In November I will have had the opportunity to perform with the Hope College Orchestra and the Vintage Parlor Orchestra. Check my Performance page for updates on next gigs.
This summer has been busy! I have been part of Downtown Holland's Street Performer Series with my husband M. Brooks, we traveled to Petoskey to play some worship music together at a church, I wrapped up summer lessons until January of 2024, and did some recording with pianist Audra Erb (YouTube Video Linked below). Be sure to follow my Instagram account @LarissaBrooksStudio for my most recent updates.
This year I have a full music studio that includes both violin and piano lessons. I am teaching in person and virtually. All is going well and my students are learning so much! Proud of them!
I’ll be in the violin section with the Holland Bach Society orchestra for performances this month at three local churches.
More information about the upcoming Bach Society events can be found on our website: https://hollandbachsociety.org/
Second Reformed Church, Zeeland
14th Street Christian Reformed Church
This summer I have started to teach private lessons again and pick up more performances after a break due to my recent marriage and lots of traveling. It has been wonderful to get back into performing and teaching. Below are some pictures and videos of my Summer 2022 happenings.
P.S. I have a concert with the Vintage Parlor Orchestra on August 5th in downtown Holland at Park Theatre. Check it out and purchase tickets soon!! Here is a link: https://www.vpogr.com/
Miss Larissa and Miss Brink's music studios team up to present a student Christmas/Holiday recital at Trinity United Methodist Church on December 6th, 2021 at 6:00pm.
My friend Audra Erb and I have recently recorded a few duets. Check them out on my YouTube channel, there is an entire playlist within my channel of our duets. 😊🎶 ~Larissa
May 8, 1:00 PM Core Yoga + Classical violin Guided Meditation w/ Hamilton Health
DESCRIPTION OF CLASS: Join Scott Hamilton for “Worthy” an afternoon of accessible yoga flow and guided meditation with live violin accompaniment. Special guests Caitlin Grant leading our meditation and Larissa Fall providing accompaniment.
Stick around for giveaways provided by The Center for Physical Rehabilitation.
LOCATION: Lookout Park
PARKING: Located at Lookout Park– known for the beautiful views of the city and Grand River. Street parking available. Check out this directory for more information pertaining to parking.
WHAT TO BRING: Water bottle, outdoor shoes, small towel (if needed), and mask (before and after workout-until safely positioned 6ft apart).
SAFETY: Most of the events will be held outdoors in spacious parks + lots allowing for ample social distancing and fresh air. Proper precautions will be followed to keep everyone safe!
Head to www.grfitnessfest.com to browse all the events that are included with your Fit Fest pass!
I was able to be part of a wonderful live stream performance with the Vintage Parlor Orchestra in March 2021. Check the VPO YouTube channel and website for more info and videos.
Over the past year I have been involved in recording violin for a few tracks on Singer/Songwriter M Brooks's new album called Art from Darkness. You can stream and purchase this album on Apple Music and Spotify. I also interviewed M Brooks on my podcast. Check it out below along with two of the 5 tracks I am playing on.
Duet with my student Elizabeth Gagnon featuring the opening of Dvořák's American Suite Op. 98, No. 5. Congratulations, Elizabeth for learning this difficult piece, and we worked on this all virtually!! Music features shifting positions on the violin, accidentals, a lot of string crossings, a tempo change, and fast triplets.
Listen to the orchestral version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dQWGopS5hI...
Duet sheet music:https://www.8notes.com/scores/20456.asp
Learn more about the piece of music: https://www.classicfm.com/.../dvorak/music/american-suite/
Enjoy these Valentine's Themed pieces performed by Audra Erb and me. 💕🎶
Virtual violin lessons are going well! Interested in learning more? Contact me on my contact page.
I am currently teaching in-person and virtual violin lessons. Some students do a combination of both and others focus on just one method of teaching. It is been beneficial for scheduling and health reasons during this season. My students are learning so much!
Proud of them!
I performed some Christmas Carols on Wednesday, December 2nd.
Virtual Tip Jar: Venmo @Larissa-Fall PayPal.me/LFall
On 11.19.2020 at 6pm EST I put on a live performance: a micro Mozart concert of Mozart's Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 305, Movement I. Allegro molto. Virtual Tip Jar -- Venmo: @Larissa-Fall, PayPal: PayPal.me/LFall Trying to keep quarantine life interesting and spice it up a bit with another live performance. This one is very impromptu. Cheers!
Enjoy my students fall 2020 virtual violin recital. Video premieres on YouTube 11/15/2020 at 12pm. Performances feature my students, solo works for violin, an original student composition, and some student artwork inspired by the music.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many weddings during 2020 I thought it would be helpful to write a blog post addressing live classical and acoustic instrumental music at future weddings during COVID-19 and beyond. I want to help brides and wedding planners during this time and offer some hopeful ideas about creating a beautiful atmosphere during a wedding. I have been performing at weddings for over 7 years and have worked with countless brides and wedding planners to create memorable celebrations. As a violinist I contract and put together many different types of string ensembles for live wedding music. Here are some of my thoughts and tips:
Safety During Weddings: The great thing about string instruments is that they are a very low risk musical instrument and portable (easy for indoor and outdoor events and have the flexibility to move venues last minute). Violinists, violists, and cellists can wear masks when they perform and perform sitting/standing/and socially distanced. This makes these live music groups easy to work with and safe for live ceremonies. For future weddings, hiring a string quartet or soloist will look very similar to it has in the past. A string quartet or soloist can be located at the front of a church or venue, or in the back of a venue. Players will also easily be socially distanced.
Types of Live Beautiful String Music Groups for a Wedding Ceremony: The other great thing about stringed instruments is that they can perform a variety of genres including classical, pop, rock, folk, country, jazz, ethnic, Irish, movie soundtracks, etc. The possibilities are limitless. String instruments and classical musicians are able to adapt to any event and perform any type of music.
-String Duet or Trio
Thoughts for Brides and Wedding Planners: For weddings during COVID-19 and beyond hiring live musicians will be easy and seamless. I plan to set up virtual video calls with future brides and wedding planners to discuss safety and social distancing precautions for set-up, and then discuss music selections. Working with musicians should be easy and seamless. There is planning up front, but on the big day the professional musicians will create beautiful music in a safe environment and provide the atmosphere that will set your event apart and make it special. You deserve a beautiful wedding!
If you know of any wedding planners or future brides who you think would find this helpful, please share. : )
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