BMus, The Royal Academy of Music
M.M., The Juilliard School / Columbia
M.A., Dartmouth College
MPhil & M.A., New York University
Ph.D, New York University
Marcus R. Pyle, Ph.D
Marcus R. PylE
As a versatile musician, Marcus Pyle is not only a violist and professor, but also founder and CEO of ChamberWorks Summer Institute. Dr. Pyle is currently the inaugural Franco Professor of the Humanities and Assistant Professor of Musicology at Davidson College. He is also the Artistic Director of the Davidson Concert Series, sponsored by WDAV and Interim Conductor of the Davidson Symphony Orchestra. Prior to Davidson he held positions at Tufts University and MIT. His peer-reviewed research has been published in 19th-Century Music and most recently in the Journal of Popular Music Studies. In support of his research and outreach, he has been awarded the Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship from the American Musicological Society and the NYU Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. He is a full-scholarship graduate of New York University, where he was a MacCracken Fellow, and of Dartmouth College where he majored in Comparative Literature. Dr. Pyle was previously 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, 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 joined a panel of arts education experts in a discussion on strengthening the arts in impoverished communities, also at The Colburn School. Marcus has a standing offer to record his debut album with Centaur Records. He has performed recitals at the Tenri Cultural Institute, soloed with the Harvard University Orchestra, and is on the board of trustees for the Dvorak American Heritage Association. In 2022, he performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante as soloist with the Garland Symphony, Symphony Arlington, and the Las Colinas Symphony.
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. Dr. 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. As a conductor, his teachers included Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis, JoAnn Falletta, George Hurst, and Sarah Sproul. 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 in the movie Annie (2014) alongside actors Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis. In 2013, Dr. Pyle made it to the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall stages performing solo recitals and chamber concerts.
Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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. To further bridge the gap between intellectual and performer, Dr. Pyle studied Music Psychology at Columbia University and, at Juilliard, held the positions of Graduate Teaching Fellow for Music History, Music Theory, and Morse Teaching Artist Fellow. He is currently President of the American Musicological Society Southeast Chapter and Council Member of the national American Musicological Society. In addition, he is Area Editor of the New Grove for Music and Guest Editor of Opera Quarterly.
BMus, Baylor School of Music
M.M., University of Maryland
A native of Texas, Shabria Chantell Ray began her study of the viola at the age of five through the Young Strings program, founded by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. By the age of nine, she was performing in her first orchestra, as part of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) organization. During high school, she began musical studies with David Schultz of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Shabria studied Viola Performance with Dr. Kathryn Steely at Baylor University. At Baylor Shabria was principal violist in the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, played in the Waco Symphony Orchestra, and performed as a substitute for the Brazos Valley Symphony and the San Angelo Symphony. Shabria graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music in May of 2013.
Shabria obtained her Master of Music in Viola Performance from University of Maryland in May of 2015, studying with Katherine Murdock. At the University of Maryland, Shabria was principal violist of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the University of Maryland Opera Orchestra. Shabria’s chamber groups consistently placed in the University of Maryland’s Chamber Honor Concert each semester. While at the University of Maryland, Shabria became a founding member of rogue collective. The D.C.-based collective of musicians, dancers, and artists performs unique repertoire in venues on the East Coast.
As an orchestral musician, Shabria has performed under the baton of JoAnn Falleta, Keith Lockhart, Ken Lam, Matthias Bamert, David Effron, Grant Llewellyn, and Thomas Wilkins. Shabria has attended many music festivals including the Brevard Music Center, Hot Springs Music Festival, the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop, Miami Summer Music Festival, and Summit Music Festival. Shabria has also had lessons and master classes with the best viola pedagogues in the country such as Daniel Foster, Carol Rodland, Susan Dubois, Steven Tenenbom, Roberto Diaz, and Lawrence Dutton.
Shabria currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is the Assistant Orchestra Director at R. L. Turner High School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. Previously, Shabria was the Orchestra Director at Piedmont Global Academy (PGA), a middle school within the Dallas Independent School District. During Shabria’s three years at PGA she started the orchestra program and recruited and retained over 100 students in their feeder program. With Shabria’s leadership, the orchestra received a UIL Sweepstakes award in 2022.
When Shabria is not in the classroom she maintains a private studio of violin and viola students, is on faculty of ChamberWorks Summer Music Institute, is the orchestral director of the ChamberWorks Youth Orchestra, and is the founder of Ade String Collective, a Dallas based collective of African-American musicians. During her free time, Shabria is a frequent traveler and an avid runner.
BMus, University of Texas, Arlington
M.M., California Institute of the Arts
Stephanie Moorehouse is a violinist in the Los Angeles area where she studies at California Institute of the Arts. During her time in California, Stephanie has gotten the opportunity to study with violinist Lorenz Gamma of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, new-music violinist and violist Mark Menzies, and Malcolm Goldstein, world renowned new age composer and violinist. She is also an active sub for the famous Young Musicians Foundation “Debut Orchestra” and the Golden State Pops, where she has performed alongside soloists Lynn Harrell and Bing Wang. Stephanie has performed under the baton of: John Debney, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Mark Isham, Christopher Lennertz, Joel McNeely, Diego Navarro, John Powell, Brian Tyler, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams. Along with performance opportunities in Los Angeles, Stephanie has also been appointed concertmaster of both the Baroque Ensemble lead by famous oboist Allan Vogel and the CalArts New Millenium Orchestra.
Before she traveled to California, Stephanie obtained a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Texas at Arlington. She studied with violinist Dr. Martha Walvoord and was given many opportunities to perform alongside faculty and visiting artists. In 2010, Stephanie’s string quartet was able to travel to the ASTA convention in California with the string faculty of UTA. They gave a performance in a lecture given by the school’s head of the music department, Dr. John Burton. Stephanie also participated in a performance with Dr. John Burton later that year in a chamber series concert and in master classes with David Perry, Andrew Jennings, and Jennifer Walvoord.
Outside of music school, Stephanie has taken an interest in exploring other genres of violin performance including fiddling. She auditioned for the Grapevine Opry at 17 and began performances with the band in 2007. A few years later, Stephanie was awarded “Instrumentalist of the Year” three years in a row which lead to her being inducted into the Hall of Fame amongst artists: Julianne Hough, Matt Jenkins, and Keith Anderson. Stephanie is also a founding member of ChamberWorks.