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!
See below for faculty line-up from 2019. This year's faculty roster is coming soon!
***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 Dr. 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 assist with advanced flute
Helen Landers is originally from Yorktown, Virginia and is in her final
year of study in pursuit of her undergraduate degree in music education at
George Mason University. Helen began her studies in flute in 2007 and
currently studies with Dr. Jennifer Lapple. While at George Mason University,
Helen has performed in a wide variety of ensembles including the
Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Flute Choir, and the Ceremonial Fife
and Drum Corps., where she has served as the Drum Major. She has also had
the opportunity to perform in the Orchestra Pit for several of Mason’s Theatre productions including Albert Herring, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, Threepenny Opera, and Amahl and the Night Visitors. In addition, Helen has performed in two undergraduate recitals.
As an educator, Helen has been very active in several roles. She has served local schools as a woodwind technician, led as the Co-Director of Intermediate Flutes at the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp, and teaches flute privately. In addition, Helen was selected to participate in the Mason Community Arts Academy Teaching Scholars program in 2017 and is a member of George Mason’s collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Educators, as well as the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Music and Service Fraternity. She frequently attends conferences and retreats such as the Virginia Music Educators Association conference, and the Shenandoah Conservatory Instrumental Conducting Symposium.
This Fall, Helen will be student teaching at Westfield High School with Alan Johnson and Island Creek Elementary School with Laura Creque to complete her degree requirements. After graduation, Helen intends to teach in a public school program and pursue a Master’s Degree in Wind Band Conducting.
Ali Dettmer is an active flutist and educator in the Pittsburgh and Washington
areas. As a performer, she has participated in and won several competitions,
receiving third prize at the national level for the Music Teacher’s National
Association Competition for junior woodwinds. She has soloed with the City of
Fairfax Band as winner of their high school soloist scholarship competition.
Ali has attended several prestigious summer programs, including Brevard Music
Center, Tanglewood Wind Ensemble Institute, and ARIA International Summer
Academy. She is currently a substitute flutist and piccoloist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and New World Symphony. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with college and university honors with a BFA in Flute Performance. While there, Ali also completed a certificate program in music education and received the Elizabeth Graf scholarship for excellence in music education. In the fall she will continue her studies by pursuing a Master’s in Flute Performance at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Amy Porter. Her primary teachers have also included Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Jennifer Lapple, and Judith Lapple.
*Ms. Dettmer will teach all levels of beginner flute and assist with the Intermediate Concert Band.
JennaMarieWarfield 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.
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.
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
Dr. Jennifer Lapple, is Professor of Flute at George Mason University. Please visit her website for more information: www.jlappleflutestudio.com
*Jennifer Lapple will teach advanced level flute and direct the advanced wind ensemble.
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.
Quoted by DMV Classical as having “a consistently lovely tone
and [taking] her melodic twists and turns with stylish assurance,”
Emily Tsai began her musical studies at the age of four on the violin
and began playing the oboe in 5th grade. She is currently the oboist in
the internationally renowned, award winning quintet, WindSync.
She was formerly the English Hornist in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra
and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Locally, she is a member of the
wind quintet, Patagonia Winds, and the guitar-oboe duo,
D’Amore Duo, and has performed with the National Philharmonic, Allentown Symphony, Arlington Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, and the Amadeus Orchestra, who also featured her as a soloist. Emily is dedicated to the music education of young people, and has given lectures and masterclasses at the University of Maryland, Northwestern University, New World Symphony, Clemson University, and the Universidad de Panamá, Panama City, Panama to name a few. She maintains a private studio of both violin and oboe students and is an adjunct faculty member of the Holton-Arms School and faculty member of the Washington Conservatory. Her main teachers include Richard Killmer, Mark Hill, and Malcolm Smith. BMus, Eastman School of Music (Performer’s Certificate and Chamber Music Award Recipient); BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Rochester (Magna Cum Laude); MMus, University of Maryland (Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet, SIREN).
*Ms. Tsai will teach all levels of oboe for week 2
Miriam Friedman is a freelance oboist in the Washington, D.C. area.
She earned her Master's of Music and Performance Certificate from
Carnegie Mellon University in 2013 where she studied with
Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and her Bachelor's in Music from University of
Maryland College Park where she was a student of Mark Hill.
A native of New York, Miriam began her studies on oboe with Dr. Joel Evans, retired principal oboist of the the West Point Military Academy Band. She continued her studies at Juilliard Pre-College in high school where she studied with Elaine Douvas, Richard Dallessio, and Thomas Stacey on English Horn.
As an orchestral musician she has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Great Noise Ensemble, HUB Opera Ensemble, and the American Balalaika Orchestra. Miriam is an active chamber musician appearing regularly with StageFree Music and the Fringe Festival. She has participated in a variety of music festivals including Domaine Forget, Eastern Music Festival, Hidden Valley Music Festival, and the Alfredo De Saint Malo Festival Panama. Miriam has performed under world-renowned conductors such as Manfred Honeck and Gerard Schwarz and has performed internationally in Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, and China.
In addition to performing, Miriam is an adjunct faculty member at Washington Adventist University and provides private oboe instruction for players of all ages and levels in Silver Spring, Maryland.
*Ms. Friedman will teach all levels of oboe for week 1
Christopher Jewell earned his B.M. from University of Missouri-Columbia and
completed Graduate Studies at Manhattan School of Music. He is currently Adjunct Applied Faculty at George Mason University.
Christopher Jewell is the Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. An active performer in the Washington, DC area, Mr. Jewell also regularly performs with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Post Classical Ensemble, Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the Chesapeake Chamber Orchestra. He has previously
served as Principal Bassoonist of the Missouri Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, New World Symphony, and Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras. Mr. Jewell has appeared as a soloist with the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra as well as with ensembles at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention.
As a clinician and adjudicator, he has served as a judge for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Woodwinds Competition and has presented masterclasses for the DC Youth Orchestra and at schools throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He has additionally taught masterclasses at James Madison University and the University of Missouri, and was honored to coach students at the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony in Caracas, Venezuela, under Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Jewell coaches woodwinds for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and at Bishop Ireton High School and has led sectionals at American University and Georgetown University. He also maintains a vibrant private studio in Northern Virginia.
An avid chamber musician, he has performed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Georgetown University’s Friday Music Series, and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and has been featured on WETA’s Front Row Washington. He has also performed with ensembles at the International Double Reed Society and Texas Music Educators Association Conventions. Mr. Jewell earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he studied with Barbara Wood and Edward Dolbashian. He continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Patricia Rogers, Principal Bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
*Mr. Jewell will teach all levels of bassoon.
Richard Parrell is currently Applied Adjunct Saxophone Faculty at
George Mason Universityand also directs the Jazz Workshop (Big Band)
and Saxophone Ensemble. He received his B. A., B.M. from
George Mason University and his M. M. from University of North Texas.
Mr. Parrell is an active performer and teacher of jazz and classical music.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from
George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and his Master of Music from the
University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
He is the former principal saxophonist with the U.S. Army Band as well as a member of the Washington Saxophone Quartet. In addition to performing with various jazz groups in the area, Rick also arranges and records jingles for NPR’s “All Things Considered”.
He currently is Associate conductor of the City of Fairfax Band and director of the Fairfax Swing Band. Mr. Parrell has been an Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at George Mason University since 1982.
*Mr. Parrell will give a special master class for our saxophone students.
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, David Anderson is a saxophonist,
pianist, and teacher in pursuit of a Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental Studies
at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He studied the saxophone under
Professors Richard Parrell (Army Band), Ed Fraedrich, and Xavier Perez (Army Blues).
David has participated and substituted for a variety of ensembles, serving as Principal
Alto Saxophone in the GMU Wind Symphony (directed by Mark Camphouse),
Concert Band, Honors Recital, Big Band (directed by Jim Carroll), Jazz Workshop,
Saxophone Quartet, Symphonic Band, Flute Choir, Capital Wind Symphony,
Rappahannock POPS Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony, All-Virginia Honor Band, as well as solo and chamber performances, pit orchestras, recitals, and masterclasses. He studied instrumental conducting under Anthony Maiello, and had numerous conducting experiences inside and outside of GMU. David was also selected for the U.S. Air Force Band Collegiate Symposium in 2017, a program that invites upcoming collegiate musicians to perform with the band in rehearsals, masterclasses, and a final concert.
David also studied piano from a young age, gaining experience over time in solo performance as well as accompaniment. On the side, he freelances as a piano and harpsichord accompanist for masterclasses, juries, solo recitals, auditions, symposiums/conferences, methods classes, concerts, and competitions around the Northern Virginia area. While at GMU, David took lessons from Dr. Yoonji Kim. In private lessons of all types, he uses the piano to teach theory and accompany students on their repertoire.
David works as an elementary, middle, and high school woodwind clinician, marching band instructor, private lesson instructor, and teacher at local summer music camps. He is proficient on all band instruments–all woodwinds, brass, and percussion, and has experience instructing in small and large group settings. David has assisted with the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp, Rappahannock Summer Music Camp, North Stafford HS, West Potomac HS, Frost MS, Longfellow MS, Churchill Road ES, and the Edlin School for the Gifted. His dedicated passion for music truly started in high school, serving as drum major for the North Stafford Big Blue Marching Band (directed by Austin Nicholas), performing in honor bands and pit orchestras, and studying saxophone under Scott Shirk. David is an active member of the National Association for Music Education and attends the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference.
*Mr. Anderson will teach all levels of saxophone and direct the Intermediate Concert Band
Christopher Troiano is currently attending George Mason University where he is working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Dr. Mark Jenkins, current principal euphonium in the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Chris earned his MM in Euphonium Performance at George Mason University and BM in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. While at North Texas, Chris was a student of euphonium virtuoso Dr. Brian L. Bowman. Other teachers of Chris’ include Patrick Nyren and Donald Sherman.
Chris has had the opportunity to perform in numerous ensembles, including the North Texas Symphonic Band, George Mason University Wind Symphony, George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, Capital Wind Symphony, Cedar Park Winds, Atlantic Wind Symphony, Austin Brass Band, Brass of the Potomac, Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA), Huntington Community Band, Northport Community Band, Northern Virginia Tuba-Euphonium Quartet (NOVATEQ), the Patriot Brass Ensemble, Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden City of Fairfax German Band, the New Orleans-inspired Dirty Gold Brass Band, and numerous other small ensembles including tuba quartets, brass ensembles, and mixed chamber ensembles.
As a featured soloist, Chris has had the opportunity to perform solos with the George Mason Wind Symphony, George Mason Symphonic Band, Capital Wind Symphony, Centreville High School Wind Ensemble, Park View High School Symphonic Band, and the Huntington Community Band. Chris has also had the opportunity to perform a solo at the annual United States Army Tuba-Euphonium Workshop in Washington DC with the George Mason University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.
As an arranger, Chris has had his arrangements performed on multiple occasions. The North Texas Euphonium Quintet performed Chris’ arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner during the Texas Rangers’ 2015 and 2016 baseball seasons at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Chris’ arrangement of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare For the Common Man” was performed by The Interservice Euphonium Choir under the direction of Dr. Brian L. Bowman at the 2012 United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop. The Interservice Euphonium Choir is an ensemble comprised of professional euphonium players in the DC military bands. Chris also has a number of arrangements in the catalog for the Dirty Gold Brass Band, a New Orleans-style brass band that excels at playing jazz, funk, and rock music.
Chris Troiano is a passionate and versatile teacher. His teaching experience starts in his undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas as a music education major. Since moving to Virginia, Chris has built his own private studio for all low brass instruments. Currently on staff with the Centreville High School Marching Band as a visual and music instructor, Chris is also very active as a sectional teacher and solo festival adjudicator in the Northern Virginia area. In addition to teaching, Chris assists in directing and coaching ensembles at George Mason University. Chris Troiano is committed to teaching, sharing, and spreading the wonderful sound of low brass instruments.
*Mr. Troiano will teach all classes of brass
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