The Scenic City Chamber Society
In January of 2018, The Scenic City Chamber Society made its home in Chattanooga Tennessee. This unique concert series is a collective of professional chamber musicians and college music professors that play benefit concerts for anti-trafficking organizations, educational concerts for the community, and outreach concerts/masterclasses with organizations like Expression Engine, a strings program for underprivileged students. We also work with the Pitch Pipe Foundation to connect great performers with areas of great need.
The name Theorhym comes from the blend of two words: rhythm (a part of music), and theorem (for the Pythagorean theorem in geometry). In the 6th century B.C.E, Pythagoras postulated that musical sounds were harmonious due to simple mathematical ratios. As part of his legacy, he also created the Pythagorean Theorem, a mathematical formula for finding the sides of a right triangle. Finding the area of a triangle became the foundation of calculus, which in turn became the foundation of physics. Music and physics have always overlapped significantly, but arts organizations and educators have struggled to prove the importance of the arts in society.
Theorhym is an organization committed to increasing the knowledge of the symbiotic nature of music and science. Theorhym's mission is to provide and prove a theoretical foundation that art is science and science is art.
I am excited to announce "Transformations." This project is a collaborative recording project featuring the works of composers old and new, and centering on the changing patterns of existence and our human expressions of them. Some of the works to be premiered include recently commissioned works for violin and piano. One of these is the violin sonata by Joshua Rodriguez. The sonata is based on Psaume 3 from the Genevan Psalter. It begins with a haunting, fragmented version of the chant which changes to a bustling city scene and finishes with a shimmering climax of exquisite beauty.
I am passionate about violin pedagogy. My first introduction to pedagogy came about as a result of reading the treatises by Galamian and Auer on violin playing. Soon after beginning college, I was also introduced to the remarkable work of Gingold, Flesch, Francescatti, and Schumsky.
The writings of these pedagogues and their students with whom I studied had a profound influence on me and during my doctorate, I began to wonder what it would look like to create a modern violin technique informed by the old masters, but also by the principles of acoustical physics. After finishing my dissertation on Physics and Advanced Violin Technique, I decided to create a series of short masterclasses or seminars from the information as a way of creating a streamlined technique that would be based on scientific principles but easily accessible for pedagogues and young professionals.
The second seminar is a one-hour course on Teaching from the Right Side of the Brain, a guide to supervising the training of talented students without compromising their individual musical voice.
The first seminar will be presented in March of 2019 at the National Conference for the American String Teacher's Association.
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