Jr. Instructor - French Horn
Jessica Camarata is an undergraduate at George Mason University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education. Ms. Camarata is a member of the George Mason University Wind Symphony and Mason Symphony Orchestra. Since freshman year, she has been a member of the GMU Brass Ensemble and GMU Horn Quartet which were both selected to perform at the GMU School of Music Honors Recital. She is currently studying with James Nickel, the third horn of the National Symphony Orchestra. In the past, she studied with Brian Anderson, former Army Band horn, Ted Thayer, former Principle horn of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Carl J. Bianchi, retired conductor of the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra.
Ms. Camarata began playing the french horn in her school’s music program at the age of ten and has spent multiple summers teaching private lessons and attending various music camps. These camps include the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, Kendell Betts Horn Camp, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Throughout high school Ms. Camarata participated in the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Christopher Zimmerman. In high school, she participated in District Band and Senior Regional Orchestra and was also the horn sectional teacher for the concert band. Ms. Camarata had the opportunity to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. She received the directors award for 3 years, along with the Laura McBride Music Education Scholarship Award. Her passion for music and teaching continues to grow and she enjoys teaching people of all ages. Ms. Camarata’s favorite horn saying is, “Horn playing is easy. You just take a big breath and pucker your lips and put your whole life through the horn.” (Lili Agrell Age, 6)
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