led by Prof. John Kilkenny
Monday, November 7 at 8:00 PM
pics for web2Darkness, Franco Donatoni – performed as part of the FOCUS day
**BurstMichael Burritt
*Triangle in the shape of a square, Matthew McBane
Knocking on woodTyler Eshendal
**Second Wind, Victor Provost
+Forest who Speaks in Dreams, Ruben Ramirez Diaz
**Prime, Kays Ishaq
^Aqua VitaStephen Gorbos
Pulses, Cycles, CloudsNico Muhly
* Excerpt performed, for a full recording click here
** World premiere, composed for Mason Percussion
+US Premiere
^consortium premiere, commissioned by Mason Percussion





Jazz 4 Justice: Tribute to the Greatest Generation 

The Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Carroll, joins Ed Weiner (Fairfax Law Foundation) and Cathy Croft  (Prince William County Bar Association) to present Jazz 4 Justice™, an annual benefit concert with a very special Veterans Day “TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST GENERATION.” Jam session and reception immediately following both concerts. (Poster by Barbara Powderly) 

Proceeds support vital community efforts by the law foundations and the George Mason University Jazz Studies Department.  

Purchase Tickets Here:
November 11th – Hylton Performing Arts Center
November 12th – Center for the Arts 

The Voyage to host “Jazz 4 Justice” Jam Session!Mason Jazz is excited to announce that student quartet The Voyage will host the jam session held in the lobby after each Jazz 4 Justice performance! L-R:  Benjamin Rikhoff (bass), Connor Holdridge (guitar), Patrick Foit (drums), and John Longbottom (alto sax). The Voyage is very active both on campus and in the Fairfax, VA area. Bring your instruments and sit in!




Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Concert
Led by Prof. Dave Porter
Sunday, November 13 at 6:00 PM
de Laski 3001




Mason Jazz Vocal Night 
Soloists from the Mason Jazz Voice Studio will perform along with the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble (director, Dr. Darden Purcell).  Joining us will be very special guests, Herndon High School Vocal Jazz (directors, Dana Van Slyke and Jim Van Slyke)! Featuring Tomas Jackson (piano), Marcelo Carrion (guitar), Connor Holdridge (guitar), Zack Williams (bass) and Sam Carolla (drums). Sunday, November 13
7:00pm, Harris Theatre
Free and open to the publicFor more upcoming jazz concerts, click here.




Upcoming December Performances




Mason Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Buy tickets here!





Mason Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

December 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Center for the Arts

Rapsodia Sinfonica, featuring Dr. Linda Apple Monson (piano) by Joaquin Turina
The Three Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1 by Manuel de Falla
….plus other Spanish-influenced and holiday pieces!

Buy tickets here!