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
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
PERFORMANCE MASTERCLASS #9
This masterclass will be our final masterclass of the year, and the dress rehearsal for the May 19 Annual Spring Recital.
ACHIEVEMENT LISTS NEEDED!
ANNUAL STUDIO SPRING RECITAL!
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
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: STUDENTS
Friday, April 26
Friday, April 26
Saturday, April 27
Friday, May 3
Saturday, May 4
Saturday, May 11
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Wednesday, May 22
KUDOS TO STELLAR STUDENTS!!
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!
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:
Bravi! to all!!!
2018-2019 Orchestra Honors
2019 Virginia All-State Orchestra
2019 Prince William All-County Orchestra
2018 Northern Senior Regional Orchestra
2018 North Central Senior Regional Orchestra
2018 District 11 Junior Honors Orchestra
2018 District 11 Senior Honors Orchestra
2018 District 12 Senior Honors Orchestra
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Lake Braddock High School
Herndon High School
Battlefield High School
Performance Masterclass #1A
Performance Masterclass #1B
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! ;-)
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!