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Helen Fall Performance Bio
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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
It’s long been accepted that music education helps students become more prepared for a lifetime of learning. New studies now show statistical evidence linking music lessons to measurable gains in focus, discipline, and critical thinking, meaning the connection between music and learning is now stronger than ever. Read more.

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
From the Wall Street Journal: More evidence that keeping music programs in schools helps boost IQ, test scores, creative thinking for scientists, and the list goes on.


Following the Fairfax County Public Schools Spring Break schedule, there will be no lessons April 15-18. Enjoy your vacation! But…do Keep Practicing!! :-)


This masterclass will be devoted to preparation for District Solo & Ensemble Festivals and the NVMTA Strings-Only Judged Recital.
Thanks to Audrey for swapping classes with Clara, who has a swim club conflict, and to Cady for swapping with Tyler, who has a high school tennis conflict on Wednesday, April 10.

Due to Solo & Ensemble Festivals in District 10 and 12 on the same day, Mrs. Doris MacDonald will come to the beginning of the Group A masterclass to accompany Maddie.

Performance selections and order have been posted on the upcoming events calendar on this web page.


 Friday, April 26                                                                         District 12 Solo & Ensemble Festival                       Franklin Middle School                                                              Paul will perform the 1st movement of Israeli Concertino by George Perlman                                           Cady will perform Meditation from Thaïs by Jules Massene t                                                                                          John will perform Elegie by Alexander Glazunov

 Friday, April 26                                                                        District 10 Solo & Ensemble Festival                         Holmes Middle School                                                       Maddie will perform Berceuse by Ilyinsky                     Due to the direct conflict with the District 12 Festival, Mrs. Doris MacDonald will be Maddie’s pianist for this performance.

 Sunday, April 28                                                                    NVMTA Strings-Only Judged Recital                   Woman’s Club of Arlington                                                 David will perform Ziegeunerweisen by Sarasate   John will perform Dance of the Knights from the Prokofiev ballet, Romeo & Juliet                                             OR Elegie by Alexander Glazunov                                    Tyler will perform Elegie by Henri Vieuxtemps


The entire Fall Studio performed at the 2019 Springfield Music Club Annual Spring Festival on March 8th. The twelve students in the studio performed a total of 34 musical selections in 22 events, representing four categories (Violin Solo, Violin Concerto, Viola Solo, and Viola Concerto)! The judges’ comments were super helpful, and scored the students with 20 Superior Ratings and 2 Excellent Ratings. Mrs. Fall is extremely pleased that EIGHT Gold Cups will be awarded at the Studio Spring Recital on May 19th!! Bravi to all!!

David  performed Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate at the January 12th NVMTA Judged Recital, and was awarded Honorable Mention!

Cady performed Tempo di Minuetto by Kreisler at the February 10th NVMTA Judged Recital, and was awarded Honorable Mention!

                             Tyler 2019 Bland Competition

John, Jason and Tyler performed in the Vienna “Host” James Bland Competition on February 16th. Special shout out to Tyler, who was awarded 3rd place!!

The following students have been accepted, and will attend, the following summer programs:
will be attending ENCORE Chamber Music
will be attending National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute
will be attending Virginia Summer Residential Governor's School for Music



2018-2019 Orchestra Honors
BRAVI to these Stellar Students!!

2019 Virginia All-State Orchestra
Section Violas:

2018 Northern Senior Regional Orchestra
Jason, Principal Viola! (for the 2nd consecutive year!)
Tyler, Section Viola (4)
John, Section Viola (10)

2018 North Central Senior Regional Orchestra
David, Assistant Concertmaster!

2018 District 11 Junior Honors Orchestra
Clara Section 1st violin (#4 overall!)
Kate Section 2nd violin

2018 District 11 Senior Honors Orchestra
Crystal Assistant Principal viola!!
Audrey Section viola
Lynelle Section 1st violin

2018 District 12 Senior Honors Orchestra
Cady – Section First Violin

AYPO Orchestras
Philharmonic Orchestra
Crystal, Section Viola

Symphonic Orchestra
John, Section Viola

Concert Orchestra
Clara, Section Violin

TCSYO Orchestras
Symphonic Orchestra
Jason, Principal Viola
Tyler, Section Viola

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Jason, Principal Viola (Symphonic Orchestra)
Lynelle, Concertmaster (Sinfonia Orchestra)

Lake Braddock High School
Crystal, Principal Viola

Herndon High School
John, Principal Viola

Battlefield High School
David, Assistant Concertmaster


              Welcome Maddie

Performance Masterclass #1A
At Group A's class we welcomed Maddie to the studio with cake. A violist, Maddie is an 8th grader at Luther Jackson Middle School.

Performance Masterclass #1B
Group B sends a message to the newest member of our studio. Watch the video!

         2018 Spring Recital Group Photo

                 Bobby & Eleonore share a stand

I loved getting a text and photo from former violin students, Bobby Chase (Humming House fiddler, composer, arranger, and recording engineer), and Eleonore Denig (composer, arranger, and recording session professional), who shared a stand in a Nashville recording session with singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress, Lauryn Hill. They both remember Fall's Law! ;-)

                            Diana Wade Viola Masterclass

The Fall Studio hosted a Viola Masterclass with Master Teacher, Diana Wade, on Saturday, December 22.  Twenty area viola & violin students and teachers attended this inspiring masterclass! Shout out to Crystal and Tyler for playing. They got some terrific feedback, and were able to take that home as they prepare for the Concerto Competition in January!