John Mason Arts Achievement Award


The John Mason Arts Achievement Award

The “John Mason Arts Achievement Award” was established in 2001, to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of the arts (dance, music, theatre, literature, visual arts or other art disciplines within the City of Fairfax Community.

2016 Award Winner

Jody Stein

Jody Stein has been the Director of the Old Town Hall Performance Series in the City of Fairfax, Virginia, since 2004, when the founder, Bonita Lestina, stepped down in order to accept an appointment on the Virginia Commission for the Arts.   Jody has been a member of the flute section of the City of Fairfax Band for over 26 years.  Prior to that, she was a member of the George Mason Symphonic Winds for 5 years.  She also is a member of the Woodbridge Flute Choir.

From 1997 through 2007, Jody served on the Commission on the Arts as the City of Fairfax Band’s representative.  During her tenure on the Commission, she initiated a Mentoring Musicians program for economically disadvantaged band students in the City, in collaboration with other City Band musicians, who provided free private instrumental instruction throughout the school year.

Jody has been teaching flute privately for over 20 years.  Her students range in age from 9 to adult.  She has a studio in the City of Fairfax, and works as a clinician with the flute sections of Fairfax High School, and South County Middle and High Schools.  She also has served as an adjudicator for the Fairfax County Solo & Ensemble Festival.  She is an active member of the National Flute Association and the Flute Society of Washington. 

For most of her professional life, she worked as an administrator for the Federal Government and later, in the private sector, with a large, international investment management law firm in Washington, D.C.   At the law firm, she was the Manager of Attorney Career Development and Lateral Attorney Hiring. 

Jody and her husband, Larry, reside in Occoquan, Virginia.  Her husband has a law practice in the City of Fairfax, next to the building where Jody’s flute studio is located.   Together they have three children, Adam, an Executive Chef, in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., Erica, a flutist and an attorney in New York City, and Jordan, who will be graduating in May from Parsons School of Design in New York City, with a BFA in photography, and a focus in cinema.


Past Award Recipients

 2015—Robert Pouliot, City of Fairfax Band
2014—Adam Lister, Kimco Realty
2013 — Ruth & Tom Hill
2012— The Honorable Joan Weaver Cross
2011— Geraldine Sherwood
2010— The Honorable Jane Haycock
2009—  Dr. Joseph M. Kanyan
2007— Ellen Brouwer
2005— Geoffrey Steffens
2003— Ray & Sharyl Abell
2002— Bonita Lestina
2001—  The Honorable John Mason