Mason Summer Flute Academy

Students at summer flute camp


Part of Summer Music Intensive Week!

Be inspired and grow musically with other fellow flutists as we explore flute repertoire, extended techniques, flute care and performance techniques in a challenging but supportive environment! Passionate faculty, including Mason School of Music professors and special guest artists, will guide students in a week of masterclasses, mock auditions, chamber music, flute choir and more. A final performance for family and friends will complete the week.



Ages:  13-18 years
Dates:  June 17-21, 2019
Times:  9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition:  $430 (optional room & board add $640 – see below)
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building


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Added Cost: $640

Whether you live near or far, students can add the “Summer Residential Option” and experience a week of campus life, with special evening activities included, while gaining new friendships with other like-minded artistic students. Students are fully supervised all week, with both male and female RA’s in housing. Rooms are double occupancy (linens and wi-fi included), and 3 meals a day are provided (dinner is included on Sunday, and breakfast and lunch are included on Friday). Check in is Sunday, June 16th, and students will check out Friday morning and be ready to depart immediately after the conclusion of the program on Friday afternoon.  After registering for Summer Flute Academy (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for and add “Summer Residential Option” to your cart – or REGISTER HERE . IMPORTANT: No refunds can be given for the Summer Residential option after April 1, 2019.


An “Aftercare” option is available for this program from 4-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for “Aftercare”, choose the corresponding week, and add to your cart – or Register Here separately.



Julianna Nickel, Flute Lessons Director/ Instructor:  Julianna Nickel, Mason School of Music Professor
Email questions to academy@gmu.edu
Read about Ms. Nickel

Julianna Nickel is a very active recitalist, teacher, and freelancer in the Washington, DC 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.



Leah Arsenault Barrick, Flute Lessons Guest Artist:  Leah Arsenault Barrick, Assistant Principal Flute for National Symphony Orchestra


Meg Owens Flute Guest Artist:  Meg Owens, Member of the Chamber Music Group REBEL and the Founding Member of Chamber Music Group Kleine Kammermusik
Read about Ms. Owens

In demand as a performer on historical oboes, Meg Owens has appeared with many of North America’s baroque ensembles, including American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Ars Lyrica, Folger Consort, Handel and Haydn Society, Mercury Baroque, Opera Lafayette, Tafelmusik, Tempesta di Mare, and Washington Bach Consort. She is a member of the chamber music groups REBEL and Kleine Kammermusik (founding member), whose 2017 debut album, “Fanfare and Filigree,” has received critical acclaim. Summer of 2019 sees her onstage at the Charlotte Bach Festival, the Staunton Music Festival, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, where she is on faculty. Hailing from eastern North Carolina, Ms. Owens earned degrees in oboe performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Manhattan School of Music, and the City University of New York. Ms. Owens is on faculty in the Historical Performance Institute at Indiana University, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University.


Krista PackGuest Artist:  Krista Pack, Music Teacher at International School in Hubei, China
Read about Ms. Owens

Originally from Centreville, Virginia, Krista Pack began playing the flute at the age of eight. Ms. Pack studied flute with Professor Julianna Nickel for four years at George Mason University, where she graduated in 2017 with a B.M. in Education. In the fall of 2017, Ms. Pack moved to Wuhan, Hubei, China where she began to teach elementary general music, middle school choir, and high school choir in a diversely populated international school. This year, Ms. Pack was privileged to join her international school in the foundation and creation of its first concert band. Ms. Pack loves being able to participate in building her school’s music department with the addition of new opportunities, new teachers, new courses, and new instruments. She is passionate about spreading the joys and the irreplaceable value of music education with people all around the world


Teaching Assistant: Julie McDonald


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To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.



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

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“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