Mason Summer Band Camp
The Mason Summer Band Camp is a comprehensive musical experience for students enrolled in music programs or private lessons in Grades 6-12 with at least two years of playing experience. Students will enjoy the community of two large ensembles – a Jr. High and Sr. High Band – instrument specific break out sessions, a myriad of engaging masterclasses, recitals, and appropriate social events. The Mason Summer Band Camp aims to give students a glimpse of student artist life at George Mason University.
Students will have the opportunity to:
- Participate and perform in a variety of large ensembles (a Jr. High and a Sr. High Band), instrument specific breakout sessions, and masterclasses led by distinguished conducting faculty
- Engage with applied faculty at George Mason University in like instrument ensembles and optional private lessons
- Explore various ensemble configurations to expand their musical knowledge within various cultural and popular music styles
- Make friends and build a supportive social and musical community through fun,
teambuilding social activities
- Experience life as a music student at George Mason University by being a part of the thriving artistic community on the Fairfax Campus
Day Camp Option
Wind, Brass, and Percussionists from grades 6-12 are invited to spend a week of music making featuring a Junior High and Senior High Band, opportunities for private lessons with Mason faculty, and THE GREEN MACHINE EXPERIENCE! Day Camp tuition includes 8 meals (dinner Monday – Thursday and lunch Tuesday – Friday) and all special evening activities.
Check in is on Monday, June 19th, at 3:00 pm. Students will be dismissed to families Monday through Thursday at 9:00 pm. Students will dismissed on Friday, June 23rd at 4:30 pm after the conclusion of the Band Camp program (check in time and final dismissal time subject to change).
Residential Add On Option
Whether you live near or far, students registered for the Mason Summer Band Camp will experience a week of campus life, with special evening activities, while gaining new friendships with other like-minded artistic students. Students are fully supervised all week, with qualified counselors in housing and throughout their stay. Rooms are double occupancy with 3 meals a day provided (dinner included on Monday evening, and breakfast and lunch are included on Friday).
Residential Check in is Monday, June 19th, at 1:00 pm and students will check out of the dorms the morning of Friday, June 23rd and be dismissed to families after the conclusion of the Band Camp program at 4:30 pm (check in time and final dismissal time subject to change).
Monday, June 19
1:00pm – Residential Check in and Dorm Move in
4:15pm – Day Camper Check in
5:30pm – First Rehearsals
7:00pm – Dinner
8:15pm – Camp Orientation Meeting
9:00pm – Day Camper Pick up/Residential Students to Dorms
Tuesday, June 20 – Thursday, June 22
7:30pm – Residential Breakfast
8:30am – Day Camper Check in
9:00am – Ensemble Rehearsals
10:30am – Instrument Masterclasses
12:00pm – Lunch
1:15pm – Student Electives
3:00pm – Ensemble Rehearsals
4:30pm – Dinner
6:00pm – The Green Machine Experience
7:00pm – Evening Camp Activity
9:00pm – Day Camper Pick up/Residential Students to Dorms
Friday, June 23
7:30pm – Residential Breakfast
8:30am – Day Camper Check in
9:00am – Ensemble Rehearsals
12:00pm – Lunch
1:15pm – Residential Move-Out & Residential Parent Arrival
3:00pm – Mason Band Camp Performance
4:30pm – Camp Dismissal
Ages: Ages 10-14, 13-18 (Junior Band: 6th – 8th grades, Senior Band: 9th – 12th grades)
Dates: June 19 – 23, 2023
9:00 am – 9:00 pm*
Day Camp Tuition: $740
Residential add-on option: $255**
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building
*Monday Check-in for Residential Students begins at 1:00pm. Day Camp student check in begins at 3:00 pm. Friday Final Performance and Check-out will end at 4:30 pm.
**Students interested in the Residential Experience must also register for the “Mason Band Camp Residential Add On” program in addition to the Junior or Senior Band Camp program.
Registration opens Sunday, January 15th at 8:00 am
Residential Add On Registration closes Monday, May 1st
Day Camp Registration closes Thursday, June 1st
Junior High Band
Senior High Band
Residential Add On
Band Placement Video Submission
All registered students must complete the Mason Summer Band Camp Placement Video Submission Form after registration by June 1st.
- Students must submit one video performing an excerpt that best demonstrates your ability (no longer than 5 minutes) and the following scales:
- For Jr. High Band Students: 1 Octave B-flat Major scale and 1 Octave chromatic scale, if possible
- For Sr. High Band Students: 2 Octave B-Flat Major Scale and 2 octave chromatic scale
- Each student’s face and hands must be visible at all times.
Covid Safety Information
- Mason Community Arts Academy follows all safety protocols required by George Mason University. Visit our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.
- Mask & PPE Requirements—Masks are optional, but strongly recommended, for students and faculty in all programming. *See University Policy on Face Coverings for full details.
- George Mason Offers Covid Vaccine Appointments
Dr. William Lake, Jr.
Sr. High Band Director
Director of Concert Bands, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA
Dr. William L. Lake, Jr. is the newly appointed Director of Concert Bands at the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music at George Mason University for the upcoming academic year. In this role, he will conduct the George Mason University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. He will also teach conducting and wind literature classes.
Before his tenure at George Mason University, Dr. William L. Lake, Jr., served as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam), where he was co-conductor of the Northern Symphonic Winds, principal conductor of the Crane Concert Band, and guest conductor of the Crane Wind Ensemble. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Lake taught undergraduate conducting, Secondary Wind Practices, Wind Literature, and the preservice Practicum in Beginning Instruments Course.
Dr. Lake earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Instrumental Conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the mentorship of Drs. John R. Locke and Kevin Geraldi. As a graduate student, he was the principal conductor of The University of North Carolina University Band and guest conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Casella Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Lake is the recipient of two master’s degrees, the first from Boston University in Music Education (2011) and the second from the University of Maryland, College Park in Wind Conducting (2014) under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Votta, Jr. In May 2006, Dr. Lake received the Bachelor of Music Liberal Arts -Jazz Studies Piano Performance Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park as a student of Jon Ozment and Christopher Vadala.
Dr. Lake maintains an active performance and clinic schedule as a guest conductor and lecturer throughout the country. He was a finalist for the 2017-2018 Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music and the Band Conducting Division of the American Prize. Recently, Dr. Lake served as a collaborating author for two books, Teaching Instrumental Music: Perspectives and Pedagogies for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press) and Music Education on the Verge: Stories of Pandemic Teaching and Transformative Change (Lexington Books), both to be published in 2022.
As a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Dr. Lake is the co-founder of I See You: Affirming Representation in Music. In this capacity, Dr. Lake has presented over twenty seminars across the United States on inclusive practices in music education and performance. With co-founder Dr. LaToya A. Webb, Dr. Lake has been invited to present on diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts and practices at the 2021 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the 2021 Virginia Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, the 2022 Texas Music Educators Association Conference, the 2021 National Association for Music Education National Conference and the 2022 National Association for Music Education Music Leaders Forum.
Dr. Lake is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc., Pi Kappa Lambda, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also honored with membership in Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc., and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
- DMA, Instrumental Conducting – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- MM, Wind Conducting – University of Maryland, College Park
- MM, Education – Boston University
- BM, Jazz Studies Piano Performance – University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. LaToya A. Webb
Jr. High Band Director
Wind Ensemble Conductor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. LaToya A. Webb serves as Wind Ensemble Conductor at Wilfred Laurier University. She teaches courses in instrumental conducting and wind band literature. Prior to this position, Dr. Webb served as Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band and Assistant Professor of Practice in Conducting and an instructor of wind conducting at Auburn and Grambling State universities.
As a passionate advocate for improving educational opportunities through diversity, equity, and inclusion, Dr. Webb is the Special Projects Manager for United Sound, Inc. She also maintains the William P. Foster Project website and serves on the Southwestern Division Committee. Dr. Webb is Co-founder of I See You: Affirming Representation in Music, an organization aimed to affirm Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in all fields of music.
Dr. Webb’s professional affiliations include the College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, Women Band Directors International, Tau Beta Sigma, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Assistant Band Camp Director
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Samantha Clarke, conductor and flutist, is a Long Island native of East Rockaway, New York. She is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in conducting at George Mason University. Currently a doctoral candidate, Samantha is writing her dissertation and plans to graduate in May 2023.
Samantha is extremely grateful for the opportunity to study conducting with Dr. William Lake, Jr. and to have gotten to work with and guest conduct the Mason Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony throughout this academic year. Throughout her coursework at Mason, Samantha held the role of Doctoral Assistant Conductor to the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony as well as Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Dewberry Family School of Music. She studied conducting with Prof. Mark Camphouse and Prof. Anthony Maiello, and flute in the studio of Prof. Julianna Nickel.
Samantha is a member of the staff of Mason Community Arts Academy, where she coordinates instrumental music education outreach in local schools through their Instruments in the Attic donation program.
Samantha has taught music and band at the elementary, middle and high school levels on Long Island. Additionally, she served as Associate Conductor of the Long Island University (LIU) Post Wind Symphony from 2017 to 2019. Samantha holds both a master’s degree in conducting and a bachelor’s degree in music education from LIU Post. While pursuing her master’s degree, she served as the Graduate Assistant Conductor to the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, String Ensemble and Orchestra, studying conducting under Dr. James McRoy. Samantha was also very fortunate to have studied flute with Karla Moe for 10 years.
As an avid performer both as a soloist and chamber musician, Samantha has been a flutist and woodwind teacher for the Songe d’été en musique School and Festival in Quebec, Canada since 2012. She has also performed abroad in Puerto Rico with the LIU Post Wind Symphony and in Australia at the Sydney Opera House as principal flutist of the Long Island Symphonic Winds.
Samantha’s performance honors include participation in the Long Island Flute Club Competition twice, placing first in 2012 and third in 2011. Additionally, she was featured as a soloist with the LIU Post Wind Ensemble at Tilles Center in April 2014 as a winner of the LIU Post Concerto Competition.
As an author, Samantha completed a Music Education Research Study for her master’s thesis in 2017 titled: “A Comparative Study of Best Teaching Practices Across Three High School Performance Ensembles: Band, Chorus and Orchestra.” More recently, she published an article in the Summer 2020 National Band Association (NBA) Journal, a book review in the 2019 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Fall Report and has a contract with GIA Publications (Chicago) for a book detailing the life and teachings of Anthony Maiello.
You can visit her website at samanthakclarke.com
Dr. Kathleen Mulcahy
Director of WOODWINDS, CLARINET, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA
Kathleen Mulcahy was appointed as Director of Woodwinds and Assistant Professor of Clarinet at George Mason University in August 2018, after serving as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet since in 2012. She performs frequently with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the National Symphony. Dr. Mulcahy has held tenured positions with the Annapolis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Grant Park Orchestra, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. She is currently principal clarinetist with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.
An active chamber musician and recitalist, Dr. Mulcahy performs regularly on the Faculty Artist Series at George Mason University and has been a featured soloist with the Mason Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. She has performed on chamber series in venues such as the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, the German Embassy, and the National Cathedral. In July 2017, she performed the world premiere of Howard Buss’ Divertissements for Clarinet and Percussion at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest in Orlando, FL, and presented a recital at the 2019 ICA Clarinetfest in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Mulcahy is also an RYT 200 certified yoga instructor, and has created several workshops focused on yoga for the performing artist. She has presented recitals and masterclasses at colleges all over the country, including Lamar University, High Point University, Penn State, and the Eastman School of Music.
In the summer, Dr. Mulcahy serves as Coordinator of Summer Music Intensives for the Mason Community Arts Academy, and is also the co-director of the Mason Summer Clarinet Academy. She can also be seen with the Wolf Trap Orchestra in the pit for Wolf Trap Opera productions, or on stage at the Filene Center accompanying a wide variety of acts.
Previously, Dr. Mulcahy served as a clarinet instructor at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She holds the DMA and BM degrees from The Ohio State University and the MM degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers have included James Pyne, Peter Hadcock, and Kenneth Grant. Kathleen Mulcahy is a Buffet Group USA performing artist and a member of the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Clarinet Association.
Term Assistant Professor of Music
- Director of Woodwinds
- B.M., Ohio State University
- M.M. and Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music
- D.M.A., Ohio State University
Prof. Ed Fraedrich
Adjunct Faculty, SAXOPHONE, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA
Ed Fraedrich, saxophone, joined the faculty of GMU in the fall of 2011 after having established a successful private studio in the area. He has performed solos with many ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra and the Fairfax Wind Symphony. As a teacher, he has placed more students into All-District and All-State bands than any saxophone teacher in Virgina. Ed is the principal saxophonist with the Virginia Grand Military Band and plays tenor in the quux saxophone quartet. He lives in Springfield, with his wife, Eileen, and three children.
- BM, Music, George Mason University
- MM, The Catholic University of America
Dr. Alan Carr
Director of BRASS and Assistant Professor of Music, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA
Dr. Alan Carr, bass trombonist, is the Director of Brass at George Mason University, effective August 2019. Previously, he was on the music faculty at Bates College, the University of Maine at Augusta, and Concordia University Wisconsin. Dr. Carr has performed with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has worked with the Alabama, Baltimore, Dubuque, Hartford and Portland Symphony Orchestras, the Juilliard Orchestra, Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall, and the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. As a chamber musician, Dr. Carr has performed and recorded with the American Brass Quintet, the Isthmus Brass Ensemble, and the King’s Brass. He can be heard on several recordings on the Albany, Naxos, Summit and Peer 2 record labels.
Dr. Carr performed at the 2016 and 2018 International Trombone Festivals and has also been an adjudicator for the Donald Yaxley International Bass Trombone Solo Competition. He has appeared as a guest clinician at Duquesne University, the Ohio State University and Ohio University and has been a guest soloist with the Concordia University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Madison Area Trombone Ensemble. Dr. Carr is an advocate for new music and enjoys working with composers to generate compositions for trombone. In 2015, he assembled the first-ever bass trombone consortium to commission the Kleinhammer Sonata for bass trombone and piano by John Stevens. The consortium commission is backed by musicians in the Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Metropolitan Opera, National, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, among several others.
During the summer months, Dr. Carr is on faculty at the New England Music Camp in Maine where he teaches private students, coaches chamber music, and performs with his faculty colleagues. He is also a member of the Southeast Trombone Symposium Professors Choir which comprises trombone artists from major orchestras and faculty performers from across the United States. The STS Choir recently recorded a CD “Legacy” on the Peer 2 Record label. Dr. Carr is a founding director of Peer 2 Records, LLC.
Dr. Carr is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), Yale University (AD), and, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA), where he was a Paul J. Collins Distinguished Fellow.
Term Assistant Professor of Music
- Director of Brass
- Brass Ensemble
- Brass Pedagogy & Literature/Class Brass
- D.M.A., Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- M.M., Music, The Juilliard School
- B.M., Music, Peabody Conservatory
Academy Teaching Artist
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Elliott Godinez is a first-generation American who advocates for equal accessibility in music. An inner-city Chicago native, his musical expressions have been described as creative, emotionally charged, and thought provoking. He has released multiple recordings and musical arrangements for high school front ensembles, and several collaborations with various composers.
In addition to his extensive freelance teaching in Central Illinois and the greater Chicagoland area, Mr. Godinez has served as Music Director of the New Holland-Middletown ESD #88, Assistant Band Director at University High School (Normal, IL), Battery Caption Head for Bloomington High School (IL), and most recently as a Percussion Graduate Assistant at Illinois State University.
Mr. Godinez earned a Master of Music in 2021, and a Bachelor of Music Education in 2017, both from Illinois State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at George Mason University.
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William Hernandez is a DMV native who strives to make music accessible to all. As a first-generation American, his mission is to make Latinx representation the motivation for his career. In addition to having a background in Education, William is also a freelance musician with credits in musical pit orchestras, international movie score recording, and chamber groups throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania.
William holds a Bachelor’s in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Delaware and is currently a Master of Music in performance at the University of Maryland, College Park. His teachers include Amanda Collins, Dr. John David Smith, Dr. Lauren Hunt, Larry Williams, and Gregory Miller.
Prof. Julianna Nickel
Adjunct Faculty, FLUTE, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA
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 two-time recipient of Mason’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year (2019, 2017).
During the pandemic, Ms. Nickel and her family turned their driveway and neighborhood street into a concert venue that resulted in seven porch concerts. Colleagues and young musicians, including the Mason flute studio, performed on seven different concerts from May through September. The Nickel family also performed for the National Symphony Orchestra Musician’s live online NSO at Home Concert series in May.
Ms. Nickel has played chamber recitals in venues across the region including The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, The National Institute of Health, the Alden Theater, historic Mount Vernon, Salisbury College, and George Mason University. Recently, Julianna has enjoyed working with the Boulanger Initiative in chamber recitals.
Since moving to the DC area, Julianna has also performed as a soloist with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, the George Mason University Wind Ensemble, and the Landon Symphonette. She is principal flute with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, a substitute with the Washington National Opera and the Manassas Ballet Orchestra, and a regular performer on the “In Your Neighborhood Series” presented by the National Symphony Orchestra each January. Additionally, Julianna is the Director of the Mason Community Arts Flute Camp that takes place each summer.
Julianna Nickel has performed as a substitute player with the Washington Ballet Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra and the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra. 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.
Julianna has adjudicated many competitions along the East coast, and has presented master classes at National Flute Association, the Mid- Atlantic Flute Convention, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Flute Day, the West Virginia Flute Symposium, and the Richmond Flute Fest. Additionally, Julianna has performed and presented at multiple National Flute Association Conventions.
Professor Nickel 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. Mason students have won masterclass spots at National Flute Association Conventions. Members of her studio have been selected as winners in the Collegiate Competition, the Masterclass Performers Competition, and the Adult Amateur Competition at Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair. For all but one of Ms. Nickel’s ten years at GMU, her students have won spots in the University’s Concerto Competitions for the orchestra and wind ensemble. Two students from the Nickel studio were selected as International Scholars in 2017 to travel to Costa Rica as part of Mason collaboration with Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy and Costa Rica’s music system, SINEM. They participated in an arts-based outreach program for Costa Rica’s challenged areas. Studio members are among Mason’s most valued students earring scholarships from the school and other organizations, positions as Mason Ambassadors, and many awards from the School of Music at their graduation.
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 won spots in the prestigious National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestra Institute. She spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival where she soloed with their Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Nickel grew up in Austin, TX. As a high-schooler, she soloed with the San Antonio Symphony and the Central Texas Orchestra. Julianna is married to James Nickel, a French Horn player with the National Symphony Orchestra, and is the proud mom of Kathryn and Jonathan. Kathryn is a teenager pursuing all things related to her musical theater dreams. Jonathan loves the piano, competitive swimming, and all things computer-related.
- BM and MM, Flute Performance, New England Conservatory
Prof. Christopher Jewell
Adjunct Faculty, BASSOON, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA
Christopher Jewell is the Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. An active performer in the Washington, DC area, Mr. Jewell also regularly performs with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Post Classical Ensemble, Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the Chesapeake Chamber Orchestra. 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. Mr. Jewell has appeared as a soloist with the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra as well as with ensembles 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. Mr. Jewell coaches woodwinds for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and at Bishop Ireton High School and has led sectionals at American University and Georgetown University. He 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 ensembles at the International Double Reed Society and Texas Music Educators Association Conventions. Mr. Jewell earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he studied with Barbara Wood and Edward Dolbashian. He continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Patricia Rogers, Principal Bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Adjunct Applied Faculty
- B.M., Music, University of Missouri-Columbia
- Graduate Studies, Music, Manhattan School of Music
Dr. Dennis Edelbrock
Adjunct Faculty, TRUMPET, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA
Dennis Edelbrock has performed with The United States Army Band and the Army Brass Quintet since 1975. Since that time, he has also written music used frequently at official state ceremonies at the White House, NBC’s “Christmas in Washington”, country music’s televised show “Nashville Now”, as well as music used in the opening ceremonies for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and Special Olympics. He is also the founder of The National Trumpet Competition and adjunct professor of trumpet at George Mason University and keeps an active performing schedule in the Washington, DC area. As an adjunct professor at GMU, he was awarded the prestigious “Excellence in Teaching Award” in 1996, one of only two faculty members to be recognized that year.
He has given masterclasses all over the world including the Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories.
The Army Brass Quintet entertains at the White House and has toured in thirty-eight states as well as twelve foreign countries. The Quintet has also recorded extensively and has performed on National Public Radio, The British Broadcasting Corporation, NBC’s “Today Show” and Fox television, The Prairie Home Companion, among others. The ensemble has been repeatedly chosen as the first to perform honors for newly inaugurated Presidents and also chosen for Capitol Rotunda State Funeral services for Presidents Reagan and Ford during national telecasts at the capitol. The Quintet has performed in a “live” Russian National TV broadcast in conjunction with the Russian National Orchestra.
The National Trumpet Competition, hosted at GMU, is the largest in the world and has provided performing opportunities for over 11,000 students since its inception in 1992. In exhibition concerts, it has featured such artists as Canadian Brass, Grammy Award winners Arturo Sandoval and Chris Botti as well as Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Alan Vizzutti, Adolph Herseth, Tim Morrison, Jamey Aebersole Mnozil Brass, Philip Smith among many others. Its website hosts online masterclasses by some of the world’s greatest artists. NTC is supported, in part, by all the major trumpet manufacturers and has a budget of $80,000 per year.
In recent years, Edelbrock has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets, the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, the Royal Spanish Ballet, the Kennedy Center Orchestra with whom he performed the world’s first web-cast as soloist in Handel’s “Messiah”, the Washington Opera, and the National Symphony Orchestra with whom he has recorded.
Performances with Classical Brass, of which he is a founding member, have been featured on local live radio broadcasts on NPR and broadcasts from The National Gallery. The Quintet does two national television broadcasts from the National Cathedral on Christmas and Easter mornings. Additionally, the group has commercially released compact discs including “Honor to Our Soldiers” (American Heritage Society) featuring performances on original civil ward instruments, “Christmas at the Cathedral” (Nonesuch) which has recently been nationally released, and “Music from America’s Golden Age” with the Columbian Brass Band.
Edelbrock has appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Kennedy Center’s Washington Chamber Symphony on NPR. He is an original member of the Washington Bach Consort which holds the honor of being the only American ensemble invited to perform at the Bach Tri-Centennial in a Leipzig Gewandhaus performance which was broadcast on East German State Television.
He has performed on screen as a soloist in the video version of “Contact” (Sony Pictures), “Wag the Dog” (Miramax) and was featured on the filmscore of Tri-Star’s motion picture, “Gardens of Stone”. Edelbrock has also been a frequent performer on the “Discovery Channel” sound tracks.
A native of Iowa City, Iowa, he is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He completed advanced studies at the Catholic University earning both a Master of Music Performance and Doctor of Music Arts degrees. He devotes as much time as possible to volunteer work with local youth groups and resides in Arlington, VA with his wife Laura, a pianist and choral director, and fifteen-year-old daughter Emma.
Adjunct Applied Faculty
- B.M.E., University of Iowa
- M.M., Catholic University of America
- D.M.A., Catholic University of America
Dr. Chris Troiano
Euphonium & Tuba Instructor
Academy Teaching Artist
Dr. Christopher Troiano was born to a musical family and began playing the euphonium in the third grade. His exposure to early American brass bands began at a young age when he would frequently hear his father, Bill Troiano, play tuba with the Old Bethpage Village Brass Band on Long Island. When Dr. Troiano was in middle school, he had his “first paid gig” playing bass drum in that very brass band under the direction of Dr. Kirby Jolly. He would later have the opportunity to perform with the Old Bethpage Village Brass Band on baritone horn alongside his father and brother.
Dr. Troiano is received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from George Mason University, where he studied with Dr. Mark Jenkins, current principal euphonium in the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Dr. Troiano earned his MM in Euphonium Performance at George Mason University and BM in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. While at North Texas, Dr. Troiano was a student of euphonium virtuoso Dr. Brian L. Bowman. Other teachers of Dr. Troiano’s include Patrick Nyren and Donald Sherman.
Dr. Troiano has had the opportunity to perform in numerous ensembles, including the North Texas Symphonic Band, George Mason University Wind Symphony, George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, Capital Wind Symphony, Cedar Park Winds, Atlantic Wind Symphony, Austin Brass Band, Brass of the Potomac, Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA), Huntington Community Band, Northport Community Band, Northern Virginia Tuba-Euphonium Quartet (NOVATEQ), the Patriot Brass Ensemble, Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden City of Fairfax German Band, the New Orleans-inspired Dirty Gold Brass Band, and numerous other small ensembles including tuba quartets, brass ensembles, and mixed chamber ensembles.
As a featured soloist, Dr. Troiano has had the opportunity to perform solos with the George Mason Wind Symphony, George Mason Symphonic Band, Capital Wind Symphony, Centreville High School Wind Ensemble, Park View High School Symphonic Band, and the Huntington Community Band. Dr. Troiano has also had the opportunity to perform a solo at the annual United States Army Tuba-Euphonium Workshop in Washington, D.C. with the George Mason University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.
As an arranger, Dr. Troiano has had his arrangements performed on multiple occasions. The North Texas Euphonium Quintet performed Dr. Troiano’s arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner during the Texas Rangers’ 2015 and 2016 baseball seasons at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Dr. Troiano’s arrangement of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare For the Common Man” was performed by The Interservice Euphonium Choir under the direction of Dr. Brian L. Bowman at the 2012 United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop. The Interservice Euphonium Choir is an ensemble comprised of professional euphonium players in the DC military bands. Dr. Troiano also has a number of arrangements in the catalog for the Dirty Gold Brass Band, a New Orleans-style brass band that excels at playing jazz, funk, and rock music.
Dr. Troiano is a passionate and versatile teacher. His teaching experience starts in his undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas as a music education major. Since moving to Virginia, Dr. Troiano has built his own private studio for all low brass instruments. Currently on staff with the Centreville High School Marching Band as a visual and music instructor, Dr. Troiano is also very active as a sectional teacher and solo festival adjudicator in the Northern Virginia area. In addition to teaching, Dr. Troiano assists in directing and coaching ensembles at George Mason University. Dr. Troiano is committed to teaching, sharing, and spreading the wonderful sound of low brass instruments.
Dr. Michael Barranco
Dr. Michael Barranco currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia. Michael’s schooling includes a DMA degree from George Mason University, Master’s degree in Music Performance from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. He is a multifaceted musician, active in the fields of performance, education, and instrument repair.
As an educator, Michael leads percussion studies at NOVA Community College (Loudoun) and teaches K-6 general music at Cameron Elementary School. In addition these roles, he is a coveted clinician for percussion programs in the Northern Virginia area. At George Mason, he held the titles of Graduate Lecturer, Graduate Teaching Assistant, and Graduate Peer Advisor—leading world music courses, coaching percussion ensembles, and assisting graduate students with their imperative needs. In addition to instructing world music, he has led courses in percussion methods, percussion instruction, and percussion ensembles at the collegiate level. Most notably, Michael led the percussion department at the University of Illinois Springfield for their 2017-2018 school year.
Michael’s current research focuses on the timbre qualities of acoustic percussion instruments. He is an active member of the Network for Diversity in Concert Percussion, College Music Society, Percussive Arts Society, and the National Association for Music Education, in which he was elected President of Saint Rose’s chapter from 2013-2014.
As a performer, Michael currently holds the positions of principal percussion with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and Washington Balalaika Orchestra. Orchestrally, he has performed with the Capital City Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and Saint Rose Camerata. Michael also performs with chamber ensembles, brass bands, choirs, wind ensembles, and is an active performer in musical theatre pits. His current percussion studies are led by John Spirtas of the Washington National Opera, with prior instruction conducted by John Kilkenny, Jon Bisesi, David Collier, Ben Stiers, Mark Foster, and Cliff Brucker.
Michael’s instrument repair experience began in 2015 at John Keal Music in Albany, New York. He continued for the next four years at Carl’s Pro Band in Bloomington, Illinois, learning brass, woodwind, and percussion repair from the Thacker family. Currently, Michael is involved in freelance percussion repair in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland areas, repairing instruments for members of the United States Naval Academy and Washington National Opera.
Michael is endorsed by Artifact Percussion.
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Megan Stallings is an active music educator in the Northern Virginia area. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from George Mason University, and is actively pursuing a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting under the direction of Dr. William L. Lake Jr. Previously, Megan studied oboe with Dr. Margaret Owens and conducting with Mark Camphouse and Anthony Maiello.
She is in her 4th year teaching for Loudoun County Public Schools, and 3rd year as the Associate Director of Bands at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. In this role, Megan assists in teaching the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and the Marching Bulldogs. This year, she started a United Sound chapter at Stone Bridge with 10 new musicians and 23 peer mentors. In addition to teaching band, Megan has experience teaching elementary school general music classes, high school level guitar courses, and AP Music Theory.
As an active oboe/English horn player, she plays in the Fairfax Wind Symphony under the direction of Stan Schoonover. The FWS regularly performs in the Northern Virginia area, at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, and recently performed at the 2021 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Il. She has subbed on oboe and English horn for the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Capital Wind Symphony, and for private lesson teachers in the area. Megan holds a small oboe studio and taught oboe sectionals at local schools prior to starting her current position.
Outside of music, Megan enjoys coaching competitive cheerleading and holds two Virginia High School League 6A state titles as an assistant coach for Battlefield High School. She is in her 2nd year as a volunteer assistant coach for the Stone Bridge High School varsity competition cheerleading team. She resides in Aldie, Virginia with her boyfriend and their 3 miniature dachshunds, Yoshi, Daisy, and Mando.
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