Opera Lafayette Presents Pergolesi

Opera Lafayette presents


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Thursday, February 2, 2023, 7:30pm

Pre-Concert Lecture 6:30-7:00pm in the theatre by scholar Rebecca Harris-Warrick 

This program is dedicated to the music of Pergolesi, whose enormous popularity during the era of Madame de Pompadour inspired the Guerre des Bouffons, an intellectual and artistic battle between partisans of Italian and French music. The performance will feature a semi-staged program of the Italian composer’s extraordinarily popular comedy La Servante maîtresse and a concert rendition of his beloved Stabat Mater, conducted by Patrick Dupré Quigley.  

Opera Lafayette has graciously offered a 55% discount to MCAA students and their families with code Pergolesi23.

Community Outreach Events Instruments in the Attic

Instruments in the Attic: Instrument Drive

The first Mason Band Concert of the academic year will take place on Monday, October 17th at 7:30pm in Mason’s Center for The Arts Concert Hall, featuring the Mason Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony, conducted by the new Director of Concert Bands, Dr. William L. Lake, Jr.
Dr. Lake has sparked a partnership with MCAA’s Instruments in the Attic Program by initiating an Instrument Drive to be held at each of the Mason band concerts this year, beginning with his inaugural concert as Director of Concert Bands on 10/17. The next concert dates will be Mason Symphonic Band on 11/21 and Mason Wind Symphony on 12/1. Instruments can be dropped off at the MCAA table in the Center for The Arts lobby prior to each of these concerts, beginning at 7pm. A representative from MCAA will be there to facilitate donations and to answer any questions you may have.

Instruments in the Attic works to give donated instruments a new life by getting them into the hands of students and teachers in need. All donations to help us continue this mission are greatly appreciated! Any questions can be directed via email to Samantha Clarke, Coordinator of the Instruments in the Attic program at We hope you can join us at these concerts and that you consider donating any instruments you have that are no longer being used!

Tickets and more information can be found here:

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Art Events

Arts Alive! 2022

Arts Alive! 2022 is the perfect way to experience the rich offerings of our community arts organizations. Join us for an afternoon of performances across multiple stages, both indoors and outdoors, and celebrate your local arts community on Sunday, September 11 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly festival is co-presented by the Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center and is fun for-all-ages.


  • Hands-on activities and live demonstrations for all ages
  • Live performances and exhibits by local artists and arts organizations
  • Visual art on display and for sale
  • Local writers reading and selling their work
  • Food and beverages available for purchase, and more!

Check back through September 11 for the full schedule of events and performances at for information, or visit


Recent Student, Faculty, and Staff Graduates

Mason Community Arts Academy celebrates our students, faculty, and staff who recently graduated!



Ashlyn Rock, Instructor – Voice

University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

Masters in Vocal Performance

Ashlyn plans to continue teaching, taking lessons and coachings in Cincinnati between visits back home to Virginia, and auditioning for Young Artist Programs in Opera throughout the year.


Danae Powers, Oboe Teacher

Danae Michelle Powers, Instructor – Oboe

George Mason University

Masters of Music in Oboe Performance

Danae is building her oboe studio in the area while taking orchestral auditions.



Lucas Kremer, Jr Instructor – Saxophone

George Mason University

Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education

Lucas will continue working as a saxophone instructor and staff member at Mason Community Arts Academy.



Madelyn Marie Austin

George Mason University

Master’s in Instrumental Conducting and Oboe Performance

Madelyn hopes to continue teaching music and oboe to students in surroundings schools.



Vincent Muscarella, Teaching Artist – Guitar

Towson University

Master of Music, Classical Guitar

Vincent plans to attend George Mason University as a DMA student and teach and perform in his new community of Fairfax, VA.



Ariel Williams Saxophone Lessons

Ariel Williams, Instructor – Saxophone

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Master of Music, Saxophone Performance




Yiming Yang

George Mason University

Master of Arts in Arts Management

Yang will be helping with MCAA’s Summer 2022 Arts at Mason camps.




Anastasia Groccia

Instructor: Claire Allen, Teaching Artist – Violin

Marshall High School

Anastasia is headed to Virginia Tech to study neuroscience.


Sophie Prabhakar

Instructor: Claire Allen, Teaching Artist – Violin

Woodson High School

Sophie is headed to St. Andrews University in Scotland to study astrophysics.


Eric Wolpert

Instructor: Claire Allen, Teaching Artist – Violin

Fairfax High School

Eric is headed to University of Virginia to study computer science.


Brighid McNiff

Instructor: Dr. Misha Tumanov, Teaching Artist – Piano

Brigid will be enrolling in the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance program at Ball State University, Indiana.


Alana Lyons

Instructor: Seon Gyu Park, Teaching Artist – Voice

George Mason University

Alana earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mason’s Theater program, with a concentration in Performance.

Alana will also be teaching with AFYP, as a front of house manager for Workhouse Performing Arts OnStage series, and she will soon be performing in the staged reading of “Midsummer Rekindled” through the GMU’s Professional Artist Residency in Theater (PART).


Ky Dermott

Instructor: Seon Gyu Park, Teaching Artist – Voice

Lake Braddock Secondary School

Ky will be enrolling in the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theater program at George Mason University.


Christian Orrico

Battlefield High School

Christian will be attending James Madison University (JMU) next year and majoring in physics with hopes to participate in the JMU Chamber Orchestra.


Art Events

Spring 2022 MCAA Student Art Showcase

Mason Community Arts Academy features student works from Spring 2022 Art Classes—Art Adventures (ages 4-7), Art Foundations (ages 8-11), and Art Explorations (ages 12-18)—on Saturday, April 30th, 11 am -12 pm at Buchanan Hall Atrium. The Art Adventures class created works about commemorative and magical objects in Ancient Egypt, the Art Foundations class explored art through Popular Culture, and the Art Explorations class focused on historical art making methods and contemporary art. Free and open to the public, the showcase provides the perfect sneak-peak into our art curriculum and classrooms, which are located in the Art & Design Building on the Mason Fairfax Campus.

WHAT: Spring 2022 MCAA Student Art Showcase
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2022, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Buchanan Hall Atrium, Mason Fairfax Campus
PARKING: Visitors can park in the adjacent Lot A for free (this Saturday only) or the Shenandoah Parking Deck for $8.

Due to one class cancellation, all three classes will meet at 10 am at the School of Art Building on April 30th. Classes will migrate to Buchanan Hall before the exhibition. We ask that families do not remove any student work from the gallery before 11:45 a.m. so that all may enjoy the work of our students & teachers. Academy staff and instructors will be available for questions. Please call the Academy office during regular business hours at 703-993-9889 if you need more information.

Events Music

Violinists Claire Allen and Matt Richardson Present Fundraising Concert

Join Violin Teaching Artists Claire Allen and Matt Richardson for an evening of music celebrating the violin on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 8:00pm – livestreamed on our YouTube channel!

Featuring works by Bologne, Clarke, O’Connor, Shostakovich, and Sarasate, this concert will highlight the versatility and virtuosity of the violin. This concert is being presented as a fundraiser for two summer programs directed by Ms. Allen and Mr. Richardson, Violin Bootcamp and Violin Academy. Donations received during this event will go directly to support student scholarships for these programs. The recommended donation is $10 per audience member viewing, but any amount will be gratefully received.

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel MasonArtsAcademy to view the concert on April 1st.

Donations can be made online to the Mason Community Arts Academy Excellence Fund from March 21-April 2 and your donation will be designated for these summer violin programs.






Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts 2021

Join us for the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts 2021 Festival from April 23 to May 9, featuring a variety of virtual and in-person concerts, workshops, artist demonstrations, lectures, and MORE! This year’s theme is Art Heals—celebrating the importance of the arts in our lives that bring us the power to heal. Click HERE to see full festival schedules.


Creative Collection Showcase Concert

Wednesday, April 28  |  7:00 p.m.  |  Virtual

A varied program featuring our faculty of MCAA and students and faculty of the Dewberry School of Music on wind, string, and brass instruments.



Creative Collection A Look Inside: A Composer’s Process

Premiere: Thursday, April 29  |  7:00 p.m.  |  Virtual

Join composer, Kitty Fields, discusses her compositional process and her work, “Air for Solo Flute Unaccompanied,” written for and performed by a flutist, Samantha Clarke. The flutist and composer will discuss aspects of the work, the thought process Kitty Fields went through when writing it, and suggestions/recommendations for the performer. After the discussion/interview, Samantha Clarke will share a performance of the work on flute.



Patriot Violins

Saturday, May 1  |  2:00 p.m.  |  Veterans Amphitheater
10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA

The Patriot Violins of Mason Community Arts Academy, under the direction of Ms. Claire Allen, present a program of American composers showcasing the diversity of musical traditions in the United States.

Limited spaces, click HERE to RSVP.



Fourth Annual Student Playwright Festival

Premiere: Sunday, May 2  |  2:00 p.m.  |  Virtual

This online play festival features the written work of AFYP/MCAA students aged 7-17, presented as stage readings acted by our Acting Faculty.


Arts in the Online Community

Although we are isolated from one another physically, some businesses, organizations, and artists are offering free resources to keep us connected in spirit through the arts. We are grateful for the arts community coming together during this special time. Please share with families in need of activity ideas. If you have any recommendations to add to this list, please email us at

  • Tune in for live-streamed performances, releases of previously recorded content, and interactive activities at Mason Arts at Home presented by Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.*
  • Meet Broadway performers, designers, authors, career advisors, and composers for a live conversation hosted by At This Stage.
  • Find an upcoming live stream performances and concerts by date and genre HERE.*


*These programs may contain explicit language or materials unsuitable for children. Please check the program details for guidance.

Announcements Events

POSTPONED: String Concert-Sunday, March 22, 2020

Due to current conditions as a result of COVID-19, and in the best interest of everyone’s health based on CDC and George Mason University guidelines, this concert has been postponed.

Academy string faculty and students are presenting a special string concert celebrating our string department and including works by Bacewicz, Beethoven, Schubert, and the Mendelssohn Octet. The concert will feature selected violin, viola, and cello students and faculty members, including Claire Allen, Rachel Holloway, Youbin Jun, Andrew Juola, Hyunji Lee, Patrick LeStrange, Caitlin Renner, and Zachary Whitaker. Students in the Violin Adventures Classes, Violin Choir, and Patriot Violins will also perform selected ensemble works. Come and enjoy these performances!

WHAT: String Concert
WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 2020   |    2 p.m.
WHERE: Center for the Arts, Grand Tier III   See Map

Announcements Art Events Film & Video

Off the Wall, Saturday, February 22

George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts invites the Academy family to Off the Wall, a family-friendly design, media, and fine arts festival featuring creative cuisine and local brewery and distillery tastings!

WHAT: Off the Wall fundraising benefit
WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2020  |  2-5 p.m.
WHERE: Art & Design Building, Mason Fairfax Campus  See Map
PARKING: Event participants can park in the nearby Parking Lot A
$30, General admission
$20, Mason alumni, faculty, and staff
$10, Ages 14-18
Free, Children 13 and under

Every Spring George Mason University opens its Art and Design Building to alumni, parents, prospective students, and the public for a hands-on showcase of the visual arts at Mason. Tour 15 open studios and hands-on exhibits with student and faculty artists, enjoy the music, plus create your own works of art—it’s a great party!

Ticket and sponsorship proceeds support arts scholarships and guest artist residencies. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500. For more information, contact Emily Rusch at 703-993-3872 or