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09/11/2020
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Cristian Perez’s arrangement of “Oh Shenandoah” was filmed last week by the Shenandoah River.

Cristian, a FOMM scholarship awardee (MM 2012), double-majored in Performance and Jazz Studies and credits Mason with expanding his musical horizons and teaching invaluable skills that make him unique as an artist. Yana Nikol completed two years of postgraduate studies at George Mason University, which included jazz lessons with Kenneth Rittenhouse, a member of The United States Army “Blues” Jazz Ensemble.

"Oh, Shenandoah" is a folk song dating back to the early 19th century. The song lyrics have several variations. Although the song is often associated with Virginia, the song refers to the Missouri River and the Oneida tribe’s chief Shenandoah and his daughter who is wanted in marriage by a canoe-traveling trader. Cristian has registered his original arrangement and both PDF and physical copies are available by e-mailing [email protected]

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

This is the community that Mason students live and work in Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music
09/11/2020
Fairfax Schools Keep Music Lessons Alive During Remote Learning

This is the community that Mason students live and work in
Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

Fairfax County Public Schools are working to continue music education despite the challenges posed by remote learning. News4’s Molette Green reports.

Catch Professor Nickel playing Claude Bolling on this gala event! It’s free, but there is a registration!https://alumni....
09/04/2020
Grand Piano Celebration

Catch Professor Nickel playing Claude Bolling on this gala event! It’s free, but there is a registration!

https://alumni.gmu.edu/s/1564/GID2/16/interior-1col.aspx?sid=1564&gid=2&pgid=5361&content_id=8794

Get ready for a fantastic afternoon of joyous music during Mason’s own “All-Steinway” event, featuring livestreamed and recorded performances. Showcasing the Dewberry School of Music's extraordinary student and faculty artists and including a tribute from Mason President Gregory Washington, th...

09/04/2020
A Screw Loose - Flute Tech Talk Hour

A Screw Loose - Flute Tech Talk Hour

2020 Flute Care Guide (part 1)

In this episode, we discuss:
-swabs and swabbing techniques (2:55) for piccolo (9:33)
-keeping your flute fingerprint- and tarnish-free (14:15)
-how to clean your embouchure holes (both flute and piccolo) and tenons (19:00)
-good tenon assembly techniques (31:20)
-how to keep your open holes free of people cheese (40:00)
-avoiding and cleaning sticky pads (42:44)
-checking the headjoint cork (50:20)
-ways to prevent your flute from being damaged (54:50)
-lost motion - what it is and if it's bad (1:01:50)
-how to locate a Straubinger Certified or Muramatsu Authorized tech (1:05:50)
-case fit and cleaning (1:11:10)
-shipping your flute safely and finding insurance (1:23:55) (if you are interested in just shipping or insurance, hop over to the YouTube channel - the conversation here weaves back and forth between the two topics, but the YouTube version has been edited to group just the shipping comments and just the insurance comments as separate topics)

Mason starts this week, and while there is a lot of excitement for the year ahead, there are lots of concerns too. Profe...
08/23/2020

Mason starts this week, and while there is a lot of excitement for the year ahead, there are lots of concerns too. Professor Nickel and the flute studio will be working on an amazing journey - no matter what. We will learn. We will thrive. We will contribute.

Last night, the Nickel driveway was the site of Porch Concert #6. Julianna Nickel started concert number 1 simply as a way for her family to give back to the neighbors. So many people came, and asked for a second concert, that the impromptu summer series developed.

Last night members of the Kennedy Center French Horn Quartet (James Nickel is a member) along with 14 other French hornists (amateurs and students), and the two Nickel kids performed. The highlight for Prof Nickel was having three current, two former Mason students, and two adults students join her in a flute choir performance, literally taking over the road.

George Mason University Flute Studio
08/22/2020

George Mason University Flute Studio

George Mason University Flute Studio's cover photo
08/22/2020

George Mason University Flute Studio's cover photo

While the students are away, the bears will play!
07/23/2020

While the students are away, the bears will play!

When the students are away, the bears will play...

Yes, we said bears. This one was sighted frolicking around Mason Global Center and Eagle Bank Arena today. If you happen to come across these visitors, just be sure to safely view them from a distance.

A shout out to Whiting Turner and George Mason University Facilities for the wildlife photo submissions.

Here’s what going on where I work! Time to go to bed and getting ready for camp day 4!
06/18/2020

Here’s what going on where I work! Time to go to bed and getting ready for camp day 4!

Kicking off our summer online programs this week with a group of amazing students, faculty, and guest speakers!

05/22/2020
GMU Flutes 2019 2020 School Year

It's been quite a year! Enjoyed putting this project together with my freshman flute studio! Pictures from their first year at Mason.

It's been quite a year....so proud of these freshman flutes! So many memories and much to be thankful for this year.

Professor Julianna Nickel would like to congratulate her student, Jeongwon Bae on her well deserved graduation award!!! ...
05/16/2020

Professor Julianna Nickel would like to congratulate her student, Jeongwon Bae on her well deserved graduation award!!! You are an amazing musician and person!

You can join this event today! I get lots of questions, so this is a great opportunity to get some answers!To attend htt...
05/08/2020
Embark Center for Self-Directed Education

You can join this event today! I get lots of questions, so this is a great opportunity to get some answers!

To attend

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kHF782IZBsR0A3-efoe919uUwptlKVX8gPW7JDwabOA/viewform?ts=5eb1d472&fbclid=IwAR3mrKAc6a-EbAD9pYjQGQ_suazjkOjgpWkRsb6xupJd2w0eLvJ18mlB9Rk&edit_requested=true

Julianna Nickel will be our guest speaker for this Friday's (5/8) 2:00 PM EDT "Real Life, Real Stories" class, and we are opening it up to the public! If you would like to hear about Julianna's amazing journey through focal dystonia, brain surgery and being a professional musician, please join us!
https://www.julinickel.com/blog/categories/focal-dystonia

Here is the link to register to attend:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kHF782IZBsR0A3-efoe919uUwptlKVX8gPW7JDwabOA/edit?ts=5eb1d472&fbclid=IwAR3mrKAc6a-EbAD9pYjQGQ_suazjkOjgpWkRsb6xupJd2w0eLvJ18mlB9Rk

Professor Nickel’s studio had a virtual celebration yesterday during our last masterclass. We brought snacks, and viewed...
05/05/2020

Professor Nickel’s studio had a virtual celebration yesterday during our last masterclass. We brought snacks, and viewed photos and videos about each person’s life during this time. We got some insight into each other’s lives. Here’s some of our photos.

National Symphony Orchestra Musicians
05/01/2020

National Symphony Orchestra Musicians

LIVE THIS Sunday at 7 p.m. EDT!
#HOMEwithNSO featuring NSO hornist James Nickel and his family, hosted by NSO principal second violinist Marissa Regni.

James’ wife, Julianna @julimmarienic teaches flute at George Mason University, their daughter Kathryn is an aspiring young singer, and their son Jonathan studies piano. Enjoy the Nickel family’s performance from the comfort of your home! James Nickel Julianna Nickel

04/24/2020
Flute Center of New York Virtual Flute Choir - Jupiter from the Planets, Gustav Holst

The Flute Center of New York along with over 500 flutists from all over the world present a Virtual Flute Choir performing an excerpt from Jupiter from the Planets by Gustav Holst. Among the 500 flutists is Martha Molinaro, freshman flute performance major at GMU! Amazing to see this incredible community of flutists performing together!

The Flute Center of New York along with over 500 flutists from all over the world present the Virtual Flute Choir! Flutists came together from far apart, rec...

04/23/2020

Beautiful.....some Holst from Mason flutes

04/21/2020
National Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Check THIS out!!! Wow!!

(Can you spot Professor Nickel’s husband, James Nickel)

Enjoy a little #NSOatHome fanfare! 🎺🎶

National Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet William Gerlach created this video of Richard Strauss's Weiner Philharmoniker Fanfare with members from the NSO, the Washington National Opera Orchestra, and musicians from the elite military ensembles.

04/14/2020

Mason flutes, you are working so hard in this new, virtual world. Your fun side is fantastic!

04/07/2020
National Symphony Orchestra Musicians

National Symphony Orchestra Musicians

For Immediate Release
April 7, 2020
Washington, D.C.

The Musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra are pleased that a settlement has been reached to resolve the grievance filed by our union challenging the Kennedy Center’s decision to furlough musicians beginning this week. That action was not permitted under our collective bargaining agreement and, under the settlement, musicians will not be furloughed. In recognition of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Kennedy Center, however, we have agreed to modify our collective bargaining agreement to make substantial economic concessions. Our agreement also will be extended for an additional year, through the beginning of September 2024. This will provide financial stability to our musicians during this difficult time.

We are grateful to have a collective bargaining agreement and a union—the D.C. Federation of Musicians, AFM Local 161-710—to protect us. Not all Kennedy Center staff are so fortunate. We urge the Kennedy Center to bring back the Orchestra’s staff as a matter of fairness and so that our venture can flourish. We need their talents to help start new musical projects to present to our patrons and the larger world. The musicians of the National Symphony are pledging at least $50,000 of our own money over the next 10 weeks to help support our NSO staff colleagues. While it is not enough to make them whole, we hope that it helps materially as well as demonstrating our respect and admiration for them.

Throughout this process, the NSO musicians, as always, have been willing to work with management to try to find creative solutions to difficult problems.

Professor Nickel’s studio after teaching you amazing Mason flutes today.
04/01/2020

Professor Nickel’s studio after teaching you amazing Mason flutes today.

Before life changed dramatically, the flute studio had wonderful news! Sara Alsaadi won the Wind Ensemble Concerto Compe...
03/29/2020

Before life changed dramatically, the flute studio had wonderful news! Sara Alsaadi won the Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition! We hope she’ll get to perform next year.

Sara is a sophomore BA music and biology major, and studies with Professor Nickel.

Congratulations to Sara and all who entered. The process is as important as the results!

Dr. Lapple's combined private and GMU studios are making the most of this time apart. Online lessons and master classes ...
03/27/2020

Dr. Lapple's combined private and GMU studios are making the most of this time apart. Online lessons and master classes and even "Wellness Wednesday!" Stay safe everyone and stay connected!

03/27/2020

❤️❤️❤️

🚚 Truckers said, we will drive days on end getting supplies to the stores.

🏭 Store workers are stocking the shelves all night and store managers said, we are letting elderly people shop first in the mornings.

🛳 Carnival cruise line told Trump we can match those big Navy Hospital ships Comfort and Mercy with some fully staffed cruise ships.

🚘 GM said, we can make those ventilators where we were making cars starting next week. We will retrofit our manufacturing equipment immediately.

🕋 Restaurants said, we have kitchens and staff we can feed kids who's parents need some help.

🏀 NBA basketball players said, hold our basketballs while we write checks to pay the arena staff.

💰The wealthy said, here we will donate funds for the research and support of beating this virus.

📚 Teachers said, here let me help you virtually to teach your children, we will do online lessons and I will help parents enrich their children.

🎼 Celebrities said , let us read books to your children and sing songs on Twitter live feeds for those of you stuck inside.

🧵Crafters said, we will sit at our sewing machines for hours a day, sewing masks and caps for the nurses and home health care workers.

👩‍👦Moms said, here are my blogs and activity ideas for your children. Let's stand together in staying home with our kids.

👬 Young Americans said, let us volunteer to run errands, and get food for the vulnerable.

👩‍⚕️🥼 Nurses and Doctors putting themselves at risk to help the infected.

🚔 👩🏽‍🚒 🚑 Police, Firefighters and First Repsonders, Military standing strong and continuing to protect, serve and work while everyone else is safe in their homes.

⛪️ Churches are finding creative ways to bring a message of hope over social media to keep people connected and safe in their homes.

🇺🇸 We look like a nation divided sometimes. But we are a nation that will stand and will fight together.

We will survive this. 🇺🇸 ❤️ 💪🏽 🙏🏽 🇺🇸

Visit our new Instagram page run fully by students! Follow us!
03/24/2020

Visit our new Instagram page run fully by students! Follow us!

The Japan trip was canceled, but our cranes made an appearance
03/06/2020

The Japan trip was canceled, but our cranes made an appearance

Last week, we relaxed a little during our masterclass by having cake (well deserved after a fantastic performance) and m...
02/24/2020

Last week, we relaxed a little during our masterclass by having cake (well deserved after a fantastic performance) and making paper cranes for the National Symphony Orchestra to place on the Children’s Peace Memorial at a special ceremony. The memorial is in Hiroshima, and the NSO will be the first professional orchestra to play there in 50 years.

The NSO is touring Japan. Professor Nickel is going on the tour with her husband, a French horn player in the NSO

Hiroshima The Random Acts of Kindness FoundationSchool of Music at George Mason University

Kudos to the Mason Flute Choir on their performance at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention! We played some of the amazing ...
02/18/2020

Kudos to the Mason Flute Choir on their performance at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention!
We played some of the amazing music by Jonathan Cohen, who sets up the showcases. He is pictured with the flute choir below.

How did the first two weeks of the semester fly by??During our first Wednesday back, Chris Chaffee presented a recital a...
02/03/2020

How did the first two weeks of the semester fly by??

During our first Wednesday back, Chris Chaffee presented a recital and Masterclass for us! What a way to start the semester... Such inspirational playing and teaching.

Bravo to the Mason flutes for all coming to learn and support each other!

Save the date and get registered! The Mason Flute Choir performs on Sunday (2/16).Professor Nickel has a lecture on Satu...
01/17/2020
Schedule – The Flute Society of Washington, Inc.

Save the date and get registered!

The Mason Flute Choir performs on Sunday (2/16).

Professor Nickel has a lecture on Saturday and a recital with the GMU Faculty Woodwind on Sunday.

The list of interesting events is long!

https://fsw.net/schedule/

Schedule Schedule of Events 2020 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention Subject to change Updated 1/16/2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 7:30-8:30 pm LobbyBadge pickup for pre-registered attendees only 7:30-9:30 pm PiedmontFESTIVAL FLUTE CHOIR REHEARSAL Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:30 am – 5:30 pm LobbyREGIS...

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!

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Mason flutes! Wishing all of you a wonderful semester!!
I just want to let you know about a wonderful opportunity for flute students who are serious about becoming orchestral players. The Wildacres Flute Retreat will be emphasizing orchestral excerpts for both flute and piccolo this year. Wednesday, June 24, will be Flute Mock Orchestral Audition Day. Göran Marcusson will teach the orchestral excerpts in the morning session. Students who wish to participate in this class should have the named excerpts prepared and will pick which excerpt they are to be coached on from a hat the day before. Each participant will get a ten to fifteen minute session on their excerpt.The class is open to listeners. Gitte Marcusson will be running the Mock Auditions which will be held after lunch. They will emulate a real audition as much as possible, being behind a screen and playing as a number. When not auditioning, the participants will be on the panel listening to the others in order to gain understanding of how the process really works. Unlike the morning coaching, the Mock Auditions will be a closed session. At the end of these sessions each participant will have a greater understanding of how to prepare for an audition. The participants will not be competing against each other, but to professional standards. Walfrid Kujala’s Piccolo Class this year will be entirely devoted to piccolo orchestral excerpts using the text: Orchestral Excerpts for Piccolo with Piano Accompaniment, Selected and Annotated by Jack Wellbaum, published by Theodore Presser Co. For more information about the Wildacres Flute Retreat, please check us out at: http://www.wildacresflute.com
Check it out:
Dear Friends, here is a poster for a nice festival in Italy this July, applications accepted through the end of may ..
If you would like to learn more about extended techniques, improvisation, and explore new music flute literature, consider coming to Robert Dick's masterclass in Lake Junaluska, NC. July 22-27, 2019. Check it out at: robertdickcontemporaryfluteweek.com
Registration is now open:
Registration is now open:
It has long been established, beyond any shred of doubt, that studying extended techniques hugely improves traditional flute playing! The embouchure development from practicing harmonics, multiphonics, whispertones, circular breathing, etc directly increases the flutists dynamic range, enabling both softer and more powerful playing, the flutist’s depth of tone and beauty of color, and clarity of articulation. And these improvements happen faster than with traditional practice methods! What could be better? http://robertdick.net
Amazing new flute masterclass in Western North Carolina
Flute studio friends, I know this is a long way away, but can anyone in Julianna's studio want to swap a Wednesday lesson (6 December) for a Thursday lesson (7 December)? My lesson time is at 9:00 AM on Thursday. Thanks.