Did you know… ?

… that music is MATH? In fact in many conservatories and music schools across the country, music theory is considered to be part of the math curriculum. In the illustrative video below entitled, “MUSIC + MATH,” based upon a live concert presented by the Santa Fe Institute and the Santa Fe Symphony, this fascinating relationship is explored with wonderful visual images set to musical examples. As it is expressed in the video, “If math is pattern, and sound is vibration, music is sound shaped and patterned. Math can help us understand the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies that fascinate our brains and stir our hearts.

YouTube video: Music + Math: Symmetry

From Pythagora’s observations of the fundamental mathematical relationship between vibrating strings and harmony to the digitized musical world we enjoy today, the “Majesty of Music” and Mathematics with the Santa Fe Symphony and the Santa Fe Institute will explore this remarkable interweaving of the languages of music and mathematics.
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Did you know… ?

Music activates certain regions in your brain which are involved in movement, planning, attention, learning and memory. It also releases dopamine, which improves your mood and reduces stress and anxiety and induces pleasure, joy and motivation. Music is also proven to bring memories back to an injured brain, which can help people with brain injuries, such as Alzheimer’s, recall personal memories. Music can enhance altruism in humans and just simply make us be nicer to one another! Learning to play an instrument, the human voice being one of the most complicated to master, activates the brain even more and in more complex ways, even increasing the size of the corpus callosum, which is the area of the brain that allows communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

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The 2018 Kristin Lewis Foundation Vocal Scholarship Auditions were held on March 11-12, on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock – Pulaski Technical College.

Fifteen rising stars from colleges and universities across the country were invited to Little Rock to audition for financial scholarships. In addition, one all-expense paid trip to Vienna, Austria was granted for a week long, intensive vocal study course with dramatic soprano and teacher, Carol Byers; Italian and German vocal coaches, Luisella Germano and Werner Lemberg; and noted stage director Peter Pawlik.

Judges 2018
Dr. George Shirley, Maestra Kathleen Kelly, Kristin Lewis and Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff


Three illustrious powerhouses of the opera world, Dr. George Shirley, Maestra Kathleen Kelly, and Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff, judged and mentored each finalist throughout the two-day audition process.

Vice Mayor Kathy Webb and Dr. George Shirley


During the 2018 Kristin Lewis Foundation Vocal Scholarship Finals’ Concert, Dr. George Shirley, the first African-American tenor to sing at The Metropolitan Opera, was granted a Name Day, March 11th, in the state of Arkansas! He was also bestowed with a Key to the City of Little Rock, Arkansas, by Vice Mayor Kathy Webb.

Link to G. Shirley video
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Above is a short video presentation from the Finals‘ Concert. Included are our judges, Kristin Lewis, Vice Mayor Webb, and the Kristin Lewis Foundation Board Vice President, Mrs. Barbara Hawes. The video is accompanied by a musical clip of Dr. Shirley’s beautiful rendition of “Un’aura amoroso” from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti.

2018 Kristin Lewis Foundation Scholarship Award Participants