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Operating as usual

03/24/2021
Musicians of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Amazing!!

This week we would have been performing Balanchine's full length ballet "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the New York City Ballet. While we are sad to miss these performances, Principal Flutist Adria Sternstein Foster will cheer you up with her rendition of Mendelssohn's Overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" arranged for four flutes! Please enjoy this fanciful video and have happy dreams of our return to the Kennedy Center Opera House 🎶

Tomorrow!  Contact Professor Nickel at jnickel@gmu.edu for a link to attend.
03/14/2021

Tomorrow! Contact Professor Nickel at [email protected] for a link to attend.

03/06/2021

🎉🎉🎉Global Artist Series🎉🎉🎉
Jennifer Grim, Flute
Monday, March 15th, 12:00 PM

Dr. Jennifer Grim will present a flute masterclass and discuss her artistic career as a performer and teacher.

Hailed as "a deft, smooth flute soloist" by the New York Times, Jennifer Grim's remarkable depth and breadth as a performer of solo and chamber repertoire has gained broad national acclaim. She has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds and the New York Chamber Soloists. She also serves as Principal Flute of the Mozart Orchestra of New York and the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra and has given solo and chamber performances throughout the United States and in China, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and Spain. A passionate advocate of diversity initiatives in the field of classical music, Ms. Grim has programmed a series of concerts featuring African American, Latin American, and Latino composers, leading to solo performances of works by Diego Vega, David Sanford, and Valerie Coleman, among others. She has also worked with the National Take a Stand Festival, which invites students from El Sistema inspired programs across the United States to perform in a national youth orchestra performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

So many emotions
03/04/2021

So many emotions

Next Monday!
03/04/2021

Next Monday!

A brand new bass flute is now OURS!  Already, the flute is out with the a Mason flutist for a flute choir project. Reva ...
02/24/2021

A brand new bass flute is now OURS! Already, the flute is out with the a Mason flutist for a flute choir project. Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

A year ago at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention. So much has happened to everyone, yet we remain committed to our work t...
02/21/2021

A year ago at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention. So much has happened to everyone, yet we remain committed to our work together in the flute studio and Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

GMU flutes are off and running. We had a mock audition right away, and today welcomed guest artist Keith Hanlon from The...
02/09/2021

GMU flutes are off and running. We had a mock audition right away, and today welcomed guest artist Keith Hanlon from The Flute Authority. Mr. Hanlon filled us in on what to expect when sending a flute in for a clean, oil and adjust or an overhaul. Also, we got amazing information about taking care of our flutes on a daily basis.

Every guest artist demonstrates different career possibilities as well!

Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

01/28/2021

So proud of George Mason University

George Mason University this week will support a two-day Fairfax County Health Department mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The health department is running the clinics, which will serve eligible residents and employees of Fairfax County who have registered with the county health department to receive vaccines. This is not a walk-up clinic for Mason employees or for county residents. You must have a scheduled appointment to receive a vaccine.

To support the County’s efforts to vaccinate eligible residents, dozens of Mason faculty, staff and students will assist with the clinic. Faculty and students who meet County requirements will administer the vaccine.

Students from Mason’s College of Health and Human Services will gain valuable experience in pandemic response and play an integral role in key aspects of managing the vaccination site, including checking in patients and providing logistical support. This turnout from our students, faculty and staff is an affirmation of our commitment to our community and our role as an important partner in Northern Virginia’s well-being.

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01/27/2021

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I have literally just spent five hours trying to get a wild boar to plausibly play a flute. I can't even explain. Eventual reference model: terrific French/Swiss flautist Emmanuel Pahud. Astonishing coincidence: Today is his 50th birthday.

01/25/2021
Put Your Cameras On (A Distance Learning Parody)

Bethany Johnson is a Mason flute studio graduate. Mason flutes ate the best!!

This is for all of the virtual educators out there who have been teaching to blank screens! Disclaimer: this is a joke. Don't actually force kids to turn th...

As the semester gets started, we are looking forward to this amazing masterclass! #haynesflutes wmshaynes.com/register
01/24/2021

As the semester gets started, we are looking forward to this amazing masterclass! #haynesflutes
wmshaynes.com/register

Congratulations to Mason Music alumnus Dr. Jacob Kohut (MM 2011, DMA 2016) who has been featured on NBC News and in the ...
01/19/2021

Congratulations to Mason Music alumnus Dr. Jacob Kohut (MM 2011, DMA 2016) who has been featured on NBC News and in the Washington Post for his service to our country and to his music students! So very proud of our outstanding Music Alumnus!

12/24/2020
Happy Holidays from Ms. Jenna

Jenna Warfield received her Masters in music at GMU. In addition to freelancing and teaching, she teaches a class for young children for Mason Communy Arts. Check out “Umoja”! JennaMarie Warfield

Umoja Flute Trio by Valerie Coleman

Nearing the end of a successful semester, we held a second in-person studio recital Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School ...
11/19/2020

Nearing the end of a successful semester, we held a second in-person studio recital Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music. The staff that works for Mason are AMAZING.

Again, two performers were remote and the rest performed live with every precaution. EVERYONE from the studio performed this semester, and the opportunity meant so, so much.

Pictures include some of the set up, quick sound checks, and of each performer.

Congrats, Mason flutists

So proud to be part of what’s happening at Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music! We did an in-person studio reci...
11/12/2020

So proud to be part of what’s happening at Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music!

We did an in-person studio recital today with live and remote performers. Flutists worked with doctorate level pianists, improving on rehearsal and collaboration skills.

We pulled it off! 🎶 One more big recital next week!

Check out the set up pictures, as well as the performer pictures. Yes, some performers are on the tv screen!

The United States Air Force Band
11/04/2020

The United States Air Force Band

🎼 JOB OPENINGS 🎶

We are pleased to announce the following NEW vacancy:
- Flute, Concert Band (materials due Dec. 3)

Last call! There are only a few days left to send materials in for the following openings:
- Clarinet, Concert Band (materials due Nov. 2)
- Percussion, Ceremonial Brass (materials due Nov. 2)

The following openings are also due soon:
- Trumpet, Ceremonial Brass (materials due Nov. 9)
- Combo Electric/Upright Bass, Singing Sergeants (materials due Nov. 12)

For full details and requirements for each application, please visit our Careers page:
https://www.music.af.mil/Bands/The-United-States-Air-Force-Band/About-Us/Careers-in-The-United-States-Air-Force-Band/

#USAFBand #ChiefsOwn #MusicConnects #BandTogether

Vannesa graduated in 2018 from George Mason with a BA performance degree and a masters in arts administration. She now i...
11/02/2020

Vannesa graduated in 2018 from George Mason with a BA performance degree and a masters in arts administration. She now is pursuing a masters in performance with Professor Terri Sundberg at the University of North Texas.

Congratulations to Vannesa Nates, who has won a flute position with the National Alliance for Audition Support training program. The Online Audition Intensive has partnered with the New World Orchestra and the Sphinx Organization. The Sphinx Organization is "heralded for its role in transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts" offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition previews. Bravo Vannesa!! This is a really exciting opportunity!!!

Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

“Bledsoe is spontaneous, dares to give, and how!” – NRC Handelsblad This Wednesday, we will learn from our fourth guest ...
10/24/2020

“Bledsoe is spontaneous, dares to give, and how!” – NRC Handelsblad

This Wednesday, we will learn from our fourth guest artist this semester! Ms. Bledsoe is a world-renowned soloist, teacher, and expert on contemporary techniques for flutists. I can’t tell you how excited we are for this unique experience.
Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

https://helenbledsoe.com/Wordpress/?page_id=89

We’ve had great zoom masterclasses, but last Wednesday we met in person! Some flutists “zoomed in” and others sat far ap...
10/19/2020

We’ve had great zoom masterclasses, but last Wednesday we met in person! Some flutists “zoomed in” and others sat far apart in Harris Theater. We loved having a performing class again. We were working on being “ridiculous”. Studio secret.

I’m so proud of the Mason flutists. They performed solo flute works and flute choirs pieces from my driveway. Since we c...
09/28/2020

I’m so proud of the Mason flutists. They performed solo flute works and flute choirs pieces from my driveway. Since we can’t perform in our normal ways, we are doing what we can to continue the college experience! Bravo, flutes!

❤️❤️❤️🎶🎶
09/21/2020

❤️❤️❤️🎶🎶

Thank you to everyone who helped make Park(ing) Day 2020 such a success! We had a great turn out and our parklets looked awesome. Huge thank you to Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music for the beautiful George Mason University Flute Studio performance! #MasonArts

City of Fairfax Government

Orchestra Etiquette in a Covid Era
09/19/2020
Orchestra Etiquette in a Covid Era

Orchestra Etiquette in a Covid Era

As many orchestras begin returning to the stage, here are a few etiquette guidelines to think about: Do not complain on social media about wearing a mask Everyone knows they are difficult to breathe in, cause acne, hard to perform in, and uncomfortable. Even if you are joking, making light of the si...

09/11/2020
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjbOKcs0000&feature=youtu.be

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

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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.