Dr. Rylie Harrod is an active teacher, orchestral cellist, and performer. Rylie completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas in the Spring of 2017, studying primarily with Professor Joshua Gindele of the Miro Quartet and Professor Bion Tsang. In the final year of her doctoral degree, she completed her lecture document focusing on the 'fiendishly hard' cello concerto, titled "Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra, Op. 22 by Samuel Barber: A Historical and Methodology Guide".
Rylie is currently the Director of the Young Artist Division of Texas Strings Festival and Camp, a one-week intensive string camp geared towards students aged 7-14 in the Greater Austin Area. Rylie is also the owner and director of Harrod-Corral String Studio, offering private cello instruction for students ages 4+. Her private cello studio is filled with students from the pre-twinkle level through advanced high school students applying for collegiate music degrees. A large part of Rylie's hands-on teacher training was provided by the University of Texas String Project, where she served on the faculty for five years and also worked as the programs Office Manager for her final two years. She has most recently accepted a position with Suzuki Strings of Austin where she will begin as the new cello faculty member in the Fall of 2019. She is currently the Principal Cellist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra and is also a substitute player for both the San Antonio Symphony and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. She currently is a chamber music coach for both CHAMPS (Chamber Music in the Public Schools) and ACMC (Austin Chamber Music Center). Rylie has taken Suzuki Teacher Training courses with Tanya Carey and Alice Ann O'Neal, along with learning through her mentor, Dr. Laurie Scott, Director of the UT String Project.
In New England, Rylie began studying cello through the Suzuki Method at the age of 5 after starting on the violin at the age of 3. Rylie grew up along the New England Seacoast, studying with members of the Concord Community Music School, The Portland Symphony, and the Portland String Quartet. Summers were spent at the New England Suzuki Institute, Point Counter Point, Kinhaven Music School, and the Portland String Quartet Summer Workshop. She served as the Principal Cellist of the (Greater) Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and also participated in the Preparatory Program at the New England Conservatory. She attended high school at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts where she studied with Andrew Mark.
She received a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK where she graduated with honors in 2012 with her Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance. After four rainy years in London, Rylie moved to Tempe, Arizona where she was the teaching assistant to Thomas Landschoot while working on her Masters of Music degree at Arizona State University. While living in Arizona, Rylie was a substitute player for the Phoenix Symphony and the Tucson Symphony. College summers were spent at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and at the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.
More recent summers have been spent serving as the Director and Cello Faculty for the Young Artist Division of Texas Strings Festival, Cello Faculty of the Longhorn Music Camp and Chamber Faculty for the Austin Chamber Music Center Summer Workshop.
She greatly enjoys collaborating with musicians and artists from many different genres and walks of life - her most recent favorite performance was performing with the band Guster, her long-time favorite from New England!
Her free time is spent hanging out with her dog and husband, Moe-Bear and Andrew who is a violinist. She greatly enjoys going to the gym and doing outdoor activities, eating all the tacos Austin has to offer and drinking (possibly a little bit too much) coffee!