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Helen Fall Performance Bio
How Does Music Benefit the Brain?
Research shows that music greatly benefits the brain. Read the article.
Studies reveal musical training in childhood aids language learning ability
Just one hour a week of musical interaction greatly increases linguistic aptitude, even into adulthood. Read the article from The Strad magazine.
New Statistics Linking Music Education to Cognitive Development
That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket
From Forbes Magazine: Big tech employers are widening their hiring horizons beyond the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Larry Quinlan, Deloitte’s chief information officer, argues in favor of “STEAM,” in which the A stands for the arts. “It’s not enough to be technologically brilliant,” Quinlan says. “We need senior people who understand business processes, too.” Read more.
Arts Education Fuels the Economy
We all know that studying music and art is good for your brain, but did you know that the arts are also good for the economy? Read why here.
A Musical Fix for American Schools
Bravi to ALL STUDENTS for an absolutely Stunning Spring Recital on May 2!! This one goes down in the record books as a Magnificent Memory!!
Saturday, May 20: Nancy Kredel Studio Recital
Sunday, May 9: NVMTA Honors Recital
Brooke, David and Jason performed in the May 6th NVMTA Strings Achievement (Caurine Easterling) Competition. David was awarded Honorable Mention, and Brooke 2nd place (and $50!) in the Upper Strings Senior Division. Jason was awarded 3rd Place (and $25!) in the Intermediate Lower Strings Division!! Way to go!!
Brooke, John and Jason performed at the April 30th NVMTA Strings Judged Recital. Brooke and Jason were selected for Honors, and invited to play at the May 14 NVMTA Honors Recital!
Audrey, Jason, Isabella and Mia performed at the April 28th District 11 Solo & Ensemble Festival. All received Superior Ratings.
Lia performed as a Senior Soloist, playing movements 1 and 2 of the Telemann Viola Concerto in G with the McLean HS Philharmonic Orchestra on June 8th. It was, by far, Lia's finest moment. It was a stunning performance!! Brava, Lia!
Bravi to all!!
Bravi to the following Fall Studio Students for Successful Auditions and Performances in the following orchestras (2017-2018):
Brooke was appointed Concertmaster of the 2017 Virginia Governor’s School Summer Music Institute!!
Clara moved up from American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's String Ensemble 2nd violin section to 1st violin section!
Audrey, who has not played in any American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in the past, has been accepted to the AYPO Concert Orchestra!
John moved up from American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's Concert Orchestra to Symphonic Orchestra!
Crystal, who has not played in any American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in the past, has been accepted to the AYPO Symphonic Orchestra!
Bravi to the following Fall Studio Students for Successful Auditions and Performances in the following orchestras (2016-2017):
2017 Virginia All-State Orchestra
2016 Northern SRO Orchestra
2016 North Central SRO Orchestra
2016 District 12 Honors Orchestras
2016 DIstrict 11 Honors Orchestras
AYP Symphonic Orchestra
Concertmasters and Principals