Mason Summer Double Reed Academy

Oboe & Bassoon
Part of Summer Music Intensive Week!


Summer Arts at Mason 2022

Come join us for an immersive double reed experience! Led by oboe professor Emily Foster (US Air Force Band) and bassoon professor Christopher Jewell (Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra), Mason Arts Academy’s Double Reed Camp will give students the unique opportunity to focus on solo repertory for oboe and bassoon, orchestral excerpts, and reed making. The Camp is open to all levels, and each student will leave with a reed they made themselves! We will also discuss instrument maintenance tips and how to make small reed adjustments to help individually tailor your reeds. We will close the week with spirited performances by our Oboe Choir and Bassoon Band!



Ages:  13 – 18
Dates:  TBD
Times:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm* (M-F)
Tuition:  $467
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building
*After Care is NOT available for this week


Special Topics

——Music Intensives Instructors Faculty Recital
——Final Sharing Concert


COVID REQUIREMENTS:  Students must follow University Covid protocols. Please see updates here.

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Co-Director/Instructor: Christopher Jewell
Mason School of Music Professor
Read about Professor Jewell

Professor Christopher Jewell is the Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. An active performer in the Washington, D.C. area, Professor Jewell also regularly performs with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Post Classical Ensemble, and the Annapolis Symphony. He has previously served as Principal Bassoonist of the Missouri Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, New World Symphony, and Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras. Professor Jewell has appeared as a soloist with the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention.

As a clinician and adjudicator, he has served as a judge for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Woodwinds Competition and has presented masterclasses for the DC Youth Orchestra and at schools throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He has additionally taught masterclasses at James Madison University and the University of Missouri, and was honored to coach students at the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony in Caracas, Venezuela, under Gustavo Dudamel. Professor Jewell coaches woodwinds for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and also maintains a vibrant private studio in Northern Virginia.

An avid chamber musician, he has performed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Georgetown University’s Friday Music Series, and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and has been featured on WETA’s Front Row Washington. He has also performed with bassoon ensembles at the International Double Reed Society and Texas Music Educators Association Conventions. Professor Jewell earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he studied with Barbara Wood. He continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Patricia Rogers, Principal Bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.


Co-Director: Emily Foster
Mason School of Music Professor
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Originally from Newark, Delaware, Emily Foster joined The United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC in 2013 and was appointed as Adjunct Oboe Faculty at George Mason University in 2019.

In 2007, Emily joined the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and studied at the prestigious Settlement Music School. She performed as principal oboist with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and during their tour of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007. In 2008, she was the winner of two concerto competitions and was featured as a soloist performing Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in C Minor with the Kennett Symphony and Newark Symphony Orchestra. In addition to solo performances, Emily has participated in the Banff Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

In 2013, Emily received her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Rice University studying under Houston Symphony principal oboist, Robert Atherholt. Prior to college, she studied with Jonathan Blumenfeld and Lloyd Shorter.

An active freelancer, Emily has frequently performed as a guest artist with the Washington Concert Opera, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Tyson’s McLean Orchestra, and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Also an avid chamber musician, Emily is the oboist in a reed quintet, the Atlantic Reed Consort, and made her Carnegie Hall debut with them in January 2017.




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