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2018 Faculty

2018 Judith Lapple

Summer Woodwind Camp & Music Festival

In its 24th year!

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 assist with advanced flute

                                       Davina Miaw is a sophomore at James Madison University majoring in Music Education                                            with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies.  She currently studies flute under Dr.                                                  Beth Chandler, and is playing in the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Symphony                                                Orchestra at JMU.  Ms. Miaw has played in masterclasses with Goran Marcusson and                                                Marco Granados.  In high school, she studied with Dr. Jennifer Lapple and was 1st chair                                              flutist in Virginia(2015 & 2016).  To find out more about what she is doing at JMU, visit                                                her teaching portfolio at http://davinamiaw.weebly.com/

                                        *Ms. Miaw will teach all levels of beginner 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:  http://www.jlappleflutestudio.com/about.html

                                 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.  

                                        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.


                                                              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 2 of the 2018 Woodwind Camp

                                      Richard Parrell is currently Applied Adjunct Saxophone Faculty at George Mason University                    and 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 teach all levels of saxophone for Week 1 of the 2018 Woodwind Camp

                                         Ariel Williams is an undergraduate at George Mason University pursuing a Bachelor’s                                                  degree in instrumental music education (expected May 2019). She is the current                                                          principal saxophonist of the Mason Wind Symphony and has also performed as a                                                        member of the Symphonic Band and Jazz Workshop Big Band. Ariel was a co-winner of                                              the 2018 George Mason University Wind Symphony Concerto Competition and                                                              performed as a soloist with the ensemble. She was also a member of the GMU                                                            Saxophone Quartet, which has performed at the International Saxophone Symposium                                                and as a part of the GMU School of Music Honors Recital. She currently studies with                                                  Rick Parrell, the retired principal saxophonist of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”

Ariel has taught as a private instructor for four years and is currently an instructor at the Mason Community Arts Academy. She is a returning member of the faculty at the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp and has also worked as a clinician with the Flutopia Wind Ensemble. Ariel is a proud alumnus of Flutopia and the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp.  She is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm and love for music with the students this summer.  
*Mr. Anderson will teach beginner and intermediate saxophone, perform and assist with the Advanced Wind Ensemble, co-conduct the Concert Band with David Anderson and direct the elective Jazz Band
                                         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 beginner and intermediate saxophone, perform and assist with the Advanced Wind Ensemble, co-conduct the Concert Band with Ariel Williams and direct the elective Jazz Band

Horn (Brass)

                                            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