Mason Chamber Music Intensive

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The Chamber Music Intensive is designed for advanced violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano players.

Each participant will work with GMU Dewberry School of Music professors in two different ensembles during this dynamic week of chamber music. In addition to gaining musical insights on their repertoire, students will also work on developing the skills needed to collaborate effectively with their peers. All students will participate in a final event.

Daily Sample Schedule:
Ensemble Coachings
Special Topics and Presentations such as faculty performances, open masterclasses, sightreading sessions, and lecture demonstrations.

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Ages:  12 – 18
Dates:  June 21 – 25, 2021
Times:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm (M-F)
Tuition:  $300
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building
Audition Submission Deadline: FridayJune 11.
*After Care not available for Summer 2021



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A successful audition is required to participate in this program. Audition material will be used to determine ensemble placement and repertoire. Please upload your video to YouTube as an unlisted video and paste the video link in the application above by Friday, June 11.

Minimum Level Requirements

Audition Material:





Director/Violin Instructor: June Huang
Mason School of Music Professor
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Professor June Huang serves as director of strings at Mason’s School of Music and holds a Masters of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was a member of the Young Artist String Quartet. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as an undergraduate. Professor Huang studied at the Meadowmount School of Music, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Kneisel Hall. Her primary teachers include Jens Ellerman, Stephen Clapp, Ronald Copes, and Marilyn McDonald.

An active performer in the Washington, D.C. area, she has performed with the National Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Wolf Trap Orchestra, Washington Ballet Orchestra, and Amadeus Orchestra. She is a frequent chamber music collaborator and has appeared in concerts with the Staunton Music Festival, Red Lodge Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, and Virginia Virtuosi. A specialist on the baroque violin, Ms. Huang plays and records with Opera Lafayette, Four Nations, REBEL Baroque Orchestra and Mannheim Rocket. Leadership positions have included concertmaster of the Washington Bach Consort and the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra.

Professor Huang is a passionate teacher and has a strong interest in furthering the field of violin pedagogy. She is a guest clinician at many camps, schools, workshops, and clinics. A teacher certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and a recipient of a research grant from the Levine School of Music, she visited Matsumoto and studied violin pedagogy with Dr. Suzuki.

Professor Huang founded and directed the String Camp/Strings Plus at Levine Music in Washington, D.C. for 26 years.

John Healey Piano Lessons
Piano Instructor: Dr. John Healey
Mason School of Music Professor
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Dr. John Paul Healey has served on the piano faculty of George Mason University’s School of Music since 2004. Since then he has performed with students, faculty members, and as a soloist in most of the performance venues on campus. He has been included as an annual faculty presenter in GMU’s Piano Pedagogy Seminars since 2009.

Dr. Healey has earned piano performance degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Texas Christian University, and Truman State University in Missouri, each time receiving full scholarship awards. Further studies in performance brought him to the Luzern Konservatorium’s Master Classes in Chamber Music (Switzerland) and the Internationaler Kammermusikkurs at Schloss Weinberg (Kefermarkt, Upper Austria). He has performed solo, concerto, chamber, and orchestral concerts in America and Europe, including performances of the Holocaust composer Viktor Ullmann’s piano music in German and Austrian synagogues. Locally, he has been heard in such venues as the Cosmos Club, the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the Lyceum and the George Washington Masonic Memorial (Alexandria, Va.), Harmony Hall (Fort Washington, Md.) the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and McNeir Recital Hall, on the campus of Georgetown University. A recording of his performance there with the Novella Chamber Players in November 2010 was recently featured on WETA radio’s Front Row Washington series.

He has been a visiting professor of piano at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a faculty member of the Middlebury College German for Singers summer program (Middlebury, Vt.). He has also been a featured performer and a master class clinician at Virginia Music Teacher’s Association state conventions. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he collaborates regularly with members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Air Force Band in chamber recitals. He has been involved with the Levine School of Music Strings/Strings Plus summer programs since 2004, either as an accompanist, faculty member, or artist-in-residence. He arrived as an independent music teacher in Northern Virginia in 1997, and since then has often served as an adjudicator for various local solo and concerto competitions. Dr. Healey is a past president (2005-7) of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers’ Association. He lives in Alexandria, Va. with his wife, Carolyn, and two sons.


Viola Instructor: Dr. Renate Falkner
Mason School of Music Professor
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Praised for her versatility and creativity, American violist Renate Falkner leads an active career as an educator, recitalist, and orchestral and chamber musician, performing across the U.S. and abroad. Equally at home on both modern and baroque viola, she performs regularly with groups such as the Baltimore Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Artis-Naples, and is a former member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. As a baroque violist, she has performed with Boston Baroque, Tafelmusik, the Yale Collegium Players, and Baltimore’s Pro Musica Rara.

A frequent chamber music collaborator, Dr. Falkner is Artistic Director of the Charm City Chamber Players, an ensemble designed to highlight original repertoire and transcriptions featuring the rich, dark sound of multiple violas and cellos. Having a keen interest in chamber music featuring the viola in more prominent roles, she has been a guest artist with the Fontenay Chamber Players and also frequently collaborates with colleagues in trios for flute, viola and harp or guitar. She has shared the stage alongside such artists as violinist Erick Friedman, violist Jesse Levine, harpists Rita Costanzi and Kayo Ishimaru, oboist Joe Robinson, flutists Sergio Pallottelli and Rhonda Cassano, and guitarist Jose Lezcano. She has been heard in venues as diverse as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book Library, in orchestras at Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Jordan Hall, as well as forums such as the American Harp Society and the National Association of Composers, U.S.A. Summer appearances abroad have included the Verbier Festival, Switzerland, the Spoleto Festival, Italy, and a faculty appointment at the Carvalho Festival of Music in Fortaleza, Brazil. She also performs annually at the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington. She has recorded for the Chandos, Nimbus, and Rezound music labels. An accomplished educator, Dr. Falkner received her undergraduate training at the Oberlin College and Conservatory, earning degrees in both viola and Ancient Greek, studying with Roland Vamos. She completed her graduate studies at the Yale School of Music as a scholarship student and assistant to the late violist Jesse Levine, and holds a doctorate from the Florida State University, under the direction of Pamela Ryan. Her treatise examining York Bowen’s viola music in the context of the English Musical Renaissance was the first to focus entirely on the composer’s compositions for viola.

Dr. Falkner is an active board member of the American Viola Society, where she is currently Chair of the 2020 AVS Orchestral Excerpt Competition and Seminar. After nearly a decade at the University of North Florida’s School of Music, she and her husband, cellist Steven Thomas, recently relocated to Baltimore. She joins the faculty at the George Mason University School of Music as an Adjunct Professor of Viola and also coaches chamber music through the Peabody Institute’s Preparatory Program.


Dorotea Racz, Cello Lessons
Cello Instructor: Dr. Dorotea Rácz
Mason School of Music Professor
Read about Dr. Rácz

Croatian cellist Dorotea Rácz has concertized throughout Europe, United States, Central, and South America as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Dr. Rácz has performed in prestigious venues such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria), the Teatro Naval in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Carnegie Hall in New York (USA). Recent festival appearances include International Festival “Umbria Classica”, International Tango Festival Medellin (Colombia), Festival Musica de Camera San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), and Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (USA).

A passionate collaborator and advocate of 20th and 21st-century music, Dr. Rácz is the founder and co-director of Audeamus International Music Festival, a performance and teaching festival in Zagreb, Croatia. In addition to the annual festival in Zagreb, Dr. Rácz has directed auxiliary concerts under the auspices of Audeamus in the United States, including “100 Years of Croatian Classical Music” at the Kennedy Center. In 2017, Dr. Rácz has recorded chamber music of Robert Muczynski for a Dutch label Brilliant Classics.

In recent years, Dr. Rácz serves as the principal cellist of the Pan American Symphony Orchestra and a cellist of D.C.-based piano trio Tango Camerata. She has collaborated with Piazzolla protégé Martin Leon, and the tango quintets Forever Tango and F-21. Moreover, Dr. Rácz has presented various concerts of Central and South American music in association with the Latin American Music Center. Most recently, Dr. Rácz appeared as a soloist with the Pan American Orchestra at the Kennedy Center presents the North American premiere of Arturo Marquez Cello Concerto Espejos en la Arena.




This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.

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“I loved all of my groups, and I liked having a faculty performance every day and having yoga as a way to take a break.” – Chamber Music Intensive 2019 Participant




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