~ 2016 Master Classes ~

~ The "Forscom Four" Clarinet Quartet ~
Monday, July 25, 2016 - St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, Burke, VA - Chamber Recital and Master Class

The FORSCOM FOUR Clarinet Quartet is one of several

Music Performance Teams (MPT) at the Army Ground

Forces Band under the U.S. Army Forces Command at

Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Quartet began in

June 2015 when the Airborne and Special Operations

Museum in Fayetteville, NC requested a woodwind 

group for the museum's annual Korean War

Remembrance. Since then, the Quartet has been an

active and versatile ensemble, playing for Army

ceremonies at FORSCOM headquarters; performing

at special events in the greater Fayetteville area, and 

undertaking two full-length concert tours, one in

North Carolina in September 2015 and another through Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia in March 2016. The Quartet repertoire includes classical pieces, modernist works, military marches, patriotic tunes, jazz, and Klezmer.  

The Forscom Four Clarinet Quartet will spend three days at the 2016 Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp.  During their stay, the Quartet will perform a concert featuring various chamber selections and showcasing our head clarinet faculty member, Kristen Spiridon, as soloist.  The concert is followed by a master class featuring selected students from the camp.  Additionally, the quartet will sit side-by-side students in rehearsals for both large ensemble and instrumental choirs.  This is an opportunity not to be missed! 


~ Flutist, Wendy Cohen ~

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, Burke, VA - Chamber Recital and Master Class

Wendy Cohen has performed as principal flute of Symphony Orchestra

Augusta since 2000. She is also principal flute with the SC Philharmonic

and plays second flute with the Greenville Symphony.  Ms. Cohen received

her Master’s degree in performance from the University of

Cincinnati College — Conservatory of Music. Her husband, Jeremy,

is also a member of the SC Philharmonic and plays clarinet in the

Band of the US Air Force Reserve.

She has done additional playing with the Atlanta Symphony,

Hilton Head Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Charlotte Symphony,

Alabama Symphony, and Savannah Symphony. She has played piccolo

with the Aspen Festival Orchestra during the summer months under such

conductors as James Levine, David Zinman, Michael Tilson-Thomas,

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and James DePeriest. Ms. Cohen was the

first place winner of the 1999 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.

Ms. Cohen was visiting flute professor at the University of South Carolina for the 2007-08 school year. In 2008 she served as a faculty performing artist for the Festival del Invierno in Vale Veneto, Brazil. Other teaching positions have included Georgia Southern University, Lander University, and Columbia College. She is a founding member and past president of the South Carolina Flute Society and is currently is serving as treasurer. Ms. Cohen will perform a short recital, including a feature performance with the 2016 Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp Flute Choir followed by a master class for students in attendance at the woodwind camp. 

~ Oboist, Dr. Lorrie Brown 
​Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Trinity Christian School - Oboe Master Class and Instrument Repair Workshop 
Oboist and English hornist, Dr. Lorrie Brown (Lorrie Ann Berkshire Brown)

has performed and presented classes around the United States and

internationally as far away as Ukraine and Taiwan. As a teacher she

tries to inspire learning environments that encourage not only creativity

and musicianship but also a work ethic with higher purposes and healthful

priorities. Her former students enjoy careers as professional educators

and performers. Some are now administrators and/or faculty at top ranked


From 2010 to 2014 Dr. Lorrie Brown was the George Mason University

School of Music Woodwinds Area Coordinator. Prior to joining GMU’s

faculty in the mid-90s, she was the Oboe Associate Instructor at the

Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She was also an Instructor of Music Appreciation for the University of Vermont, a Flute, Clarinet and Oboe Instructor at the Vermont Conservatory for the Arts and a Flute Instructor for Vermont’s Johnson State College. She has coordinated, designed and scripted audience focused projects, children’s shows, roundtable discussions, recruiting and educational events, and performance tours. Her initiatives have featured world premieres, included esteemed guests, and have attracted media and international recognition. She has also supervised interns and mentors in a variety of contexts.

She is an Oboist and English hornist with the American Festival Pops Orchestra conducted by Professor Tony Maiello. She retired from the United States Army in 2015 after serving as a musician in a premier ensemble of the Senior Armed Service, performing as a rotating oboist, English hornist and soloist with The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” from Washington, DC. In 2011 she became the first female to continuously serve as Oboe Section Leader for “Pershing’s Own” and earned the rank of Master Sergeant along with numerous Military Awards, including a certificate for providing support to 9/11 rescue and recovery operations during “Operation Noble Eagle”. Before enlisting in the U.S. Army, she was an Oboist (substitute/extra) for the New York Philharmonic. She found herself immersed in Basic Combat Training only days after performing as the New York Philharmonic’s substitute Principal Oboist for Avery Fisher Hall performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor. She was Oboist for the 1989 Teton Festival’s “Music in the Present Tense” and was an interim Second Oboist for the Grand Teton Music Festival. Having performed with many wonderful musicians, conductors, symphonic, opera, jazz and rock orchestras, dance and theater companies, and chamber ensembles she can be heard on soundtracks, TV and radio broadcasts, DVDs, CDs, and webcasts in civilian and Army capacities.

Her teachers/mentors include Frank Stalzer, Joseph Robinson, Tom Stacy, Julius Baker, Alfred Genovese, Laurence Thorstenberg, Peter Smith, John Mack, Stephen Maxim, Leonard Hindell, Richard Adams, and Maestros Richard Strange, Robert Fleming, Rick and Margaret Klein, and Henry Schuman. A summer at Tanglewood (and her time in New York) provided the musical influence of Maestro Leonard Bernstein. There are many others deserving her gratitude (including her family, her Ft. Jackson, SC, Company B, 3d Battalion 61st Infantry, 1st Basic Training Brigade, Commander CPT. P. Pagnucco, and her Drill Sergeants, H. Morales, K. Wallace, and J. Curesma, and her Army Recruiter). She hopes her efforts reflect well upon her Creator and upon all of those in her life.

Her Doctorate is in Educational Leadership and her curriculums are designed to apply learning as a means toward developing educational leaders.

Dr. Lorrie Ann Berkshire Brown is the Director of Potentiating Love Potentiating Leadership ® a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that customizes outreach by coordinating knowledge and resources in order to improve access to creative learning opportunities.

As a woodwind repair-person and outreach collaborator with instrument designers/builders she has offered music repertoire performance and reed making workshops, as well as private instruction. Her musical interests began by doubling on woodwinds in jazz and popular genres.

Her work as an educator was profiled in Phoenix Focus Magazine (August 2012, Education Issue) and in The U.S. Army Band’s Soldier’s in the Spotlight (March 2015, Women’s History Month). She was recognized through student selection as a Developmentally Influential Teacher by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (October 2008) and as a Virginia Governor’s School Outstanding Educator (July 1998). She was an instructor for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program. She has participated, and performed at numerous educational events and has served on peer-review for the Journal of Leadership Education and for global leadership conferences. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education.

Her husband Sergeant Major David Thomas Brown is a versatile saxophonist and clarinetist and a member of The U.S. Army Blues.

Contact Dr. Lorrie Brown: lberkshi@gmu.eduDr. Brown will give a master class to students who participate in the woodwind camp.  

~ Saxophonist, Rick Parrell 

Monday, July 18, 2016 - Trinity Christian School - Saxophone Master Class

George Mason University, Saxophone Faculty
Saxophone | Jazz Workshop

Jazz Workshop (Big Band)
Saxophone Ensemble

B.A., B.M., George Mason University
M.M., University of North Texas

Richard 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 currently 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.Contact Prof. Parrell: rparrell@gmu.edu

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Clarinetist, Kristen Spiridon, presents
                                                   "Master Works for Clarinet" 
                                                   Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:00-9:00p at Trinity Christian School (Gymnasium Stage)

                                                   A two hour masterclass featuring the premiere works written for the clarinet.  Ms.                                                              Spiridon welcomes repertoire ranging from orchestral excerpts to major concertos and                                                    sonatas to be performed for her in this open forum.  Students who attend are                                                                    encouraged to attend whether performing or observing.  Those interested                                                                            in performing must submit their requests and pieces by the first week of camp to Ms.                                                      Spiridon. 
                                                   This masterclass is open to the public $20.00 admission.  
                                                   *Students enrolled in the woodwind camp have free admission

Flutist, Gary Schocker presents 
"Chamber Music of Gary Schocker"
Monday, July 28, 2015 - 7:00-9:00 St. George's United

Methodist Church, Fairfax, VA
Selected students from this year's camp will

perform works by Mr. Schocker in a fun and

interactive master class setting.  All are welcome to

attend and observe!  Mr. schocker comes to us from

NYC, where he is faculty at NYC in addition to

performing and giving master classes all

over the world.  For more information on

Gary Schocker, please visit his

site at: http://www.garyschocker.com

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