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.
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. 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.
Rylie 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 Primary and Young Artist Divisions.
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!