Faculty & Staff

Luis Palacios

Music Fundamentals

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Adjunct Faculty)
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • B.M.E., Music Education, University of North Florida
  • B.M., Jazz Studies, University of North Florida
  • M.M., Jazz Studies and Instrumental Pedagogy, George Mason University

Luis Palacios is an active educator and performer in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. Area. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of North Florida where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. While at UNF he studied with Bunky Green, Dennis Marks, Lynne Arriale, Dr. Dennis Holt and several of the other world renowned music educators available at UNF. During his time at UNF he performed with the Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble 1 in prestigious venues including the Florida Music Educators Conference, Savanah Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall. While at UNF Luis was featured on the live DVD “April Green” alongside internationally renowned recording artist Lynne Arriale. In Jacksonville, Florida he worked with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra where he was featured as a soloist on several occasions alongside some of Northeast Florida’s best musicians with guest artist such as Chuck Bergeron, Idina Menzel, Shelly Berg, Pattie Austin and more.

At George Mason University Luis earned a Master of Music with a duel concentration in Instrumental Pedagogy and Jazz Studies. During his residence at GMU he has assisted Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Darden Purcell, in various outreach programs at the local and national level. Luis is the founder and director of the George Mason Jazz Saxophone Ensemble which holds the distinct honor of being invited and performing at the 36th International Saxophone Symposium, the 2013 Virginia Music Educators Conference, and the 2014 Jazz Education Network Conference in the span of just one year. While in Virginia he has performed with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the American Festival Pops Orchestra as a member of the ensemble and soloist. As an educator, Mr. Palacios is very active in the Prince William and Fairfax County School Systems as a clinician and serves as faculty on the Mason Jazz Summer Workshop. In April of 2013 Luis presented research and strategies to improve the impact on student learning at the 24th International Conference on College Learning.

As a performer Luis has performed alongside world renowned artist such as Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano, the Clayton Brothers, Vincent Herring, Richard Stoltzman, Gary Burton, Bobby Floyd, and many more. Luis is currently working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at George Mason University where he also teaches a variety of music courses and performs with the Mason Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jim Carroll.

Contact Prof. Palacios:  lpalaci7@masonlive.gmu.edu