FACULTY

 

Debi Adams is an ATI Certified teacher, an MTNA Nationally Certified teacher of Piano and holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Boston University. Her primary Alexander training was with Tommy Thompson who she assisted for many years before starting her own teacher-training course at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She teaches the Technique to musicians, dancers and actors at the Conservatory and performs regularly in The Well Tempered Pianists Duo (with Mike Serio). Debi’s struggle with tendonitis led her to the Technique years ago and ultimately guided her to a life free from pain and a feeling of responsibility to share this important work with others. DebiAdamsAT.com

Kathryn Armour trained as a classical singer in Italy and New York and has performed in all genres from oratorio to cabaret. She taught voice at NYU for 17 years and currently has a studio in midtown Manhattan where she teaches voice and AT for classical and Broadway singers. Since 2011 Kathryn has been the Voice and Alexander Technique teacher for the award-winning Fiasco Theater Company, whose recent production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods was produced on Broadway to rave reviews. In 2016 she presented her Voice/AT work in Toronto and Houston. Kathryn holds Masterclasses annually in June at Lake Como, Italy, and in August in New Hampshire.  www.KathrynArmour.com

Evangeline Benedetti, cellist in the New York Philharmonic, 1967-2011, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1991, combines her traditional musical training and experience with the principles of the Alexander Technique in her approach to playing and teaching. She has given master classes as far reaching as Japan, China and Pyongyang, North Korea as well as at the major conservatories including Juilliard, Manhattan, and Mannes Schools of Music. Benedetti is the author of Cello, Bow and You: Putting It All Together, Oxford University Press, released in October 2016 and her article “Playing in a Symphony” was published in Directions, Vol.1 #8. Currently, she teaches privately in New York City and continues to perform. For more information: www.evangelinebenedetti.com

Corinne Cassini is a professionally trained cellist and teaches the Alexander Technique at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University and privately in Boone, NC. She was certified by NeVLAT and ATI in 2009 and 2010 respectively, and following her 3-year training in the Carrington tradition in Amsterdam, spent two additional years at Tommy Thompson’s training course deepening her experience and understanding of the Technique as applied to performing artists. Since 2009 she maintains a seasonal practice in her home town of Angers, France and most recently has started a teacher training course in Boone, NC. www.lightinbeing.com

Jennifer Roig-Francolí offers The Art of Freedom® and Alexander Technique classes in Cincinnati, Ohio and in Japan, helping musicians free themselves from pain, tension, and anxiety so they can do what they love most with greater ease and success. She is a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College‑Conservatory of Music, and is currently expanding her work to help more musicians around the world through the internet. A professional modern and baroque violinist, Ms. Roig-Francolí performs regularly with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, and internationally as a soloist. http://www.artoffreedom.me/

Diane Gaary has a particular interest in how body use affects the speaking and singing voice. She has teacher certification from The American Society of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT) and the Lessac Institute for Voice and Body Training, as well as practitioner certification from the Feldenkrais Guild of North America®. With a BA in Theatre and English from Smith College and an MFA in Acting from The University of Virginia, Diane’s training also includes classical singing, numerous theatrical voice and speech techniques, and speech pathology. She is on the faculty of Temple University and Arcadia University, teaches regularly at Westminster Choir College, and maintains a private studio in Philadelphia. dgaary@aol.com

Bob Lada is a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and teaches at the Boston Conservatory, the Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge, Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies, American Repertory Theater and Harvard Extension School as well as in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He was certified by Tommy Thompson and is a charter member of Alexander Technique International. Bob’s primary background is in athletics and analytics and he has taught workshops throughout the USA and Europe. Currently he is in his third year of Actors Secret training (polyvagal theory, trauma studies, and Carl Stough breath techniques) with Betsy Polatin. www.rllalex.com

Chris Mincer holds a B.M. from Penn State University and an M.M. from Southern Methodist University in guitar performance. In 1996 he earned his teaching certificate from the Brighton Alexander Training Centre under John and Carolyn Nicholls. While living in England he was fortunate to work with a number of first generation teachers. In 2002 he graduated from the Alexander Technique School of New England under Missy Vineyard. He has taught the Alexander Technique at Penn State in the graduate acting program and currently maintains private Alexander practices as well as Suzuki guitar studios in State College and Doylestown, PA. www.chrismincer.com 

Ann Rodiger is the Founder and Director of the Balance Arts Center and the Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program in NYC. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 35 years in academic and private settings around the world. Most recently she has taught at The International Summer Opera Program in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Summer Singing Course in Beveren Belgium, Audition Success in Berlin, and in Antwerp and Istanbul.  Her teacher training program specializes in how to integrate the Alexander Technique principles into a wide range of artforms. She is very interested in bringing the Alexander Technique community together around specific artistic activities and has produced and co-produced Freedom to Act, Freedom to Move, and The Act of Writing conferences.  www.balanceartscenter.com

Ariel Weiss has coached singers and instrumentalists at The Curtis Institute of Music since 1999 and has maintained a private practice in Philadelphia since 1988. Additionally, she trains teachers at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique and teaches biannually for The Well Balanced Pianist. Certified by the Fertmans and Alexander Technique International, her teaching is greatly influenced by her extensive studies with Master Teacher Marjorie Barstow and her lifelong training as a dancer and choreographer. Ariel taught at the Santa Fe Opera in 2016 and was featured demonstrating the Technique in a 2009 Action 6 TV News  segment on Health and Wellness. www.atphila.com.