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2017 Faculty

2017 Judith Lapple

Summer Woodwind Camp & Music Festival


Faculty range from university teachers, symphony musicians, and local teachers and performers from around the area, exposing students to a variety of pedagogical approaches and contact points.  We are anticipating a very exciting and musically-enriching two weeks and couldn't do it without our outstanding faculty!  

***Complete resumes for all faculty members available upon request***


                                   Hannah James is a flutist and piccoloist from Washington, D.C, and is a sophomore at

                                    the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has been playing flute for 12 years, and            

                                    currently plays for the Northern Lights String Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra,

                                    and the University of Alaska Wind Symphony.​ In high school, Hannah studied with Jennifer

                                    Lapple of George Mason University and Nan Raphael, former U.S Army Field Band piccoloist.


                                    In 2016, James was the 1st chair All-Virginia piccoloist, and played piccolo for the Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra. She has played in masterclasses for Laurie Sokoloff, Jonathan Snowden, and Wendy Stern. When Hannah isn’t playing the flute or piccolo, she enjoys swimming for the University of Alaska Fairbanks NCAA team, reading, and playing with her dogs.

*Ms. James will teach all beginner levels of flute.

                               JennaMarie Warfield received a BA from Millersville University, where she majored in music                                      performance with flute as her primary instrument.  Ms. Warfield currently studies under          

                              Julianna Nickel as a masters student at George Mason University, and previously studied with                                   Dr. William Montgomery, Mr. Joel Behrens, Mrs. Lana Behrens, and Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick.  She                                     has participated in youth ensembles at Peabody Conservatory and has assisted directing youth                               choirs at several churches in the Baltimore area.  While at Millersville University, Ms. Warfield                                     performed in several recitals at public events and churches.  She was the co-founder of Professional Musicians and Graduate Education Focus Group (PMGE), a student-run group directed towards supporting and preparing musicians to be successful for graduate school and post-school careers.  Ms. Warfield was a Finalist in the 2012 Louis Vyner Competition, was selected as a performer for the 2012 Julius Baker Master Class, and performed in the 12th, 13th, and 14th Annual New England Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra.  Ms. Warfield currently performs with the Mason Symphony Orchestra, Mason Baroque Ensemble, Capital Wind Symphony, Mason Woodwind Quintet and is an alternate for the Columbia Orchestra. 

Teaching Experience:
Previously, Ms. Warfield was a tutor and private instructor in the Millersville University Preparatory Program.  Ms. Warfield currently teaches at the S. Frederick Music and Arts Center, Mike's Music in Ellicott City and offers lessons at her students' homes and at her private studio in Howard County and Fairfax County. 

Teaching Philosophy:
Ms. Warfield is a passionate performer, musician and teacher.  She strives to share her passion for the beauty and power of music with everyone she teaches.  She does this by incorporating singing, movement, music theory and music history in the lessons.  Ms. Warfield always holds high expectations for herself as a teacher and for her students, but always does so according to their potential and level. 
*Ms. Warfield will teach all intermediate/advanced intermediate levels of flute. 

                               *Jennifer Lapple will teach advanced level flute and direct the advanced wind ensemble.  For a                                  complete bio, please visit:

                                 Clarinetist Kristen Spiridon is an active performer and teacher in the Southeast. Currently, she                                   is the Principal Clarinet of the Savannah Philharmonic; Principal Clarinet of the Coastal                                               Symphony of Georgia; and Second Clarinet of Symphony Orchestra Augusta. In the summer                                     season, Kristen serves as the head of the clarinet faculty at the Judith Lapple Summer                                               Woodwind Camp in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to her present appointments, she held the position                                     of Second Clarinet with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

Ms. Spiridon has performed with numerous orchestras, notably the Jacksonville Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Midwest Clinic, the WASBE clinic, and she has given recitals in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, and California.

A respected teacher and lecturer, Ms. Spiridon has been invited to give masterclasses at Boston University, Georgia Southern University, Miami University of Ohio, and George Mason University.

Ms. Spiridon holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Woodwinds from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a Bachelor of Music degree in both Performance and Education from the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her primary teachers include Richie Hawley, Steven Barta, Carmine Campione, and Chris Pedersen.

Kristen is a Buffet Crampon performing Artist and plays exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets. She is also a RCW performing Artist, and plays on RCW barrels. 
*Ms. Spiridon will teach all advanced level clarinet.  

                                  Nancy Blum received a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance with a minor in                                           piano and a Bachelor of Music Education from the Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, CT,                                     where she studied with Ken Lagace and Kalmen Opperman.  After moving to Northern Va, she                                   commuted weekly to Philadelphia to study with Donald Montanaro of the Philadelphia                                                 Orchestra.  She then went on to do her Masters work in clarinet performance at the University                                   of Maryland where she studied with Norman Heim. 

In the 80's she pursued her long time desire to play the bassoon. Nancy has performed extensively in the area as a free lance musician and piano accompanist.  She maintains a private studio of 60 clarinet, bassoon, piano and theory students in Herndon and works weekly as a bassoon and clarinet clinician at Fairfax County middle and high schools.  
*Ms. Blum will teach all intermediate levels of clarinet.  


                                    Samantha Charriez, originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be graduating with a                                                      Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at George Mason University in the Spring of 2017.                                            She is the principal oboist of the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, Mason's                                          Wind Symphony, and previously the Symphonic Band. Sammy has studied oboe and                                English horn with Dr. Lorrie Berkshire-Brown and Laurel Siberts, and has participated in a                                    master class with Joseph Robinson. 

She is a member of the woodwind faculty as an oboe/English horn instructor at both George Mason's Potomac Arts Academy and the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp. She also has a small private oboe studio in Stafford, VA. Additionally, Sammy has experience playing mellophone, trumpet, euphonium, saxophone, and singing in various ensembles. She speaks, writes, and reads fluently in Spanish.
*Ms. Charriez will teach all levels of oboe.  


                                              Matt Bess currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia and holds a degree in Instrumental                                                         Music Education with Honors from George Mason University.  Proficient on four                                                           instruments (Bassoon, Contra Bassoon, Viola and Violin), Matt has a wealth of                                                               performance experience.  

                                              He has performed with several ensembles at George Mason University (Symphony                                                       Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Pep Band, Baroque Ensemble, and other                                               chamber ensembles), Flutopia Wind Ensemble, and the American Festival Pops                                                           Orchestra. Currently Matt is a member of the Manassas Symphony Orchestra where he rotates between the first violin, viola, and bassoon sections. He has also served as a guest soloist and guest conductor and has performed in several pits in musicals and operas.

Beyond work in performance, Matt has musical administrative experience as a manager, event producer, and as a librarian. He is a member of the professional associations for Music Educators, String Teachers, Band Directors, Choir Directors, and the International Double Reed Society.

Mr. Bess maintains a private studio of mixed students and is currently accepting new students. You can find more information about him at  
*Matt will teach all levels of bassoon.


                                                              At home in both classical and jazz idioms, saxophonist Tim Powell is an                                                                         active and established freelance musician in the Baltimore/Washington                                                                           Metropolitan areas.  He has performed with the Baltimore, Alexandria, and                                                                     Altoona Symphony Orchestras as well as Frank Sinatra Jr., Gloria Gayner, Ben                                                               Folds, The Four Freshman, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Avalon,                                                                 Ben E King, Mauro Marcondes, Origem, the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band and the Steve Fidyk Big Band. 

Tim Powell received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University, a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park.  The focus of his doctoral studies included electro-acoustic music for saxophone as well as contemporary saxophone sonatas.  He has also commissioned and premiered several works for the saxophone.

 Mr. Powell is currently on faculty at Rowan University, Montgomery College, Anne Arundel Community College, and the University of Maryland, College Park teaching saxophone and a variety of classes in the jazz studies area, as well as for the general population.  He has also served on the faculties of Frostburg State University and the Pennsylvania State University.
*Mr. Powell will teach all levels of saxophone for Week 1 of the 2017 Woodwind Camp.

                                                    Jeremy P. Koch is an active saxophonist, chamber musician and teacher based in                                                        the Washington D. C. area. He has been a member of the United States Air Force                                                          Band since 1998 and selected as principal saxophone in 2015. With the AF Band,                                                          he has been a featured concert soloist on national international conferences as                                                      well as performed with diverse artists such as: Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd,                                           Kool & the Gang. As a freelance saxophonist, Jeremy performs with Atlantic Reed                                                        Consort, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Two Rivers                                                        Chamber Ensemble, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Serapis Ensemble, DC Syndicate and Great Noise Ensemble.

Committed to teaching, he regularly presents clinics and recitals throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. In addition, he has presented saxophone clinics at numerous universities, including The Universities of North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois , Indiana, Florida, Delaware, North Dakota and Arizona State University. He maintains a private studio in Northern Virginia and is adjunct professor of saxophone at Shepherd University and Northern Virginia Community College.

A proponent of new music, Jeremy has premiered solo and saxophone quartet works at numerous conferences of the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Saxophone Symposium and the American Composers Forum. He can be heard on countless recordings with the USAF Band, Atlantic Reed Consort's 2015 release and with AUR on America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume III performing John Howell Morrison's Light Possessing Darkness.

Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Luther College in Decorah, IA,  and received a Master of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Prairie Ensemble, and Estilo Chicago. His teachers include Debra Richtmeyer, Jonathan Helton, Michael Chesher, and Jean-Marie Londeix at Le Domaine Forget. 

More information at

*Mr. Koch will teach all levels of saxophone for Week 2 of the 2017 Woodwind Camp.

                                           Ariel Williams is a music education major at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.                                                   She has performed as principal saxophonist with the Mason Symphonic Band, baritone                                               saxophonist with the GMU Saxophone Quartet and also performed with the Jazz                                                         Workshop Big Band.  She currently studies with Rick Parrell (saxophone) and Patricia                                                   Parker (piano).

                                            Ariel also maintains a private studio in Northern Virginia, and works as a clinician with                                                 Flutopia Wind Ensemble and has led workshops on practice techniques.  Ariel is an                                                     accomplished performer on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone and also plays                                             piano.  She is an alumnus of the Flutopia Wind Ensemble and Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp.  She is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm and love for music with the students this summer. 
*Ms. Williams will teach beginner saxophone and perform and assist with sectionals in the Advanced Wind Ensemble.  

                                    Currently residing in Stafford, Virginia, David Anderson is a saxophonist, pianist, and                                                    educator in pursuit of a Bachelor's of Music in Education at George Mason University in                                              Fairfax, VA.  David is currently studying the saxophone under Richard Parrell, former                                                    saxophonist in the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own."  He performs and teaches private                                              lessons on woodwinds and piano (primarily doubling on flute and clarinet), and studied                                              instrumental conducting under Anthony Maiello.  David has participated in the GMU Wind                                          Symphony, Honors Recital, Symphonic Band, Flute Choir, Jazz Workshop, Saxophone                                                  Quartet (performing at the 39th International Saxophone Symposium), All-Virginia Honor                                            Band (2014), Rappahannock POPS Orchestra (2013), various pit orchestras, solo

                                     departmentals, and recitals.  During the summer and fall, he works as a high school woodwind technician, marching band instructor, and teacher at local music camps.
On the side, he also freelances as a piano accompanist at GMU masterclasses, methods classes, juries, and student performances, with experience in classical keyboard instruction and theory.  In the future, David hopes to share the depth of experience, love, and knowledge that he has found in life from playing music to coming generations of young adults as a band director.
*Mr. Anderson will perform and assist with sectionals in the Advanced Wind Ensemble and direct the Jazz Ensemble. 

Horn & Concert Band

                                Madeline A. Lee is currently in the process of completing a Bachelor of Music Education                                            degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After spending two years at George Mason                                      University in Fairfax, VA, she has recently relocated to the Kansas City area to continue her                                        studies on horn under the tutelage of Martin Hackleman, former principal of the National                                            Symphony Orchestra. While in the Fairfax area, she maintained a private horn and piano                                              studio, and has served as Horn faculty at the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp since 2013. 

 Madeline has performed with numerous ensembles in Northern Virginia and Kansas City, and is currently a member of the Music Ministry at the St. Bernadette Parish in Springfield, VA, and the Kansas City Horn Club. Aside from playing the horn, Madeline enjoys arranging and re-orchestrating pieces, particularly for brass ensemble and horn choir. 
*Madeline will teach Intermediate horn and direct Concert Band.