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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.


This masterclass will be our final masterclass of the year, and the dress rehearsal for the May 19 Annual Spring Recital.
As always, performance selections and order will be posted on the studio website about a week ahead.

As many of you know, I like to recognize each student at the Annual Spring Recital for his/her achievements in music, but also in other fields. Past non-music recognition: debate team, swim team, student mentoring, etc. Please send me a list of your achievements, musical or otherwise, ASAP, but no later than Sunday, May 13th. Do not assume that I know or remember your musical achievements! It's better to err on the side of too much information to make sure it's all there!

As hard it is to believe, we are nearing the end of the studio performance year!
For the first time in 26 years, the Annual Spring Recital will NOT be at Truro Church. Instead, Mr. Joseph Yoo has kindly invited us to use the performance space at Fairfax Fine Violins.

This recital is a celebration of the musical year, and a chance to give back to our family and friends who have supported us through transportation, purchase of fine instruments, attendance at festivals, recitals, and competitions, and encouragement in good times, as well as tough times. Students are encouraged to invite as many people as they like. This is a time to share your talents! Invitations will be sent via email to all students.

It is a pleasure to announce that EIGHT Gold Cups will be awarded, recognizing years of performance in VFMC Spring Festivals! In addition to the Gold Cups, the Studio Stellar Student and Performance Attendance trophies will be awarded.

26th Annual Spring Recital
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Students: please arrive no later that 2:40 to acclimate your instruments, tune, and warm up.
Fairfax Fine Violins
10782 B Fairfax Blvd.
Fairfax VA 22030


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 Massenet
John will perform Elegy 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.

Saturday, April 27
NVMTA Strings-Only Judged Recital
Woman’s Club of Arlington
will perform Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate
will perform Dance of the Knights from the Prokofiev ballet, Romeo & Juliet
will perform Elegie by Henri Vieuxtemps

Friday, May 3
District 11 Solo & Ensemble Festival
Lanier Middle School
Kate will perform Polish Dance by Severn
Lynelle will perform Rondo in D by Mozart
Audrey will perform Romance Oubliée by Liszt
Jason will perform the first movement of Sonata in Eb by Brahms

Saturday, May 4
WT Woodson HS Orchestra Audition (Kate and Clara)

Saturday, May 11
NVMTA Strings Achievement Competition (Caurine Easterling)
David will perform Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate and Serenata from Suite Italienne by Stravinsky
John will perform Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C by Bach and Dance of the Knights from the Prokofiev ballet, Romeo & Juliet
Jason will perform Allemande from Suite No. 2 in d by Bach and the first movement of Sonata in A Minor “Arpeggione” by Schubert
Tyler will perform Minuet from Suite No. 2 in d by Bach and Elegie by Vieuxtemps

Sunday, May 19, 2019
26th Annual Spring Recital
please arrive no later that 2:40 to acclimate your instruments, tune, and warm up.
Fairfax Fine Violins
10782 B Fairfax Blvd.
Fairfax VA 22030

Wednesday, May 22
Oakton HS Orchestra Audition (Maddie)


David, John, and Jason performed in the first round of the Fairfax Symphony Feuer Competition. Although none advanced the final round, it was an honor to be selected to perform, and all felt they had strong performances.

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!! 

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

Bravi! to all!!!


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

2019 Virginia All-State Orchestra
Section Violas:

2019 Prince William All-County Orchestra
Assistant Concertmaster

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!