When I was invited to highland park to attend the ChamberWorks Summer Project orchestra Gala, I knew it was going to be a good event! After all this is Dallas and whenever there is a highland park mansion mixer, you can expect to see high society mingling with the socialites and everyone enjoying the charity their supporting. Founder Marcus Pyle put on an amazing event to raise money to take his students out of the country next summer.
Read more about Mr. Pyle and see the full photo gallery below: photos by @dgdafotographer
The Faye mansion was amazingly decked out with beautiful furniture and super inviting. Students served food and waited on the party goers. I was able to network and watched everyone in his family chipped in to make the event a success. From his aunt coming out of catering retirement prepare everything from shrimp and grits, to the best spread I've seen in a long time. His family made sure everyone was checked in, fed and even his cousin, who works with me and invited me DG the photographer set-up a red carpet. click after the photo gallery to read more about Mr. Pyle's biography.
As a versatile musician, Marcus Pyle is not only a violist but founder and CEO of ChamberWorks Summer Institute, scholar, educator, and published writer. Mr. Pyle is a violist and doctoral candidate, studying with Karen Dreyfus, at the University of Southern California. Prior to his doctoral studies, Mr. Pyle was a scholarship student at the Juilliard School where he studied with Samuel Rhodes (formerly of the Juilliard String Quartet). He has had the privilege of being taught by violists Ellen Rose, Dr. Susan Dubois, Roberto Diaz, Hartmut Rohde, Jerzy Kosmala, and Yuko Inoue. With an insatiable curiosity, Mr. Pyle’s repertoire is wide, varied, and often obscure. He has unearthed and revived long-lost viola works by Erland von Koch, Scharwenka, and Blumenthal. He was invited to perform a recital at The Colburn School as part of the “Rising Stars” recital series hosted by the American Viola Society. In addition, he will join a panel of arts education experts in a discussion on strengthening the arts in impoverished communities also at The Colburn School.
Before studying at Juilliard, he graduated with honors from the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Paul Silverthorne and Jon Thorne, where he was a prize-winner of the Theodore Holland Viola Competition. Mr. Pyle played with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, performed at Schoenbrunn Palace, Cadogan Hall, Henry Wood Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, and Royal Festival Hall, as well as performed concerts in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Austria. He has done this while collaborating with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis Alan Gilbert, Sir Simon Rattle, Leif Segerstam, and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In London he performed with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, Charities Philharmonia, Brent Symphony Orchestra, Verdandi Camerata, London Arts Orchestra, and the London Shostakovich Orchestra. And in the United States he has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Garland Symphony, Symphony Arlington, and performed in the movie Annie (2014) alongside actors Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis. In 2013, Mr. Pyle made it to the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall stages performing solo recitals and chamber concerts.
Mr. Pyle believes firmly in bridging the gap between performer, teaching artist, scholar, and philanthropist. To this extent, he is the founder and CEO of ChamberWorks Summer Institute, featured in the Dallas Morning News, which provides low-cost, high-quality music education for low-income beginning to intermediate music students. In addition, as founding director and violist of the Locrian String Ensemble, Mr. Pyle curated half-a-decade of benefit concerts that have raised thousands of dollars for March of Dimes and Hope’s Door charities, and was featured twice on WRR 101.1. For the publication of ‘A Novel in the Viola’ by Natasha Solomons, Mr. Pyle premiered the composition “Waltz” by Jeff Rona. In addition to performing, he is a dedicated writer who is a regular contributor to Arco Magazine and the book “What Music Means to Me.” His scholarly musicological interests lie in contentious discussions of New Musicology through papers ranging from “Beyond the Notes: An Occult Subtext in Schönberg’s ‘Nacht’ from Pierrot Lunaire” to “Maladjustment in Poulenc’s Trois Chansons de F. Lorca.” To further bridge the gap between intellectual and performer, Mr. Pyle studied Music Psychology at Columbia University and, at Juilliard, held the positions of Graduate Teaching Fellow for Music History, Music History, and Morse Teaching Artist Fellow.