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Join us for a Woodwind Chamber Ensembles performance this Thursday, June 9th, at 5pm at Reston Town Square Park!
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 graduating students from the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music! We are SO proud of you! https://conta.cc/3t0bCHs
Notes from the Director, Issue 111 Dear Mason Music Family, Congratulations to the Dewberry School of Music graduates of the Class of 2022! On behalf of our entire music faculty and staff, I want to offer our sincere congratulations t
The MASON JAZZ CAMP is four weeks away! Registration is OPEN. This camp is open to instrumentalists and vocalists of all abilities with a desire to advance their musical artistry and professionalism. Special guest artist this summer is trumpeter, bandleader and educator, Sean Jones!
CAMP REGISTRATION: https://music.gmu.edu/visit-us/mason-jazz-camp/
Camp Coordinator: John Kocur ([email protected])
We are thrilled to announce that Prof. Tina Beveridge will be joining our faculty as the new Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education in the Dewberry School of Music for the upcoming academic year.
Prof. Tina Beveridge has twenty years of music teaching experience in Seattle, Portland, and Chicago public schools. A specialist in choral music, she has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as the Community College and University levels. Early experience working in urban settings has directed Prof. Beveridge's philosophy and research in educational policy issues, which she has published in journals such as Arts Education Policy Review and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education.
Prof. Beveridge is earning the Ph.D. in Music Education in June 2022 from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She earned a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Northwestern University in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Music Education from Seattle Pacific University in 2002.
We are thrilled to announce that Ms. Lauren Rigby has been selected as our new Assistant to the Director and Marketing Coordinator for the Dewberry School of Music.
Ms. Lauren Rigby will be joining our administrative staff as the new Assistant to the Director and Marketing Coordinator at the Dewberry School of Music. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a Vocal/Choral Teaching License and a Minor in Spanish. For the past 12 years she has worked as a general music teacher and most recently taught in Fairfax County Public Schools. She has completed her Orff-Shulwerk Levels I and II at George Mason University and serves as a Cantorial Soloist at Temple Rodef Shalom. Ms. Rigby is excited to bring her creativity and passion for music to the Dewberry School of Music at George Mason University.
Another issue of Notes From the Director is available! Read about our upcoming end-of-semester performances and recitals, our newly appointed Director of Concert Bands, and impressive student awards and opportunities! We are proud of our musical Patriots! https://conta.cc/3MhGx9S
Notes from the Director, Issue 110 Dear Mason Music Family, Please join us this Sunday, May 15th, at 3 pm in Harris Theater for the Dewberry School of Music Honors Recital featuring extraordinary student performers--instrumentalists,
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. William L. Lake, Jr., will be joining our faculty as the new Director of Concert Bands in the Dewberry School of Music beginning in the upcoming academic year. Dr. Lake will conduct the George Mason University Wind Symphony and Mason Symphonic Band and will also teach Conducting and Wind Literature classes.
Dr. Lake has previously been serving as the Associate Director of Bands at the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam). Please read his full bio below.
Dr. William L. Lake, Jr. is the newly appointed Director of Concert Bands at the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music at George Mason University for the upcoming academic year. In this role, he will conduct the George Mason University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. He will also teach conducting and wind literature classes.
Before his tenure at George Mason University, Dr. William L. Lake, Jr., served as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam), where he was co-conductor of the Northern Symphonic Winds, principal conductor of the Crane Concert Band, and guest conductor of the Crane Wind Ensemble. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Lake taught undergraduate conducting, Secondary Wind Practices, Wind Literature, and the preservice Practicum in Beginning Instruments Course.
Dr. Lake earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Instrumental Conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the mentorship of Drs. John R. Locke and Kevin Geraldi. As a graduate student, he was the principal conductor of The University of North Carolina University Band and guest conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Casella Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Lake is the recipient of two master’s degrees, the first from Boston University in Music Education (2011) and the second from the University of Maryland, College Park in Wind Conducting (2014) under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Votta, Jr. In May 2006, Dr. Lake received the Bachelor of Music Liberal Arts -Jazz Studies Piano Performance Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park as a student of Jon Ozment and Christopher Vadala.
Dr. Lake maintains an active performance and clinic schedule as a guest conductor and lecturer throughout the country. He was a finalist for the 2017-2018 Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music and the Band Conducting Division of the American Prize. Recently, Dr. Lake served as a collaborating author for two books, Teaching Instrumental Music: Perspectives and Pedagogies for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press) and Music Education on the Verge: Stories of Pandemic Teaching and Transformative Change (Lexington Books), both to be published in 2022.
As a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Dr. Lake is the co-founder of I See You: Affirming Representation in Music. In this capacity, Dr. Lake has presented over twenty seminars across the United States on inclusive practices in music education and performance. With co-founder Dr. LaToya A. Webb, Dr. Lake has been invited to present on diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts and practices at the 2021 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the 2021 Virginia Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, the 2022 Texas Music Educators Association Conference, the 2021 National Association for Music Education National Conference and the 2022 National Association for Music Education Music Leaders Forum.
Dr. Lake is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc., Pi Kappa Lambda, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also honored with membership in Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc., and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Our latest edition of the Notes from the Director newsletter is now out! Read about the upcoming performances that our students and faculty have worked towards all semester, and join us in congratulating our retiring faculty members and our School of Music members who have recently won awards! https://conta.cc/3KOj4f1
Notes from the Director, Issue 109 Dear Mason Music Family, We hope you will join us for a thrilling Mason Symphony Orchestra and University Choirs concert this Sunday (May 8) at 7 pm in our beautiful Center for the Arts. Three stude
Mason Jazz celebrates International Jazz Day this Saturday, APRIL 30, 8pm in the Center for the Arts. Purchase tickets at: https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/international-jazz-day-concert/
Read our latest Notes from the Director to learn about our upcoming Spring concerts, masterclasses, and what our faculty and students have been up to lately! https://conta.cc/3KcNjvV
Notes from the Director, Issue 108 Dear Mason Music Family, Please join us for our Dewberry School of Music outstanding student performances during these final weeks of the spring semester. April is Jazz Appreciation Month and we ar
Check out the George Mason University Indoor Drumline's perfromance in the final round of WGI Sport of the Arts 2022 World Championships!
Tonight at 9:05 EDT at the University of Dayton Arena or streaming on FloMarching
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Our latest Notes from the Director newsletter is out! Read about all the exciting concerts, recitals, masterclasses, gigs, and lectures that Dewberry School of Music students and faculty have coming up this month: https://conta.cc/3rcBDmc
It's a busy time of beautiful music-making!
Notes from the Director, Issue 107 Dear Mason Music Family, Please join us for our Dewberry School of Music outstanding student performances during this busy month of April! We hope to see you this Saturday night, April 9, at the Hylto
Registration is OPEN for the Mason Jazz Camp, Summer 2022! This camp is open to instrumentalists and vocalists of all abilities with a desire to advance their musical artistry and professionalism. Special guest artist this summer is trumpeter, bandleader and educator, Sean Jones!
Visit https://music.gmu.edu/visit-us/mason-jazz-camp/ for more details and to reserve your spot! (Music is NOLA's Lament, NOLA's Return by Graham Breedlove with photos by Sierra Guard)
The Big Band Showdown is 3 days away! Monday, March 28, 8pm in the Center for the Arts! Featuring three great bands: the Mason Jazz Ensemble (Jim Carroll), Jazz Workhop (John Kocur) and special guests, Loudoun Jazz Ensemble (John Lewis)! Get your tickets at https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/big-band-showdown/
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