FACULTY

 
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Paul Aoki is certified AT teacher, and he has a private practice in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, Japan. He has taught the AT since 2010. He helps many Japanese professional musical artists and teachers in his private practice, and has presented it also at private guitar school. He has used unique approach in teaching the AT. He describes his theoretical ideas about what is human's advantageous use and how it relates to the AT in his blog "Advantageous Intention" (https://advantageousintention.com). He had learned teaching skill from variety of experienced teachers like Jeremy Chance, Rosa Luisa Rossi, Cathy Madden, Sarah Barker, Lucia Walker, Vivien Mackie, Tommy Thompson. He is one of the successful teachers in Japan by living just by teaching the AT (5days/week). His book about the effective use through the AT has been published, and there have been more than 11,000 copies (the best selling book about the AT in 2015-16). The Chinese translated version (in Traditional Chinese) also has been published in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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Pamela Bartlett came to the Alexander Technique as a means of solving a long term struggle with back pain and stiffness related to playing the violin. The benefits of studying the Alexander Technique over the years have gone well past those initial explorations. As a musician, I experienced improvements in overall comfort with the instrument, technical ability, confidence, and even sight-reading. As an amateur visual artist, I am struck by how much the Alexander Technique has to offer anyone involved in a creative process. I consider the Alexander Technique to be the cornerstone of my personal growth. Through this workshop, I want to offer string players some concrete ways to apply their understanding of the Alexander Technique to their home practice. I have been teaching in and around Northampton, Massachusetts since 1995.

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James Brody studied the Alexander Technique with Marjorie Barstow, Barbara and William Conable, Elizabeth and Lucia Walker, and Erika Whittaker (among others), and was teacher certified at The Alexander Foundation. One of his passions is placing music making on a sound somatic basis. Brody created and directs the University of Colorado Musicians’ Wellness Program, a comprehensive approach to the well being of music students. He has taught the Technique throughout the United States and for ten years on William Bennett’s summer flute courses in England. His 24th Annual Summer AT Program will be held on the CU campus in July 2018. As a performing musician, Brody’s oboe playing was praised by the New York Times for its “wonderfully euphonious spirit.” In another life, he is the co-author of the textbook Rock and Roll: an introduction, published by Cengage. His music degrees are from Indiana University and The Ohio State University.

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Jano Cohen completed her teacher training in 1990 at The Alexander School (original name) in Philadelphia and was a founding member and certified to be a teaching member of Alexander Technique International. Jano played the violin and piano for 12 years.  She was concert mistress of her high school and county youth orchestras and played in the All Maryland and All Eastern orchestras.  She stopped playing both instruments to take up dance in college, with only a brief interlude of studying the banjo and African drumming. Over her 27 years of teaching in a private practice she has taught a multitude of musicians of all ages.  She has taught singers and players of the violin, viola, cello, harp, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, flute, piano, and percussion.

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Alex Farkas trained with Shoshana Kaminitz in London. His other principal teachers were Patrick Macdonald, Margaret Goldie and Elisabeth Walker.  Alex is a pianist and also had dance study with Alfredo Corvino.  He is currently on the faculty at Bard College where he has Alexander Technique classes for the students of the Conservatory of Music.  Abroad he is a frequent visiting teacher in the UK, Switzerland, and France.

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Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer is Coordinator and Professor of Voice at Middle Tennessee State University. Her performing credits include professional singing in both the US and Europe. She has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and teaching member of Alexander Technique International since 1997. In addition, Christine has conducted Alexander Technique workshops throughout the Southeastern region of the United States and has been a featured presenter for regional and state meetings of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and National Opera Association. Her article on Alexander Technique and singing was published in the widely distributed Journal of Singing, the publication of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. A subsequent article, Breath, Awareness, and Stillness: Keys to Understanding Alexander Technique and Yoga was printed by Alexander Technique International. She will be presenting her research on Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss and singing which incorporates Alexander Technique in October at the Seventh International Health, Wellness, and Society Conference in Denver, Colorado.

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Jay Foote is an AMSAT-certified Alexander Technique Teacher teaching The Alexander Technique in New York City, where he is an assistant on the Balance Arts Center’s Teacher Training Course and the webmaster for the http://balanceartscenter.com. 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 and on Sara Bareilles’s Tony-nominated “Waitress”. In 2016, he produced Austin Plaine’s second album for Washington Square Records “Stratford”, to be released in spring 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.” You can also hear his bass on the “Good Morning with Charlie Rose” theme song on CBS.

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Diane Gaary has a passionate interest in how mind and body use
affect the speaking and singing voice. She holds teacher certification in the Alexander Technique, The Lessac System of Voice and Body Training, and The FeldenkraisMethod®.  Her training also includes an MFA in Acting, classical singing, numerous theatrical voice and speech techniques, and 2 years of graduate level speech pathology. Diane teaches at Temple University, Arcadia University, and Westminster Choir College. She also maintains a studio for private students in Ardmore, PA.

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Heather Gardner is a Philadelphia and New York City-based soprano and violinist/violist.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Eastman School of Music, a Masters of Music from Rutgers University and is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique instructor through the Balance Arts Center.  She teaches both voice and Alexander Technique in Philadelphia and New York City and is interested in helping her students find greater freedom of choice in their daily lives as well as on the stage.

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Kay S. Hooper is the owner/operator of the Kay S. Hooper Piano and Alexander Technique Studio in Selinsgrove, PA.   In addition to teaching piano students, she works with musicians who want to improve their coordination and recover from repetitive stress injuries. She is an ATI Certified Alexander Technique Teacher and Licensed Andover Educator™  Body Mapping Facilitator. She is also a guest teacher at the Houston School for the Alexander Technique. Recent presentations include Body Mapping for Music Educators for the 2017 Hartt Summerterm and Music Pathways in the Brain for the MTNA 2013 Conference. Her book, Sensory Tune-ups: a guided journal for performers of all ages, has received international acclaim. More information on Kay’s work can be found at www.allsensepress.com

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Yoshimi Ito is the founder of the Integration Piano Method - a piano technique developed through the utilization of the Alexander Technique. After her career as pianist performing in Japan and Germany, as well as after her long journey of searching for better way to play the piano, Yoshimi has become an Alexander Technique instructor, and has given numerous classes and workshops throughout Japan, focusing on using our bodies’ optimum ability. Yoshimi believes that using Alexander Technique, we can all play our instruments with greater ease and greater control of our bodies. Yoshimi is invited to give a masterclass at Saint. Joseph's University, Philadelphia.

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Anne Johnson has taught the Alexander Technique at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music since 2006, helping musicians cultivate new awareness, thus improving their performance skills and preventing injury. She is a 2010 graduate of the Art of Breathing teacher training in New York City. She has maintained a lively private practice teaching individuals and groups in Philadelphia since 1995. Anne is a practicing artist with a BFA in painting (1983). She enjoys singing vintage popular songs with a local Philadelphia band and recorded a CD titled Put the Sun Back in the Sky in 2010. For the last twenty years she has utilized Alexander’s principles in the creative process, facilitating clearer, freer, and more dynamic personal expression for herself and countless students. Anne believes the Alexander Technique is at the heart of everything we do and merges her experience as a teacher and artist with her passion to develop the creative potential in all.

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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.

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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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Clara Sandler, mezzo-soprano, holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and is an ATI certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She trained with Tommy Thompson, Debi Adams and Bob Lada. Clara is on the Voice faculty at Boston College Music Department (since 2006) and at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School (since 1995), where she also teaches Alexander classes for Singers. She has performed in opera, oratorio and recitals. She currently performs with the Boston Arts Consort, which specializes in the music from Spain. She has performed recitals in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Uruguay and in her native Argentina. Her CD “Alma Apasionada, Songs from Spain and Argentina” was released by Newport Classic. Her approach to Voice training and performing is through finding ease and coordination through the whole body to allow the voice to soar. She integrates movement and singing to attain freedom of voice production and expressiveness. www.clarasandler.com

Ariel Weiss has maintained a private practice in Philadelphia since certifying to teach in 1988. In addition to her private practice, Ariel has coached instrumentalists and singers at the Curtis Institute of Music since 1999 and previously taught at the Brind School of Theater at the University of the Arts.  In 2016 she made her teaching debut at Santa Fe Opera, coaching for the Singer Apprentice program, and also developed the Freedom to Make Music Alexander Technique Conference with Ann Rodiger. She is faculty for the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique under Martha Fertman’s direction and  the Well Balanced Pianist and has been guest faculty for training programs in Toronto, Tokyo and Osaka.  Active as a dancer and choreographer for most of her life, she earned her Master’s Degree in Movement and Dance from Wesleyan University and teaches Alexander Technique for West Coast Swing and ice dancers. Ariel has presented at the Freedom to Act conference, the 2105 ATI Annual General Meeting,  at Rounds for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and also presents annually for World Voice Day and Endoscopy Airways Course at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A member of Alexander Technique International and a founding member of Alexander Teachers of Greater Philadelphia, she is inspired daily by her students and her years of  study  with Master Teacher Marjorie Barstow.