Mason Summer Flute Academy

Students at summer flute camp

Part of Summer Music Intensive Week!


Summer Arts at Mason 2022

An exciting week of playing the flute with George Mason’s flute Professor, Julianna Nickel ( will kick off the 2022 summer break! Flutists will experience a week playing the flute in a very supportive atmosphere. The Flute Academy will focus on playing in flute ensembles, such as flute choir, duets, trios and quartets. Students will explore the amazing sounds of the flute outside of Classical music and have the opportunity to try piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute. The week will feature guest artist, amazing flutist, and all-around fun guy, Ethan Lin from Burkart Flutes. New York Flute Center will also provide an opportunity to try new flutes, look at flute gear, and talk with another industry specialist.

The Flute Academy week will be a celebration of moving forward and making music. Join us to play, move and be inspired!


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Ages:  13 – 18
Dates:  June 13 – 17, 2022
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
——US Army Band Woodwind Quintet
——Yoga for Musicians – Dr. Mulcahy
——Masterclass with Ethan Lin-Schwartz of Burkart Flutes
——Final Sharing Concert


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

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Julianna Nickel, Flute Lessons
Director/ Instructor: Julianna Nickel
Mason School of Music Professor
Read about Ms. Nickel

Julianna Nickel is a very active recitalist, teacher, and freelancer in the Washington, D.C., and Virginia areas. She is Adjunct Professor of Flute at George Mason University and a recipient of Mason’s 2017 Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Recent performances include substituting with the Washington National Opera in their production of Madame Butterfly, and recitals at the National Institute of Health, the Alden Theater, historic Mount Vernon, and on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Julianna loves performing with orchestras for the Washington Chorus, the Washington Choral Arts Society, and the American Festival Pops Orchestra. Julianna has also performed as a soloist with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, the George Mason Wind Ensemble, and the Landon Symphonette.

Formerly, Ms. Nickel was the Principal Flutist with the Evansville Philharmonic and Piccoloist with the Durango Music Festival. In Texas, She was also Principal Flutist of the Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras. She has performed as a substitute player with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Washington Ballet Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra. Julianna has adjudicated many competitions along the east coast and has presented master classes at National Flute Association, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, the West Virginia Flute Symposium, and the Richmond Flute Fest. Additionally, Julianna has performed at four National Flute Association conventions.

Julianna maintains a large flute studio at Mason producing successful performers, teachers, art administrators, and technology specialists that are employed across the world. In addition to teaching at Mason, she maintains a dynamic studio of adult flutists. Ms. Nickel’s first teaching position was Flute Professor at the University of Evansville, Indiana. She also taught for the summer programs at the Kinhaven Music Schools in Weston, Vermont, and the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa.

Ms. Nickel’s GMU and adult students are highly successful in local and national competitions. Four Mason students have won master class spots at various National Flute Association Conventions. Members of her studio have been selected as winners in the Collegiate Competition, the Master Class Performers Competition, and the Adult Amateur Competition at Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair. For most of Ms. Nickel’s seven years at Mason, her students have won spots in the University’s Concerto Competitions for the orchestra and wind ensemble. At the end of every school year, many Nickel studio members have performed in the Mason Honors Recital.

Julianna attended the New England Conservatory Music where she received both her Bachelors and Masters of Music. Her teachers were Paula Robison, Fenwick Smith and Leone Buyse. While at NEC, she was Principal Flute and Personnel Manager of the Gardner Museum Orchestra, a frequent Principal Flutist with the Vermont Symphony, and second flutist with the Boston Philharmonic. Ms. Nickel was a Tanglewood Fellow. She also won spots in the prestigious National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestra Institute. She spends two summers at the Aspen Music Festival where she soloed with their Chamber Orchestra.




Guest Artist: Ethan Lin-Schwartz
Read about Mr. Lin-Schwartz

Flutist Ethan Lin-Schwartz has performed and toured throughout Taiwan, China, and the United States. Raised in Southern California, Lin is one of the most visible musicians in the Los Angeles arts community. Ethan has performed with the prestigious Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Palm Springs Opera Guild, American Youth Symphony, and many other orchestras. He received his Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and Masters in Music from USC, both with an emphasis on flute performances. His primary teachers were Jim Walker, Sheridan Stokes, and Cathy Ransom Karoly.

In addition to performing, Ethan teaches privately and works full time as the flute and piccolo specialist and direct sales representative at the world-renowned Burkart Flutes and Piccolos. He currently lives in Bolton, Massachusetts, with his husband Mark and pup Teddy.




Instrument, sheet music and flute supplies. Time for flutists to try flutes and piccolos.




“I love that the camp provided multiple opportunities to perform and the amazing faculty and staff. Also, people came in every day and taught us new things about the flute that we never knew before. It was very interesting!” – Summer Flute Academy 2019 Participant

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“I loved meeting [the Guest Artist] and playing in flute choir.” – Summer Flute Academy 2018 Participant

“The chance to try and play other flutes in the flute family that aren’t easily accessible for everyone was fun!” – Summer Flute Academy 2018 Participant

“I appreciated the time dedicated to improving basics and technique which will translate into repertoire.” – Summer Flute Academy 2018 Participant




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