Special Chamber Music Concert – Saturday, March 23rd

Ainur Quartet

Posted on March 08, 2019 by Matt Geske

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear our faculty chamber ensembles, the Ainur Quartet and the Ahrya Trio, perform on March 23rd in the Center for the Arts, Grand Tier III.  Supported in part by a grant from ARTSFAIRFAX, this event is free and open to the public.  Bring your friends and family and enjoy a special program of chamber repertoire!

WHAT: Faculty Chamber Music Recital
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 3PM
WHERE: Center for the Arts (Grand Tier III), Mason Fairfax Campus     See Map
PARKING: You can park in Lot K for free or the Mason Pond Parking Deck for $8
COST: FREE and open to the public

The members of the two ensembles are comprised almost exclusively of Academy music faculty, and we’re proud to show off their skills, talent, and musicality!

The Ainur Quartet (pictured at the top):
Claire Allen, violin
Andrew Juola, violin
Drew Robertson, viola
Zach Whitaker, cello

Learn More About The Ainur Quartet
The inaugural season of the Ainur Quartet, the faculty quartet in residence at Mason Community Arts Academy, unites violinists Claire Allen and Andrew Juola, violist Drew Robertson, and cellist Zachary Whitaker. They hold advanced degrees in musical performance from institutions including the Peabody Institute, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory, the University of Maryland, and George Mason University. All four are faculty members at the Mason Community Arts Academy, where they mentor and educate the next generation of string players. In addition to their quartet performances, members of the quartet regularly perform with the Tysons-McLean Orchestra, the Arlington Philharmonic, and the Washington Concert Opera.

The Ainur Quartet is actively engaged in educational outreach and community performances. The 2019 season will include educational performances at Woodburn Elementary School, Hunters Woods Elementary School, and Holy Cross Academy as well as performances at the George Mason University Center for the Arts and the Fairfax City Spotlight on the Arts festival.



Ahrya Trio

The Ahrya Trio (pictured above):

Seon Gyu Park, voice
Nayoon Choi, flute
Yerin Choi, piano

Learn More About The Ahrya Trio
Ahrya Trio is an emerging contemporary classical group in the Washington, DC area which
was established in 2016. The artists of Ahrya Trio have all studied classical music at renowned music schools in the United States and the UK. The purpose of the establishment of Ahrya trio is to be ambassadors of Korean contemporary classical music so that its beauty can be experienced by audiences throughout the United States and the world


Last fall, we were honored to be awarded a Project Support Grant from ARTSFAIRFAX, the county’s officially designated arts agency. This March 23rd concert is a culmination of the Faculty Chamber Ensemble Music Enrichment Project,  which included the two faculty chamber groups visiting several local schools in Fairfax County to enrich the student experience through chamber music, interactive performance, and teaching.


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The mission of ARTSFAIRFAX is to be “the voice of the arts, dedicated to fostering dynamic and diverse local arts, ensuring that arts thrive by providing vision, leadership, capacity building services, advocacy, funding, education, and information.”

The Academy would like to express our deep appreciation for the support received from ARTSFAIRFAX for this project.