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You could say we’ve ridden the shark wave pretty well.  🦈
12/12/2019

You could say we’ve ridden the shark wave pretty well. 🦈

The Mason Flute Choir received a mention in Flute Talk Magazine!

The Mason Flute Choir received a mention in Flute Talk Magazine!
12/11/2019

The Mason Flute Choir received a mention in Flute Talk Magazine!

Last Monday we held our final studio recital of the fall semester. Two freshman, Courtney and Kristen, performed in this...
12/03/2019

Last Monday we held our final studio recital of the fall semester. Two freshman, Courtney and Kristen, performed in this format for the first time! They were amazing. The flute choir made its third appearance this semester with graduate conductors, Julie and Samantha. Jeongwon performed on her last midday recital before her student teaching begins. We will miss her greatly.

Mason flutes at VMEA this past weekend
11/25/2019

Mason flutes at VMEA this past weekend

Tomorrow!
11/25/2019

Tomorrow!

Jeongwon Bae, student of Julianna Nickel, performed an incredible senior recital last weekend! Watch for her in the futu...
11/16/2019

Jeongwon Bae, student of Julianna Nickel, performed an incredible senior recital last weekend! Watch for her in the future! Congratulations, Jeongwon!

Congratulations to Hannah James, student of Dr. Lapple, on an outstanding recital this past Sunday at St. John’s Church ...
11/07/2019

Congratulations to Hannah James, student of Dr. Lapple, on an outstanding recital this past Sunday at St. John’s Church in Washington, DC. Thank you for sharing your love of music with us! Bravo! 🎶🎶

10/31/2019

Baby SHARK. Professor Julianna Nickel’s husband, horn Professor at GMU and NSO member, James Nickel plays “in” the World Series!!!

First departmental of the semester! Congratulations to these ladies on their performances. Works by Mozart, Telemann, Cl...
10/30/2019

First departmental of the semester! Congratulations to these ladies on their performances. Works by Mozart, Telemann, Clarke, Foss, Poulenc and McMichael. 🎶

We played Baby Shark on live tv to celebrate the Nats in the World Series. Video to come later!  Let me tell you about t...
10/25/2019

We played Baby Shark on live tv to celebrate the Nats in the World Series. Video to come later! Let me tell you about these Mason flutists- incredible people, every one. Washington NationalsBabySharkGeorge Mason UniversitySchool of Music at George Mason University

10/24/2019
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We will play at the Navy Yard tomorrow love on Fox! 9:15am. Spread the word

The George Mason University Flute Choir decided to have some fun today, and celebrate the Nationals!

We copied the NSO French horns with an arrangement by the wonderful Truman Harris! #gonats #washingtonnationals #stayinthefight #nationalsymphonyorchestra #georgemasonuniversity #elyolo #masonmusic #flutechoir #nsohorns #babyshark #worldseries2019

10/24/2019

The George Mason University Flute Choir decided to have some fun today, and celebrate the Nationals!

We copied the NSO French horns with an arrangement by the wonderful Truman Harris! #gonats #washingtonnationals #stayinthefight #nationalsymphonyorchestra #georgemasonuniversity #elyolo #masonmusic #flutechoir #nsohorns #babyshark #worldseries2019

Check out Krista Pack, a former member of our studio, student of Professor Nickel.
10/23/2019

Check out Krista Pack, a former member of our studio, student of Professor Nickel.

Congratulations to Mason alumna Krista Pack (BM Music Education) for presenting a TEDx talk on “The Power of Connectivity through Music Education” at the San New School in Wuhan, China!

10/21/2019
NSOhorns

Professor Nickel’s husband, James, plays in the NSO and teaches at Mason, made the news in costume with the NSO French Horn section on Sunday! Hoping you have a good laugh, and if you remember this song all day, I’m sorry. 😄

Go #Nats from the @nso_musicians #babyshark @elyologp8 @nationals @kennedycenter. Thank you to @trumanharrismusic for the arrangement!

10/08/2019
Mason flutes! (Missing Hannah Maria James, Angela, and Dr. Lapple!)
10/04/2019

Mason flutes! (Missing Hannah Maria James, Angela, and Dr. Lapple!)

Congrats Mason Flute Choir on a wonderful performance last night.Pictures from dress rehearsal.
10/04/2019

Congrats Mason Flute Choir on a wonderful performance last night.Pictures from dress rehearsal.

The Mason Flute Choir, along with other Mason chamber ensembles, performs this Wednesday at 8pm on the first half of the...
10/01/2019

The Mason Flute Choir, along with other Mason chamber ensembles, performs this Wednesday at 8pm on the first half of the evening’s concert in the CFA at 8pm! The Symphonic Band is the second half of the show

DMA candidates, Samantha Clarke and Julie McDonald, will conduct. The director, Professor Julianna Nickel,is loving the amazing music this group is making!

School of Music at George Mason University
09/24/2019

School of Music at George Mason University

Flutists! Practice away!
09/21/2019

Flutists! Practice away!

Saturday Practice! 😎🎶🤩

Now, this is a miraculous study described by the great Jean-Pierre Rampal:

“Young players should practice long tones. Start on low G, play the octave, and then come back to the low G. Do this sequence in chromatic order, which will take ten minutes at least. Those who want to play well must do this, and they should play from the diaphragm – as when singing – not just blow.”

Practicing tips ✏️

🎼 Never force the sound.

🎼 Play with a free air column.

🎼Open the throat.

🎼 Keep the jaw down.

🎼 Flutists should never initiate register changes by closing the throat, tightening the lips, and/or pushing the jaw forward. We should rather play the octaves by first increasing the breath pressure. Lips will go with the flow.

🎼 Relax your neck and keep it in line with your body. Playing with your head down will lock the jaw and reduce projection.

🎼 Keep your shoulders down.

🎼 Remember that f and p are two different colors. They both need air and support, especially the p.

🎼 Don’t roll in excessively the headjoint in research of color, this will kill projection. Instead, drop the jaw (creating more space between your teeth) and project forward the upper lip so that the air column will be directed more into the flute.

🎼 Do not excessively tighten the corners of your mouth, as if smiling. Doing that makes you lose color, flexibility and projection. Find the correct amount of muscular tonus one will need in order to refine the sound by directing the air stream into the flute. The position of the corners of the mouth has a direct impact on your sound quality.

Make the world a better place with music! 🌏🌍🌎

#ghsaturdaypractice

Professor Nickel’s student, Zoey, showed off her new look today. Do you think she’ll let me fill in fingerings? She ❤️’s...
09/12/2019

Professor Nickel’s student, Zoey, showed off her new look today. Do you think she’ll let me fill in fingerings? She ❤️’s the flute!

Beautiful weather for most of the first week of classes. The flute antics have even already started. Zoey Lamb and Eduar...
08/30/2019

Beautiful weather for most of the first week of classes. The flute antics have even already started. Zoey Lamb and Eduardo Fajardo!

Dr. Lapple welcomes three freshman and one senior transfer to her flute studio this year.  A unique set of musical backg...
08/21/2019

Dr. Lapple welcomes three freshman and one senior transfer to her flute studio this year. A unique set of musical backgrounds offers much to learn from one another. Looking forward!

Dr. Lapple welcomes three freshman and one senior transfer to her flute studio this year. A unique set of musical backgrounds offers much to learn from one another. Looking forward!

Professor Julianna Nickel would like to welcome her incoming students for 2019-2020! Kristen Wilkins and Courtney Jacobs...
08/10/2019

Professor Julianna Nickel would like to welcome her incoming students for 2019-2020!

Kristen Wilkins and Courtney Jacobs are incoming freshman. Lori Lee joined as a masters student in the Spring. Samantha Clarke will be starting her DMA specializing in conducting, but continuing her flute studies as well. Julie McDonald, MM 2019, will returning for her DMA with the prestigious Presidential Scholarship, the largest scholarship the School of Music offers
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GMU flutes, Hannah James (Collegiate Flute Choir), Brigid Ruff and Julie McDonald (Professional Flute Choir) at National...
08/05/2019

GMU flutes, Hannah James (Collegiate Flute Choir), Brigid Ruff and Julie McDonald (Professional Flute Choir) at National Flute Association Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah!

08/01/2019

Congratulations to the GMU flute students (past and present!) who participated in the 2019 Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp & Music Festival this summer as faculty or faculty assistants: JennaMarie Warfield, Helen Landers and Hannah James! And to our incoming freshman, Kaitlyn Burns (Cayambis Music Press Scholarship Recipient!), Brigid Ruff and Martha Molinaro who attended the festival and performed in master classes for International Flute Soloist and Professor of Flute at Carnegie Mellon University, Alberto Almarza; Piccoloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Amal Gochenour; and DMA Candidate, Thomas Wible from the University of Maryland. These gals are going to hit the ground running...so very proud!

Two-week intensive summer camp and music festival featuring three levels of instruction from beginner through collegiate...
08/01/2019

Two-week intensive summer camp and music festival featuring three levels of instruction from beginner through collegiate.

Two-week intensive summer camp and music festival featuring three levels of instruction from beginner through collegiate.

Professor Nickel’s student, Jeongwon, joins the Mason Community Arts faculty.  Nayoon Choi, formerly a DMA student of Ni...
07/25/2019

Professor Nickel’s student, Jeongwon, joins the Mason Community Arts faculty. Nayoon Choi, formerly a DMA student of Nickel, has been teaching there, and is continuing to teach there, for many years.

A warm welcome to five new faculty who had joined us for private lessons: Ms. Jeongwon Bae (Flute), Mr. Stephen Duncan (Bassoon), Ms. Youbin Jun (Cello), Ms. Caitlin Renner (Violin/Viola), and Mr. Geoff Sawyer (Guitar). To learn more about their individual accomplishments and specialty, visit: https://masonacademy.gmu.edu/private-lessons/music-instructors/

06/13/2019
Mason Summer Flute Academy

Professor Nickel has a camp for 13-18 year olds (some 12 year olds will be there too!) next week. Leah Barrick of the National Symphony will be a guest artist along with Meg Owens, who will introduce Baroque Ornamentation. Alumni JennaMarie Warfield will present her popular piccolo class.

The Drum and Fife Core will perform and give a flute/fife masterclass!

There are too many exciting events to list them all!

Music is prepared, guest artists are ready, and the fun will begin on Monday!

Another summer opportunity!  Joining us are current/past GMU Flute Studio members as either faculty or faculty assistant...
05/28/2019

Another summer opportunity! Joining us are current/past GMU Flute Studio members as either faculty or faculty assistants...JennaMarie Warfield, Chiara Head, Hannah James, and Helen Landers. July 15 - July 27 in Fairfax!

The 2019 Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp & Music Festival! Welcoming Alberto Almarza (flute), Amal Gochenour (piccolo), Ian Tyson (clarinet) Andrés Carrizo (resident composer) as this year's guest artists! Large ensembles, instrumental choirs, chamber music, faculty/student side-by-side rehearsals and performances, workshops on instrument repair and audition preparation and master classes and recitals throughout the two weeks! Over $2,500.00 in scholarships! A special scholarship collaboration with Cayambis Music Press. Check out the site for details: www.jlwoodwindcamp.com
We hope to see you there! Register today!

Love this!
05/08/2019

Love this!

Three recitals in ONE week! Congratulations to Elizabeth Jackson, Chiara Head and Helen Landers on their hard work. It’s...
05/06/2019

Three recitals in ONE week! Congratulations to Elizabeth Jackson, Chiara Head and Helen Landers on their hard work. It’s always a special moment when we can reflect on our unique musical journeys. Within this group, a senior music education major who will student teach in the fall, another student performing her first-ever, full-length recital and an aspiring composer and sophomore flute performance major who premiered her composition for for viola and piano! It is an honor to work with these wonderful students! Look at those smiles....enjoy your moment! 🎶🎶♥️

FLUTE RECITAL DAY, SUNDAY, MAY 5!  Chiara Head and Nick McKee Joint Recital, Sophomore Flute/Viola Recital, at 10:00a, d...
05/04/2019

FLUTE RECITAL DAY, SUNDAY, MAY 5! Chiara Head and Nick McKee Joint Recital, Sophomore Flute/Viola Recital, at 10:00a, de Laski Performing Arts Building, Room 3001.
Elizabeth Jackson, Non-Degree Flute Recital at 4:00p, also in de Laski, Room 3001. Julie McDonald, Graduate Flute Recital at 5:00p in Harris Theater.

Vannesa Nates, a student of Julianna Nickel’s at GMU, was accepted to study at the University of North Texas for her Mas...
04/27/2019

Vannesa Nates, a student of Julianna Nickel’s at GMU, was accepted to study at the University of North Texas for her Masters in Performance under the fantastic Terri Sundberg. Congratulations 🎈!

Most of the flutists performing with the wind ensemble and symphonic band last night with Professor Nickel. What a great...
04/26/2019

Most of the flutists performing with the wind ensemble and symphonic band last night with Professor Nickel.

What a great group of humans and musicians!

Christen Soos solos with the wind ensemble tonight!! Chaminade’s Concertino!
04/25/2019

Christen Soos solos with the wind ensemble tonight!! Chaminade’s Concertino!

THIS Sunday!
04/24/2019

THIS Sunday!

04/23/2019
This Sunday at 3pm!
04/05/2019

This Sunday at 3pm!

Christen Soos is getting ready for her Master’s recital (Sunday at 3pm) and a solo performance with the Mason Wind Ensem...
04/03/2019

Christen Soos is getting ready for her Master’s recital (Sunday at 3pm) and a solo performance with the Mason Wind Ensemble!

This Sunday at 1pm. Monson Grand Tier. Julia Morris presents her Masters Recital!  Go, Julia!
03/30/2019

This Sunday at 1pm. Monson Grand Tier. Julia Morris presents her Masters Recital! Go, Julia!

03/22/2019

Getting ready for Maya’s recital with some Valerie Coleman! Jeongwon Bae on Flute!

Come all this Monday to hear this great program!  Please share this post!
03/16/2019

Come all this Monday to hear this great program! Please share this post!

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