Mason Steals the Show at Chamber Dinner

Posted: June 25, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

Recently named Business of the Year by the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, the Prince William Campus had the opportunity to showcase the university’s arts program before guests at the chamber’s annual dinner dance held Saturday at the Hyatt Fair Lakes.

Lovey Hammel, a 1988 graduate of George Mason, chair of the George Mason University Foundation Board of Trustees, and president of Manassas-based Employment Enterprises Inc., was installed as the chamber’s 2002-03 chairman.

An avid supporter of the arts, Hammel believes that promoting cultural opportunities within the community is paramount to building an improved quality of life. “Cooperation between business, education, and political leaders is the key to the betterment of Prince William County,” she says. “Bringing a performing arts center to the Prince William Campus of George Mason University is the critical next step toward meeting this goal.”

To emphasize her point, she introduced fellow George Mason alumnae Karin Hendrickson and Andrea Moore, whose performance was the highlight of the evening’s entertainment.

Hendrickson, who received her master’s degree in music last month, composed the words and music to the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay theme song, “Carry the Flame.” The song, recorded by Aretha Franklin for CD and video release, accompanied the 110 community celebrations along the 46-state torch relay route and welcomed the Olympic torch when it arrived in Salt Lake City.

Mezzo-soprano Moore, also a 2002 graduate who received her undergraduate degree in music, performed “Carry the Flame” while Hendrickson provided piano accompaniment. Moore was one of two students from the university to perform at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy in July 2000, and she participated as a solo artist at the “Singing in the African American Tradition” workshop in Switzerland in 2001. This year, she was honored by the Music Department within the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) with the Melton Music Teaching Fellowship Award.

“Having the opportunity to show the community the excellent quality of students like Hendrickson and Moore who choose to study at George Mason is a major boost to the university’s academic reputation and professionalism,” says CVPA Dean William Reeder.

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