Music @ Mason: 2011-10-27

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School of Music Newsletter

October 27, 2011

Hello Mason Music Fans! Here's this week's School of Music news:

This week's student recitals:

Sunday, October 30:

3pm, Harris Theatre: Ina Mirtcheva Doctoral Piano Recital
7pm, Harris Theatre: Caren Warfield Junior Voice Recital

Ensemble Events

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Jazz Combos Concert


Jazz Combos Concert

Tuesday, November 1, 8 pm
deLaski 3001

Admission is Courtesy of the School of Music

• The Jazz Combos under the direction of Professor Wade Beach will be performing jazz standards and original works, so come enjoy the creativity of their improvisation and a laid back atmosphere!

MW3Fall Concert

with the

M3E: Mason Modern
Music Ensemble 

Monday, November 7, 8 pm
deLaski room 3001

Admission is Courtesy of the School of Music

• Featuring the Mason Modern Music Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Rachel Bergman
    and Dr. Margaret Owens.
• Premiering works by:

  • Matthew Clevenger
  • Julio Diaz
  • Liza Figueroa-Kravinsky
  • Steven Minson
  • Matt Nolan
  • Mark Taylor


Portrait of the American Civil War Guest Conductor Douglas Mears


The Washington
Symphonic Brass &
Fairfax Choral Society

Sunday, November 6, 3 pm

****Hylton Performing Arts Center****

Orchestra $25, Parterre $20, Students $10
Click here for tickets

The concert features GMU's new Ensemble-in-Residence, The Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Fairfax Choral Society under the direction of Douglas Mears

• The performance honors the sesquicentennial at GMU's new Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, VA, a location perfectly suited for such an event.

• They will be performing songs from the Civil War along with the music of Stephen Foster and Aaron Copland.

Click here to visit the event page

Jazz 4 Justice


Jazz 4 Justice

Friday, November 11, 8 pm
Concert Hall

$20 Adults, $15 Seniors,/Students
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• Join the Mason Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Professor Jim Carroll, sponsored by the Fairfax Law Foundation for the 10th annual Jazz 4 Justice.

• The acclaimed event will feature big band charts from the World War II era, many of which are still favorites today!

Click here to visit the event page


Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert

Monday, November 21, 8 pm

Hylton Performing Arts Center

$15 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students
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The Mason Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Dennis M. Layendecker will be presenting a concert of late 19th and early 20th-century works. Featured soloist Yoonji Kim, a doctoral piano student of Dr. Linda Monson will perform Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16. 

• Performing:

  • Vaughan Williams "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis"
  • Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16
  • Brahms Symphony No.2 in D Major, op. 73

Click here to visit the event page

Calendar of Events


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School of Music Headlines


The GMU School of Music's own Dr. Michael Nickens, known to most as Doc Nix, was honored with the University's Spirit of Mason Award at a ceremony last Wednesday, October 19th. Twenty-four other GMU employees received awards at the ceremony for their contributions to the school.

Doc Nix directs the Green Machine pep band at GMU, whose recent performance at Mason Madness was a hit not only with the audience at the Patriot Center, but also online. Congratulations, Doc Nix! The GMU community and the School of Music thank you for all you have done and continue to do!


Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity, awarded the Distinguished Service to Music Medal in the area of Composition to Professor Mark Camphouse. It is the highest award presented by the fraternity and recognizes leading musicians in the areas of composition, concert band, marching band, instrumental music education, artist performer, industrial research and progress, contributing laymen, alumni achievement, and fraternity service.

Professor Camphouse received this medal during the GMU Wind Symphony concert Tuesday, October 18th. He was the 18th musician to receive this honor since the medal was instituted in 1963. Other recipients of this award include Alfred Reed, Frank Tichelli, Claude T. Smith, and Clare Grundman. This was not Professor Camphouse's first interaction with Kappa Kappa Psi; he was commissioned to compose Two American Canvases for the fraternity's National Intercollegiate Band, which premiered at the National Convention in 2009, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Congratulations on this remarkable honor, Professor Camphouse! The School of Music is so pleased that you were recognized for your outstanding achievements!

Camphouse Award

Click here to visit the Kappa Kappa Psi, Mu Omicron (GMU) chapter website

For more information, contact:
Barbara Powderly
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
School of Music
George Mason University


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