TARYN DENTON began playing the viola at age 11 in her public school’s orchestra program and quickly fell in love with its unique place within the ensemble. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), where she served as principal violist of the UTASO (2010-2011) and as a member of the Summit String Quartet (2009-2011). She originally pursued a degree in viola performance, but major playing-related injuries discovered in 2010 severely restricted her playing ability. Forced to take a break from viola while her arm healed, she turned to music theory to fill some spaces in her schedule and wound up finding her next great passion! She served as a summer theory research assistant to the UTA Theory faculty (2014), and presented several of her own research papers, such as, “Paul Hindemith: A Glimpse Into The Mind of A Developing Composer,” which she presented in the ACES (Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students) competition at UTA (2013) and her capstone project, “Stealthy Synthesis: Motivic Fusion and Layering in Sly 2: Band of Thieves,” (2014), an analysis of her favorite video game music. (That’s right, I said video game music. See kids, music theory can be fun!)
She graduated with her Bachelor of Music with a concentration Theory in May 2015 and B Sharp is the best thing that ever happened to her! She loves being able to teach both of her favorite things, viola and theory, and is learning just as much from her kids as they are from her. Her plans for the future include B Sharp (of course), continuing to pursue local performance opportunities, and one day to present all her theory teaching ideas and activities she has created at B Sharp with other music teachers at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).