Welcome to helenfall.com! Helen is a performer and instructor of viola, violin, chamber music, and orchestral music. Explore the site to find out more.

Helen Fall Performance Bio
For teaching information, please visit the Studio Resources page.

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.

              Welcome Maddie

Performance Masterclass #1
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

Studio documents were sent to all members of the studio and their parents on August 10th via email. Some of these documents can be found on the Studio Resources/Parent Resources page on this website. As always, contact Mrs. Fall if you have any questions or concerns about anything studio-related, including the upcoming school year.


                 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! ;-)

Jason, was appointed Assistant Principal Viola in the Virginia Governor’s Summer Music Institute!

John had a successful summer at two summer programs, the Interlochen Viola Intensive Institute, and Credo Chamber Music held at Oberlin Conservatory. John was invited to play in several masterclasses with virtuoso viola performers and professors, and he performed in several concerts as a member of a string quartet and a string trio.

Clara moved up from American Youth Philharmonic’s String Ensemble to Concert Orchestra!

John was accepted for another year in the American Youth Philharmonic’s Symphonic Orchestra!

Crystal moved up from American Youth Philharmonic’s Symphonic Orchestra to Philharmonic Orchestra!

Jason and Tyler were both accepted for another year in the The Capital Symphonic Youth Orchestra’s Symphonic Orchestra!

Bravi to all!!!

                      Brooke 2nd Place 2018 Bland Competition

Brooke was awarded 2nd place for her performance in the February 17th Vienna "Host" James Bland Competition! Brava!!!!

             John wins 2018 Concerto Competition

John was awarded 1st Place for his performance in the January 27th NVMTA Concerto Competition, Intermediate Low Strings Division! Bravo!!!!


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

AYPO Orchestras
Philharmonic Orchestra
Crystal, Viola

Symphonic Orchestra
John, Viola

Concert Orchestra
Clara, Section Violin

TCSYO Orchestras
Symphonic Orchestra
Jason, Viola
Tyler, Viola


2017-2018 Orchestra Honors
BRAVI to these Stellar Students!!

Virginia All-State Orchestra
Violin: Brooke, #8
Viola: Jason, #2
           Tyler, #5

Northern Senior Regional Orchestra

Brooke, Section 1st Violin
Jason, Principal Viola
Tyler, Section Viola

North Central Senior Regional Orchestra
David, Section 1st Violin

District 12 Senior Honors Orchestra
John, Principal Viola

District 11 Senior Honors Orchestra
Crystal, Assistant Principal Viola
Audrey, Section Viola

District 11 Junior Honors Orchestra
Clara, Section 1st Violin

AYPO Orchestras
Symphonic Orchestra
John, Principal Viola
Crystal, Section Viola

String Ensemble
Clara, Section 1st Violin

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

Langley High School
Brooke, Concertmaster

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Jason, Principal Viola

Lake Braddock High School
Crystal, Principal Viola

Herndon High School
John, Principal Viola

Battlefield High School
David, Assistant Concertmaster

Williamsburg Middle School
Lynelle, Concertmaster


Group B welcomed new violin student, Kate! She performed the 3rd movement of the Seitz Violin Concerto No. 2. 

            Kate at March Masterclass