All perspective percussion students interested in auditioning for George Mason University should complete a university admissions application (admissions.gmu.edu) and then schedule an audition via our website, music.gmu.edu. You may also contact me anytime for a lesson or to visit our ensemble rehearsals. University admissions deadline is January 15th, and our priority scholarship deadline is November 1st. Graduate students will need to submit pre-screening materials.
Equipment and Facilities
With multiple practice rooms, recording facilities and over $200,000 worth of new equipment, Mason boasts one of the most impressive percussion studios in the region. Our percussion practice room to student ratio is appx 3:1 offering ample time and access to practice facilities.
In addition to our outstanding Artist-Faculty, Mason regularly hosts guest artists who enhance the overall student experience and connect with important professionals in our field. Recent guest artists include:
Michael Burritt (2016-2017 Artist in Residence), Robert van Sice, Jauvon Gilliam, Eric Shin, Doug Howard, The United States Marine Band Percussion Section, The United States Air Force Band Percussion section, Tom Teasley, Peter Erskine, Andy Bliss, The United States Navy Band Percussion section, Matthew Strauss, Lee Hinkle, So Percussion, Third Coast Percussion (2020 Artists In Residence), Sandbox Percussion, She-e Wu and Jonathan Haas.
We take great pride in our serious, comprehensive and well rounded curriculum.
Percussion students enjoy studying a wide range of focused areas, including keyboard percussion, multi percussion, symphonic and world percussion, solo literature and chamber music. Beyond the study of percussion, we provide our students the chance to learn the music business, from recording and editing to career development, marketing and entrepreneurial skills.
In addition to their opportunities at Mason, our students have access to Washington DC, one of the country's major markets for music performance and education. Mason's percussion faculty are active performing artists in the Nations capitol, as members or regularly engaged performers with the National Symphony, Washington Opera, and in virtually every Washington DC performing Arts organization.
The Student Experience
As a student at Mason, you will have the opportunity to be regularly engaged as educators and performers in and around Washington DC, building and developing your own own careers. You will work side by side with your teachers, being mentored by some of the most accomplished performers in the profession. You will have the chance to teach in some of the finest public school music programs in the nation. Quite simply, we offer you access to outstanding performing, teaching and learning opportunities - hope to see you soon!