FACULTY

 
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Debi Adams is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique. She received her certificates in 1992 from The Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge (Tommy Thompson, Director) and Alexander Technique International. She is also a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano. Debi holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Boston University. She has also completed three years of Actors Secret Training with Betsy Polatin which she continues to study. (This training combines Alexander Technique with the trauma work of Peter Levine and the breath work of Carl Stough.)  Debi currently teaches the Technique at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she also directs a teacher-training course. She maintains a private practice in piano and the Alexander Technique and regularly performs as part of the Well-Tempered Pianists duo. Debi has been fortunate to share her work in Canada, the Czech Republic, Japan, Korea, Peru and throughout the United States. Her struggle with a hand injury led her to the Technique and has deeply influenced her teaching of this work. For more information:  http://debiadamsat.com/

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Abigail Albaugh, M.AmSAT, received degrees in violin performance from East Carolina University and University of Michigan. She is the winner of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and has toured England, Iceland, Scotland, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, and Canada. Albaugh has been a member of the Wilmington and Long Bay Symphonies, the Atlantean Piano Trio, and was a founding member of the Caretta Quartet. She can be heard on the Massive Grass album, “Ripe for the Pickin’”. In 2008, upon completion of a three-year training program at Alexander Technique Ann Arbor under director Jane Heirich (author of Voice and the Alexander Technique), Albaugh earned Teacher Certification through the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Since then, she has done annual post-graduate training with Joan and Alex Murray in Urbana, IL. Intensive study and mentoring with students of Paul Rolland since 2011 has led to engagements teaching Rolland Pedagogy and Alexander Technique at Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshops at George Mason University and University of Illinois. Albaugh is also a Frisch and Denig Custom Chinrest Fitting Specialist, helping instrumentalists avoid injury through properly-fitted equipment.  She has presented Alexander Technique workshops to musicians at three American String Teachers Association Conferences and will be presenting a two-hour learning lab at the March 2019 convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albaugh has worked extensively with instrumentalists and singers in private and group class settings since 2008 and will be hosting her second Alexander Technique Retreat for Violinists and Violists in Ashburn, VA, April 12-14, 2019. She is currently located in Myrtle Beach, SC, where she teaches and performs across the Southeast region. For more information:  www.abbyalbaughstudios.com

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James Blumer is sought-after as a clinician on the benefits of Alexander Technique and Body Mapping in performance and pedagogy. A certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, Licensed Andover Educator, and freelance violinist based in the New York metropolitan area, he offers private lessons, workshops, and masterclasses on how understanding the body’s natural design can improve movement, enhance performance, and prevent injury. James serves on the faculties of the Elizabeth Faidley Studio (violin) and the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. He has presented master classes and workshops at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, Mannes School of Music, Ithaca College, New Jersey City University, Luzerne Music Center, Biennial Andover Educators Conference, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference. James studied violin performance at Montclair State University, the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria, and Ithaca College. While in Ithaca, he completed long-term Suzuki teacher training, and licensed as an Andover Educator in 2014. James completed the teacher certification program at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in 2018.

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Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Ph.D. has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 30 years and is currently teaching the Technique both in the Theatre Department at Capilano University and at the Alexander Technique Centre in Vancouver. Gaby also teaches in the Young Artists Program at the Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera in Victoria and at the Pender Island Flute Retreat. Gaby works extensively in collaboration with musicians, voice, movement and acting instructors. Much of Gaby's current work and research focuses on exploring the connections between Alexander Technique and creativity as it pertains to performers. Informed by her Ph.D. and research in education, she is also exploring the connections between current educational research and Alexander teacher training.

Gaby is a member of CANSTAT, STAT, AmSAT, and ATI. For more information: http://AlexanderTechniqueCentre.ca

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Heather Campbell, M.Mus. (Performance), M.A. (Philosophy), B.Mus. (Performance), ARCT (Performance), CANSTAT-certified Alexander Technique teacher, is a classically-trained pianist and accompanist who has been teaching piano for over 35 years and Alexander Technique for 20 years. While she has worked with Alexander Technique students who have varying issues and interests, her primary expertise and focus are on working with pianists and other musicians. In addition to her ongoing piano and Alexander Technique studio and workshops, she is currently writing a comprehensive book on Alexander Technique at the piano, entitled Freedom at the Piano. Heather was elected President of Alexander Technique Canada (CANSTAT) in 2018 after chairing its Professional Conduct Committee for several years. She has volunteered, mostly in a leadership capacity, in the non-profit arts and health sectors for over 30 years, and in 2018 her volunteerism was recognized when she was awarded the Canadian Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General.  For more information: www.heathercampbellpianist.ca

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Jennifer Condie began formal piano studies at the age of eight. She completed her ARCT Performer’s diploma before proceeding to UBC, where she studied with Robert Rogers, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music. Post graduation, she pursued her interest in pedagogy, studying with Winifred Scott Wood. From 1991-2009 she regularly performed as part of the Hollins/Condie piano duo. She is a member of the Bruce Vogt masterclass, which provides ongoing opportunities for performance and study, and regularly consults Jane Hayes for private lessons. She has served in many different capacities on the executive of the South Fraser Branch of the BC Registered Music Teachers, from Festival Treasurer, to President to Professional Development Convener. Since September 2010, she has been exploring the Alexander Technique through private lessons with Gabriella Minnes Brandes, and has been excited to examine her teaching practice through an Alexander lens.  Jennifer enjoys guiding students on their journey from beginner to accomplished musician.

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Shawn Copeland, DMA, began studying the Alexander Technique in 1997 and qualified as a teacher in 2006 after a five-year apprenticeship with Marsha Paludan. He is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Alexander Technique at the University of Idaho. His teaching is focused on the direct application of the Alexander Technique to performing artists.  Shawn’s study with colleague Rajal Cohen on the efficacy of Alexander Technique group classes for neck pain was recently published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine. He has taught Alexander Technique at the Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC) since 2007 and at the Summer Clarinet Clinic at Stetson University (Florida) since 2010. Shawn maintains a vigorous schedule of performing, teaching, and presenting at universities and conferences throughout the US and abroad. He has been studying Nervous System Energy Healing since 2010 and explores the many intersections of energy work and Alexander Technique in his teaching and research. Shawn certified through Alexander Technique International and is a licensed Andover Educator.

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Robyn Dixon Costa  teaches Alexander Technique Workshops for Musicians, helping students learn to free their sound, play with ease and be present in their performances. She is currently teaching Alexander Technique at the Penn State University School of Music. She earned her teaching certificate from the Philadelphia School of the Alexander Technique and is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International. In addition, she maintains a private studio at her home in Boalsburg, PA.

Robyn has presented Alexander Technique Workshops for Musicians at the University of Dayton, University of Akron, Wright State University, Texas A & M University – Kingsville, the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators’ Association, the International Horn Association’s North East Horn Workshop, and Penn State University. In addition to her Alexander Technique teaching, Robyn plays oboe and English horn  with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, principal oboe of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and a member of the Penn’s Woods Music Festival Orchestra. You can find her on the web at www.rdcstudio.net.

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Jay Foote is an AMSAT-certified Alexander Technique Teacher teaching in New York City, where he is an assistant on the Balance Arts Center’s Teacher Training Course. He is also a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors for AmSAT. When not teaching, Foote is an in-demand producer and bassist, known for his vocal harmonies. He plays upright, electric and synth bass on Broadway for Tony award-winning “Hamilton”, "Dear Evan Hansen", "The Band's Visit" and on Sara Bareilles’s Tony-nominated “Waitress”. Last year, he produced Austin Plaine’s second album “Stratford”, to be released in fall 2018. His acoustic bass playing can be heard supporting Jaymay in the feature films “Happythankyoumoreplease”, “A Good Marriage” and behind Ambrosia Parsley in the Grammy nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook.” He is a voting member of NARAS and a charter member of the Brooklyn chapter of the Jim Keltner Fan Club.

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Heather Gardner is a soprano living, working and teaching in the Philadelphia and New York City areas. She specializes in singing 20th and 21st century works though she is equally comfortable singing Brahms, Mozart or Bach. She holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s degree in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she also studied violin and voice. She has performed extensively with a variety of groups, including Alarm Will Sound, The Albany Symphony Orchestra, SFSound, the Dogs of Desire, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Society for Ancient Instruments, and Z-ensemble. As a violist, Heather has held positions with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and has freelanced extensively both in California and New York State.Heather’s current projects include producing and performing a touring recital of vocal music by Brahms, Stravinsky, Kapralova, Wadsworth and Saariaho as well as starting a new music series in Fresno called Proxima which will have its debut concert in February, 2019 featuring music by Ivanova, Froelich, Zohn-Muldoon and Clearfield.Heather is also an AmSAT certified instructor of the Alexander Technique and maintains a teaching studio in New York City and Philadelphia where she teaches voice and Alexander Technique lessons. For more information:  https://www.HeatherGardnerSoprano.com

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Jessica Goldring is a vocalist and Alexander Technique teacher. She has performed with the Ohio Light Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, the Caramoor Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Franz Schubert Institut, Eugene Opera, Liederkranz Opera Theater, Les Rencontres Musicales in Enghien, Belgium and The New York Repertory Theater. In 2009, together with filmmaker Noe Kidder and actress Marianna Vogt, Jessica founded Exilkabarett, a company devoted to the art of cabaret and song. She has performed with this company at several NYC venues including Dixon Place, the Brecht Forum, The Tank, Millennium Film Workshop, Mono No Aware, The Drilling Company, The Anyway Café and Petite Versailles. As a voice teacher, Jessica has taught young singers at Kansas City Young Audiences in Kansas City, Missouri and served as a teaching fellow at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. She currently maintains a private studio in New York City. Jessica completed her Alexander Technique Teacher Training program at the Balance Arts Center in New York City in the Spring of 2018. She was invited to assist as in an Alexander Technique teacher in programs for opera singers at the Singing Course Bevern, in Antwerp and at the Balance Arts Center in New York City.

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Michael Hanko was certified by ACAT in 2002 and has been teaching AT and voice since then. He has served on the faculty of ACAT as Associate Teacher, Reading Group Leader, and Anatomy Instructor. For the past 2 years, he has been on the faculty of Total Vocal Freedom, teaching AT, vocal technique, and vocal pedagogy online and in person to groups of up to 50, including co-leading a weeklong residential retreat in July of 2018. For more information: FreeBodyFreeVoice.com

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Erin Huang is an Alexander Technique International certified teacher. She has been working with musicians on injury prevention and performance technique using the Alexander Technique since 2016. She teaches privately in Southern California. She has also taught workshops for the National Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, Taiwan and has worked with the horn students at University of Southern California.

As a professional hornist, Erin has played with numerous orchestras such as Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, and Hingham Symphony Orchestra. Erin is also an accomplished pianist. She won many competitions in Vancouver, B.C., Canada prior to moving to the United States to pursue her study in horn performance at Boston University.  

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Dr. Heidi Brende Leathwood has worked with hundreds of musicians of all levels. She has twice presented classes on performance at the national AmSAT ACGM, taught workshops at the International Horn Symposium and the International ClarinetFest, and was a panelist on Enlightened Keyboard Technique for the 21stCenturyat the Music Teachers National Association national convention. Dr. Leathwood currently teaches both piano and Alexander Technique at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where she was formerly Chair of Keyboard. She is Director of Training at Alexander Technique Denver, a teacher-training course. She maintains a private practice, and travels to perform and present workshops. For over three decades, Dr. Leathwood has been working with the principles of the Technique in her own playing. She has performed with members of the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Colorado Symphony; appeared in many areas of the U.S., playing concertos as well as solo and chamber recitals; and has performed in the international Clarinetfest in Italy, Spain, and Belgium.  Dr. Leathwood has performed Colorado, U.S. and world premieres of works by many composers, including Gary C. White, Mark Robson, Christopher Brennan, Gilbert Biberian, Stephen Goss, Ricardo Iznaola, Rob Keeley, David Maslanka and Pulitzer prize-winning American composer George Walker (Viola Sonata, premiere recording, 2009).


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Audrey Luna is grateful to have a career singing, teaching voice and Alexander Technique. She has been on faculty at Miami University since 1998, has taught at SongFest, Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, The Grandin Festival, The Schmidt Institute, Savannah Choral/Vocal Institute and given masterclasses across the US, Canada and Europe. She has mentored her students to win competitions and hold young artist positions such as: The Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards, New York Oratorio Society, NATSAA Competitions, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Ravinia Festival, Chanticleer, as well as singing in opera houses nationally and internationally. Since her Amsat certification in 2013, she has been teaching AT workshops, classes and private lessons largely focusing on singing and vocal function.  Ms. Luna has performed at international festivals, concert halls, and opera houses on four continents. She began singing dozens of opera roles as a fest soloist in Bremen, Germany and as a guest throughout Germany. Orpheus magazine described her, “musically and theatrically first class...with technical sovereignty, she laid before us so much warmth, expression, and sensitivity that it was pure joy.” Ms. Luna can be heard on the Bonneville Classics, Oehms Classics, and arsmoderna labels.

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Jean McClelland graduated from Vassar College, did graduate work in opera and vocal performance at Boston University, and was certified by AmSAT and ACAT as a teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1991. She studied extensively with Carl Stough at the Institute for Breathing Coordination and is one of less than a dozen teachers personally selected by Stough to teach the principles of his work. As a performer, Jean has appeared on Broadway and in concert and opera. She has been teaching Awakening Your True Voice at the New York Open Center since 1986 and has been a guest artist in the Music Department of William Paterson University since 1992. Jean has given workshops at AmSAT conferences, and at drama and music schools, universities, and holistic learning centers throughout the country. www.JeanMcClellandVoice.com

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Katherine Palumbo is a pianist, vocalist and certified Alexander Technique Instructor. She received her teaching certificate from the Philadelphia School of the Alexander Technique in 2015 and is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International. Palumbo earned her degree in piano performance from Bucknell University. Katherine is passionate about helping performers feel more at ease, confident and connected with themselves both on and off stage. She has given workshops for musicians at Knox College, Bucknell University, American University and currently teaches the Alexander Technique at the West Virginia University School of Music. Palumbo also teaches Alexander Technique to massage therapy students at the Pittsburgh School For Massage Therapy and maintains a private studio of piano and Alexander Technique students from her home in Pittsburgh, PA. As a musician, Katherine has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. She explores her interest for contemporary classical chamber music through two ensembles that she has co-founded: The Trillium Ensemble and Khasma Piano Duo. Albums with these ensembles, Switchback, Time Seems to Pass (Khasma) and Silent Spring (Trillium) are available on CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes.

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Tim Pyper  studied the Alexander Technique with Ann Rodiger and is a 2018 graduate of the Balance Arts Center. A professional classical musician, he has won critical acclaim for his work as an organist and choral conductor. He currently directs the music program at Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan. His extensive studies with Barbara Lister-Sink, in conjunction with the Alexander Technique, form the basis of his approach to keyboard instruments. He holds the Certificate in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique from Salem College as well as graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Cornell University.

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Ann Rodiger is the founder and director of the Balance Arts Center and the Balance Arts Center Teacher Training Course. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique and movement for over 30 years in academic and private settings. She is skilled in Labanotation, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Yoga, meditation, and various dance techniques. She maintains private practices in New York City, Berlin and Antwerp. She is the creator and producer of the Freedom to Move, Freedom to Play and co-creator of the Freedom to Act conferences. She has recently published a book, "How To Sit: Your Body at Work".

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Eleanor Taylor, m.AmSAT, is on the Musical Theatre faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and maintains a private teaching studio at Union Square, Manhattan, where she specializes in working with singers and actors to improve performance, prevent injury and reduce anxiety using AT. She currently serves on the faculty of Respiro Opera and the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique, and formerly at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has studied AT for 18 years with instructors including Gwen Ellison, Lori Schiff, John Nicholls and Nanette Walsh, and completed teacher certification at ATNYC. She has also trained in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing and Betsy Polatin’s The Actor’s Secret methods, and holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in vocal performance from

New England Conservatory and the University of Minnesota. Eleanor has led Alexander Technique masterclasses for the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program, University of Illinois-Chicago Theatre program, Music Educators Association of NYC/United Federation of Teachers, the Freedom to Act Conference on Acting and Alexander, and Brooklyn Opera Works’ Summer Vocal Arts Institute. www.eleanortaylorAT.com

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Ayu Wang is the first Alexander Technique teacher in China. She is an ATI and AmSAT Certified teacher and also holds a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from Manhattan School of Music. She teaches Alexander Technique in the Bachelor and Master program at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music as well as at the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and at the Balance Arts Center in New York City. Ayu has helped hundreds of students improve their musical performance and the use of their bodies.

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Ariel Weiss has been teaching Alexander Technique in Philadelphia since certifying in 1988.  In addition to her private practice, she has coached instrumentalists and singers at the Curtis Institute of Music since 1999 and serves as faculty for the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique teacher training course. Trained as a modern dancer and choreographer, Ariel specializes in teaching the Technique to performers and has taught for Santa Fe Opera, the Well Balanced Pianist and Musical Theater majors at the University of the Arts. In 2016 she developed Freedom to Make Music: Alexander Technique Conference for Musicians with Ann Rodiger which they co-produce annually in NYC. A founding member of Alexander Technique Teachers of Greater Philadelphia, she is certified through Alexander Technique International and has been guest faculty for training programs in Toronto, Tokyo and Osaka.  An inveterate mover, Ariel came to the Technique as a young dancer and was greatly influenced by her studies with Master Teacher Marjorie Barstow. For more information: www.atphila.com