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 began attending the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 2009, 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 classes to fill some spaces in her schedule and wound up finding her next great passion! She was awarded Outstanding Student in Theory/Composition Area Award (2013), served as a summer theory research assistant to the UTA Theory faculty (2014), and presented several theory research papers, even entering one in ACES (Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students) competition at UTA (2013). She also got her first experience teaching beginning music theory at UTA Summer Strings Camp (2014, 2016), where she has since taken on the leadership role of Head Dorm Counselor (2018-2019). She graduated with her Bachelor of Music with a concentration Theory degree 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!