Dr. Marcus R. Pyle is a violist and musicologist. He is currently the inaugural Franco Professor of the Humanities and Assistant Professor of Musicology at Davidson College. He is also the Artistic Director of the Davidson Concert Series, presented by WDAV and President of the American Musicological Society, Southeast. Prior to Davidson College he held positions at Tufts University and MIT. Pyle received his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from NYU where he was a McCracken Fellow. He is also a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he majored in Comparative Literature. Pyle was a C.V. Starr scholarship student at The Juilliard School where he graduated with a Master’s in Viola Performance. Prior to attending Juilliard, he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Pyle concertized with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, performed at Schoenbrunn Palace, Cadogan Hall, Henry Wood Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, and Royal Festival Hall. He has done this while collaborating with conductors such as James Levine, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis, Alan Gilbert, Sir Simon Rattle, Leif Segerstam, and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In the United States he has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Garland Symphony, Symphony Arlington, Juilliard Symphony, and was principal violist of the New Juilliard Ensemble, and performed in the movie Annie (2014). Pyle has performed recitals at Lincoln Center and concerts at Carnegie Hall. He was the guest violist performing alongside musicians of the Chamber Musicians of Lincoln Center, Quartet131, and the Sullivan String Quartet.