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Music

Teen Guitarists Enjoy Special Ensemble

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Guitar Teaching Artist Chris Jenkins started the Guitar Ensemble for Teens last year, and the response has been wonderful. Designed for intermediate to advanced guitarists, the ensemble provides a unique opportunity for students to hone their skills and learn small ensemble techniques.

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Along with learning to play as an ensemble, students gain good practice habits, learn how to prepare for a performance/audition, and explore fingerstyle/classical technique.

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The next Ensemble session starts on February 29th, and runs on Mondays from 8pm-9pm for 10 weeks. The ensemble will perform in Potomac’s Spring Recital Weekend on May 21 & 22. There’s still time to register – don’t delay!

MORE INFO ON THE GUITAR ENSEMBLE

 

See Video of Teaching Artist Chris Jenkins:

 

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Acting

Spend FCPS Spring Break “On Stage”

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At Acting for Young People and Potomac Arts Academy, we love when the time comes for Fairfax County Public Schools’ Spring Break each year, and this year is no different as we embark upon our third annual “Spring Break On Stage” camp, March 21-25!

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This program gives new and returning students a great chance to work with our faculty and staff, and build acting skills in a relaxed environment. Available as a daily or weekly program, each day has its own theme. The first day is an exploration of basic acting fundamentals, and the rest of the week includes activities such as Musical Theater, Playwriting, Radio Play/Voice Acting, and Improv & Comedy.

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Mary LechterMary Lechter, the Artistic Director of AFYP and Associate Director of Potomac Arts Academy says “Spring Break Onstage is the perfect opportunity to work with our faculty on some very specialized skills. It’s a joy to see a different group of students each morning, and watch them create something to share with their parents in a single day.”

 

 

REGISTER HERE FOR “SPRING BREAK ONSTAGE”

 

SEE ALL SPRING BREAK CAMPS (including Game Design and Magic Camps)

 

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Announcements

ALERT: Partial Activity Cancellation for Tuesday, Feb 16th

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Due to the inclement weather closing of Fairfax County Public Schools, the Academy is CANCELLING ALL GROUP CLASSES for Tuesday, February 16. Since George Mason University is open, we will be OPEN FOR PRIVATE LESSONS. The following are affected:

  • TUESDAY Private Music Lessons – We are open for Private Lessons at the discretion of the student and instructor. If you are not able to come to your private lesson, you MUST contact your instructor in a timely manner to let them know. You are eligible for a make-up due to inclement weather.
  • TUESDAY Group Classes – No Group Classes today. A reserved make-up day has been built in at the end of the semester, please contact your instructor for more information. For classes meeting for the first time, we will plan to meet NEXT Tuesday as normal.

Please email the Academy at potomac@gmu.edu with any questions. Thank you and stay safe!

Mason Potomac Arts Academy Staff

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ALERT: All Activities Cancelled Mon, Feb 15th

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Due to the inclement weather closing of both Fairfax County Public Schools and George Mason University, the Academy is CANCELING ALL ACTIVITIES for Monday, February 15. The following are affected:

  • MONDAY Private Music Lessons – Students are eligible for a make-up, please contact your instructor for more information.
  • MONDAY Group Classes – A reserved make-up day has been built in at the end of the semester, please contact your instructor for more information. For classes meeting for the first time, we will plan to meet NEXT Monday as normal.

For Tuesday, February 16 updates, please check our website, our social media channels, and your email inbox!

Please email the Academy at potomac@gmu.edu with any questions. Thank you and stay safe!

Mason Potomac Arts Academy Staff

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Piano Students Selected to Perform At Carnegie Hall

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FaithZuniga2_headshotTwo piano students of Teaching Artist Faith Zúñiga were awarded prizes in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition! They will both be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City later this year. Ava Harhay is a Second Place Winner and Keira Konson received an Honorable Mention. We are so excited for both of these students and look forward to updating you later this semester about their performances!

 

Ava Harhay  (pictured above with Ms. Zuniga) is 10 years old and lives in Falls Church, Virginia. Ava showed an interest in playing the piano at an early age and started lessons when she was six years old. She is currently taking lessons with Faith Zúñiga, adjunct faculty, at George Mason University Potomac Arts Academy. Ava enjoys piano performances and has participated in numerous winter and spring recitals. Ava was a winner at the 2015 Potomac Arts Academy Spotlight on the Arts competition and performed in the winners’ recital April 2015. She also recently earned second place in the American Protégé Competition and will be performing at Carnegie Hall in May.

In addition to her love and dedication to the piano, Ava plays soccer and is the goalie on her team. In her free time, Ava enjoys reading, watching, and learning everything there is to know about Harry Potter.

 

DSC_0248Keira Konson (pictured with Ms. Zuniga)  is 11 years old and from Oakton, VA. She started her piano study at the age of 5. Keira enjoys piano performance, gave her first shared solo recital last year and has played in the Fairfax County Piano Festival for the past 3 years, obtaining the highest rating each year. This is the second year Keira is learning under the great instruction of her teacher, Faith Zúñiga. She particularly enjoys playing the music of Edvard Grieg, but enjoys listening to a wide variety of music. Keira currently also plays the French horn in her school band. She makes fabric-tie wreaths to benefit AIDS orphans in her parents’ native South Africa – and loves every opportunity to visit! Keira has a great desire to serve others, starting with her parents and 3 siblings at home. She also enjoys ballet, lyrical, jazz and acro dance, baking and just about anything else she can pour her creative energy into!

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS, AVA, KEIRA, AND FAITH!! 

To start your own musical journey at Potomac Arts Academy, please use this link to learn more about private lessons!