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Apply to participate in our monthly masterclass series. Hosts include our own artists as well as guest teachers from around the world. Participants are welcome from outside studios as well as our own students.



A masterclass is a group class in which each participant receives a short lesson, in front of the group and often audience members, with the host of the masterclass, who is an expert in his/her field. The benefit is to expose students to as much meaningful feedback as possible from as many masters in their craft as possible.  Spectators also receive the benefit of watching and listening to the feedback, thus gaining knowledge and perspectives on the instrument. Everyone is learning from each other. Additionally, masterclasses can serve as a wonderful way to polish off performance and audition repertoire before officially presenting it.


Applications are open to the public.M4Arts students and non-students will need a faculty recommendation. 


Different levels of instructors for different level masterclasses are offered from the early intermediate level through advanced professionals. Beginners are encouraged to watch intermediate & higher masterclasses. 

M4Arts Piano Lesson with Thomas Pandolfi (Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1, 1st Mvmt, Part 1)

M4Arts Piano Lesson with Thomas Pandolfi (Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1, 1st Mvmt, Part 1)

Faculty member, Thomas Pandolfi, coaches a student for an upcoming audition. For more information about lessons, please visit About Thomas Pandolfi (Faculty Member, M Institute for the Arts): Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. His remarkably warm and communicative tone uniquely "sings", projecting the poetry and emotion of whatever he plays--- Thomas truly touches the hearts of all who hear him. His virtuosity is breathtaking, and his sense of phrasing and command of style are marvelously convincing. Highlights during the 2018-19 concert season include engagements with the North Charleston Pops, Symphony of the Americas, Tysons McLean Orchestra, Frederick Symphony, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, and the Reston Orchestra, as well as a coast to coast recital tour including the Community Concert Associations of Craven (NC), Miami Valley (OH), Topeka (KS), Seaford (DE), Brasstown (NC), Laguna Woods (CA), Turlock (CA), and Brookings Friends of Music (OR). Following the spectacular success of Thomas' Mozart / Beethoven and Chopin concerts for The Chamber Music Series at The Cosmos Club (DC), he will again appear twice on that series this season, as well as return to the Palace Theatre (TN), The Hylton Performing Arts Center (VA), The Washington County Fine Arts Museum, and debut at the Maryland Concert Series and The Argentinian Embassy (DC). During the 2017-18 Season, Thomas made debut appearances with both The Evanston Symphony (IL) and The Piedmont Symphony (VA), as well as enjoyed re-engagements with The Ohio Valley Symphony, Symphonicity, The Barton College Wilson Symphony (NC), Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, and the McLean Symphony. He also performed a twenty state recital tour, as well as collaborated with the Sarasota Ballet's production of Ricardo Graziano's "Valsinhas", based on Franz Schubert's "34 Valses Sentimentales"---all six highly acclaimed performances were sold out. During last season, Thomas gave a highly successful recital at The Honest Brook Festival in New York, and also appeared with The National Men's Chorus for their 19th Anniversary Concert at The Terrace Theatre, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Additionally he performed a Chopin birthday concert for the Polish American Arts Assocation, and returned for a highly acclaimed recital at The Frederick Collection's Historical Instrument Collection (MA) for a recital featuring an 1877 Erard. Back by popular demand, he will return this summer (2018) to The Sembrich Museum (NY) in a dazzling program of Debussy, Mompou, Gounod/Liszt, Tchaikovsky/Pabst, and Bernstein/Pandolfi, as well as the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (MD) for an evening of his own virtuoso transcriptions on the music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow. Thomas has collaborated with numerous noted conductors, including Piotr Gajewski, Dimitru Goia, Sabin Pautza, Emil Seigbert Maxim, Peter Schmelzer, Mihail Agafita, Grigori Moseico, David Russell Hulme, Andreas Delfs, Elizabeth Schulze, Miriam Burns, Sebrina Alfonso, Nicholas Palmer, William Intrilligator, Kim Allen Kluge, Raffaele Ponti, Lawrence Eckerling, Ray Fowler, Glenn Quader, Scott Wood, Daniel Boothe, Robert Hart Baker, Crafton Beck, Lawrence Rapchak, and Gordon Johnson. His international concerts have carried him across the globe to China and Europe, as well as a Canadian debut in British Columbia. An outstanding cross-over artist, Thomas Pandolfi's virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow are in much demand. In 2006, he released his first CD, and since then has recorded ten additional ones, including "Language of Infinity" (Chopin), "Gypsy Passages" (Liszt), "Into the Night with Gershwin", and the Paderewski Piano Concerto recorded in the Czech Republic with The Moravian Philharmonic. Thomas enjoys working with new composers, and he has in particular championed the "Pops" Concerti of British composer, Simon Proctor, including The James Bond Concerto, in which Thomas gave the world premier performance in London during the 2010-11 season. He is scheduled to perform the world premier of Bohemian Concerto by British-Argentine composer, Polo Piatti, during the 2019-20 Season. Thomas co-commissioned film and concert composers Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Vassar Kluge to compose The American Piano Concerto, which was an absolutely smashing success at its world premiere in May, 2016; a recording of this work is scheduled to be released soon. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Thomas earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a scholarship student. At the moment, he is based in the Washington, DC area, and is the proud father of a wonderful son and daughter.
Voice Masterclass with Patricia Wulf ~ Lizzie

Voice Masterclass with Patricia Wulf ~ Lizzie

M4Arts Voice Faculty member coaching student, Lizzie, during our Spring 2019 semester masterclass. Location: M Institute for the Arts (Dupont) To learn more about lessons, please visit us at More about Patricia: Starting her professional soloist career with the soprano role of Mimi in La Boheme in 1989, Patricia sang the lyric soprano roles from Maine to Florida. She has performed standard roles such as the Countess, Musetta, Papagena, The Second Lady, and Anne in the "Mother of Us All." Switching to the higher mezzo soprano roles, she incorporated ‘pants roles’ such as Cherubino, Siebel and Nicklausse. At the the Washington National Opera she has sung alongside Placido Domingo multiple times in Don Carlo & Fedora with Mirella Freni. In addition to the WNO, she has performed with Opera Carolina, Summer Opera Theater, Baltimore Opera, Piedmont Opera Theatre, Indiana Opera, and Sarasota Opera as well as additional opera companies and symphonies. In 1992 Patricia participated in the Spoleto Festival USA in an original piece as Saints in "Touch Me Not." She was a Sarasota Opera Apprentice in 1990 where she covered ‘Mimi’, as a young artist. Her solo mezzo concert career includes Mozart Requiem, and Haydn Harmoniemessa at the Kennedy Center in 2002, The Messiah - Georgetown Symphony Orchestra, Soloist with Washington Concert Opera, and at Leesburg Symphony Orchestra – mezzo soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messa Solennelle. She was the lead female in world premiere of Cornelius Coyote – a children’s Opera with Sarasota Opera and played Pauline in the Toy Shop in a 2-month tour of the state of Florida. Patricia has also held numerous solo recitals in the Leesburg, Winchester Virginia area to assist in raising money for Healthy Families, a non-profit foundation that supports unwed women and their children in completing a college education. Patricia received a Bachelor of Music degree from Catholic University in 1987 with a concentration in Vocal Performance and studied voice privately for 12 years in Washington D.C. and New York City. In joining M Institute for the Arts, Mrs. Wulf continues a 30+ year career in teaching, having been a voice faculty member at Catholic University and Shenandoah Conservatory/University. She resides in the Winchester, Virginia area with her husband on a 33 acre farm and they have two grown children – one studying at Virginia Tech and one in Chicago at Rush Medical School. To this day, her favorite role remains Mimi in La Boheme. “There is nothing in the world quite like dying on stage.”
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