Academy Advisory Board
JP Phaup, Wells Fargo Bank, Arts at Mason Board
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John Paul (JP) Phaup is Managing Director – Investments of the Phaup Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, in McLean, VA. He has focused on wealth management and charitable strategies since 1991. Mr. Phaup was an adjunct professor in the Department of Finance at GMU’s School of Management. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the George Mason University Foundation and is Chairman of the Arts at Mason Partnership. He previously served on the boards of Capital Hospice and the Country Club of Fairfax. Mr. Phaup earned his Bachelor degree from the University of Southern California, an MBA from George Mason University, and was named Mason’s Alumni of the year 2009.
Jenna Day, Day Violins Music Store
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Jenna Day has been surrounded by music her entire life. Coming from a musical family, Jenna grew up listening to her mother and father singing harmony while her father played the baritone ukulele, or her mother played the piano in accompaniment. During her youth, singing, playing instruments of various types, and involvement in music became an important and integral part of Jenna’s life. Entering school, Jenna’s instrument of choice became the piano. By high school she was an accomplished musician, and served as accompanist to the school choir. She also sang in choir, both at school and at her church. She further played flute. Over the years, Jenna has served as accompanying pianist for various choirs, groups and individuals, both instrumental and vocal. She has also sung in various choirs and groups. A highlight of her musical experience has been to serve as the children’s music director of her church, where she has had the privilege and delight to teach young children the joys and beauties of music. Besides working in Day Violins L.L.C., Much of Jenna’s daily efforts are spent as a mother to her 4 children—where one of the primary undertakings is helping her own children explore and develop their musical talents. In her spare time, Jenna has an active “Design” business where she does calligraphy, floral design and event planning.
Scott Nurmi, Mojo Factory Productions
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Scott Nurmi is the co-owner of Mojo Factory Productions, a full-service video production company focused on supporting the arts, arts education, non-profits and associations. With more than 25 years of experience in the video industry, Scott produces documentaries, web content and live video performances for professional music, dance and theater companies, along with high school and community theater and dance companies. Scott’s on-going video productions for arts organizations include projects for The Washington Ballet, National Association for Music Education, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Scott is passionate about the arts, and supporting the Mason Community Arts Academy is a natural fit!
Anne Sharp, Mason Friends of Music, former FCPS teacher
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Donna Fleetwood, Mason Orff Schulwerk Program
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Donna Fleetwood is the artistic and curriculum director of the Orff Schulwerk Certification Program at George Mason University, where she received her training. She has also taught in Orff Certification Courses in Florida, Massachusetts and Utah. She recently taught music at the Bilingual Montessori School in Paris, France and has presented sessions in France, the UK, Hong Kong and Korea. In the U.S. she has experience as a general music and choral teacher at the Oak Knoll School in Summit, New Jersey, the Saint Albans School for Boys in Washington, D.C., and 23 years in the public schools of Prince William County, Virginia. Donna has been an AOSA national conference and chapter presenter, and has completed studies at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She is a founding member of the American Center of Elemental Music and Movement.
John Kilkenny, Mason School of Music
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John Kilkenny enjoys a multi faceted career that includes work as a performer, conductor, educator and arts administrator. Currently, John is Director of Percussion Studies and conductor of the Symphonic Winds at George Mason University. He also coordinates and oversees recruitment efforts and initiatives for the school of music and is the artistic director of the Mason Percussion Group. Sought after as a clinician and guest conductor, he has appeared at the Juilliard Summer Percussion Academy, John Philip Sousa Foundation National High School Honor Band, the Western International Band Conference, The Virginia Music Educators Conference, The Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, and at numerous universities and Days of Percussion throughout the country. John serves as Artist-in-Residence at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and the Music for All Summer Symposium. Recently, he founded and serves as the director of the Mason Summer Percussion Academy, which serves as the only comprehensive summer percussion-training academy in the region. John is a Yamaha Performing Artist and proudly sponsored by Vic Firth mallets, Zildjian cymbals, and Remo percussion products.
Kevin Murray, Mason School of Theater, Acting For Young People
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Kevin Murray teaches Audition Techniques for Stage and Camera and Acting for the Camera at George Mason University’s School of Theater. He works frequently as a freelance actor in films and on television, having appeared in HBO’s Veep and The Wire, House of Cards for Netflix, Paramount’s Runaway Bride, and many other independent films and television programs. As Program Manager, Kevin oversees new student recruitment, marketing and promotion, and special events. He is also a board member of Acting For Young People.
Denny Stokes, Northern Virginia Youth Winds
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Denny Stokes is the founding conductor of the NVYW Symphonic Winds. Prior to assuming this position, he directed high school bands at three schools in Fairfax County, Virginia for thirty-two years, and continues to serve as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator in the eastern United States.
Briton Camphouse, Nature Conservancy
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Briton Camphouse is part of the Donor Relations team at The Nature Conservancy.
Susan Graziano, Mason College of Visual and Performing Arts
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Susan Graziano is the Director of Development at Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Justin Sutters, Mason School of Art
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Dr. Sutters was a K-12 art educator in an urban school district for seven years and also taught for two years in São Paulo, Brazil. He completed his undergraduate and masters degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and attained his doctorate degree from the Ohio State University and he received national recognition for his dissertation. Since then he has been an assistant professor and currently is now the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Art Education at George Mason University. He has presented his research at the state, national and international level and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He has served on the Professional Learning through Research (PLR) working group of the National Art Education Association’s Research Commission the past two years and also has been a contributing member of the Data Visualization Working Group. His research focuses on pre-service practices pertaining to licensure and is especially interested in diverse teaching contexts. His studio practice and background is primarily in the 2-D realm including printmaking, drawing and watercolor.
Ina Mirtcheva, Academy Teaching Artist and Liaison for Mason Students
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Dr. Ina Radeva Mirtcheva is a May 2014 graduate of George Mason University with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance. Having earned her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from George Mason University, she subsequently earned a Master in Instrumental Collaborative Piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Mirtcheva currently teaches keyboard skills and is a member of the applied piano faculty at George Mason University’s School of Music, as well as a faculty member of the Potomac Arts Academy.
Claire Allen, Academy Teaching Artist and Faculty Coordinator
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Claire Allen is the Faculty Coordinator at Potomac Arts Academy, maintaining communication with the Music faculty, developing faculty-student and faculty-administration relations, and assisting with recital planning. She also acts as faculty representative on the Potomac board and other external organizations. Ms. Allen also helps coordinate various activities in the string department and has a large role in building and expanding the violin program. Previous administrative experience includes running her own private violin studio, working as an intern at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and working as a student assistant in the Arthur Friedheim Library at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She is excited to be part of the Potomac Arts Academy team and is eager to bring our students the best arts experience possible.