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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Spring 2014 Convocation

The Spring Music Education convocation will introduce our newly appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Tom Owens. Dr. Linda Monson, the Managing Director for the School of Music, will also be on hand to say a few kind words. In addition, representatives from our student music education affiliated organizations will provide an update on their progress.
Finally, students will be afforded the opportunity to attend one of the following three break-out sessions:

Welcome to Music Ed @ Mason with Professor Wayne Taylor
For all students who are in there first year at GMU.
MTEC is Not a Four-Letter Word with Dr. Lisa Billingham
For all students who are taking their MTEC Interview and Skill Proficiency Exam this semester, or in the Fall 2014 semester.
How to Survive the Student Teaching Application Process with Dr. Brian Wuttke
For all students who have been formally accepted into the Music Education degree program.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Winter Weekend of Music Making

The George Mason University School of Music hosted the National Band Association Symphonic Band Symposium of the Fairfax Campus on January 24th and 25th. Students and band directors from the Northern Virginia area worked with guest conductors, attended workshops, honed their conducting skills in workshops, participated in master classes, and listened to a performance by the Mason Wind Symphony.

Forest Park HS (Donald Magee, Director); John Champe HS (Jonathan Phillip, Director); Potomac Falls HS (Tim Niebergall, Director); Westfield HS (Stephen Panoff, Director).

Gary E. Smith (Associate Director of Bands, Emeritus, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); Dennis M. Layendecker, D.M.A. (Col. USAF Band Conductor, Ret.; Conductorof the Mason Symphony Orchestra; Director of the George Mason University School of Music), Mark Camphouse (Reknowned Composer; Conductor of the Mason Wind Symphony), Brian O. Walden (Commander and Conductor of the USN Band), Stanley R. Schoonover (Director of the Fairfax Wind Symphony; Supervisor of Music for FCPS, Ret.), Roy Holder (President, National Band Association).

An Overview of the National Band Association (John Casagrande); The Bb Scale Ain't No Warmup (John Casagrande and Brian C. Wuttke); Selling Yourself in an Interview (Michael Pierson, Supervisor of Music, LCPS); From Cane to Beautiful Music (Sponsored by Vandoreen); Score Study from a Composer's Perspective (Mark Camphouse); Marketing, Recruiting, and Retention in Elementary Band (Eileen Fraedrich and Allison Parell); Conducting Workshop with the Mason Wind Symphony (Mark Camphouse and Dennis M. Layendecker, D.M.A.)

Flute (Jenny Lapple and Juliana Nickel), Oboe (Lorrie Berkshire-Brown, Ed.D.), Bassoon (Max Wharton, D.M.A.), Clarinet (Rochelle Oedemann, D.M.A.), Saxophone (Ed Fraedrich and Rick Parrell), Trumpet/French Horn (Phil Snedecor and Denny Edelbrock, D.M.A.), Trombone (Matt Neff), Euphonium/Tuba (Andrew Hitz), Percussion (John Kilkenny and Joe McCarthy).