Developed by Ann Rodiger and Ariel Weiss

Call For Presentations

Dear Colleagues,

We are beginning our plans for the 2018 Freedom to Make Music Conference to be held in NYC March 23, 24 and 25, 2018.

Our conference theme for 2018 will be “Musicians’ Wellness.”  We know that the AT is fundamental to both a musician’s artistry and longevity in their career. We want to help musicians perform at their best, prevent injury and give students the tools to work with themselves to stay healthy. The AT is fundamental to all  musical activities and helpful in approaching their goals as a performing artist.  

Our conference will be organized with workshops for experiential learning and Master Classes for four distinct tracks: Vocalists, Pianists, String Players, and Wind Players as well as cross-over topics applicable to two or more tracks. Our goal is to create a learning community for musicians, AT teachers, trainees and students.

Preventing injury, working with detrimental practice and performance habits, managing performance anxiety as well as a myriad of requirements on and offstage, are all suitable topics for this theme. The idea is that the AT helps musicians learn about accessing their own best functioning and having the agency to continue to improve on their own.

Workshops and Master Classes will have students at all levels of skill and understanding of the AT, from newcomer to trainee. Your material needs to be applicable to all students.  We anticipate that workshops will be 1.5 - 2 hours in length and limited to a maximum of 25 participants. We encourage participatory workshops where students have the opportunity to experiment with the concepts you present.

Deadline for Applications : Sept 15, 2017

Please include the following in your application:

  • Title of presentation

  • Specify which track (or tracks) your presentation is geared towards:

String, Wind, Piano and/or Voice

  • Brief description of your presentation

  • Specify if your presentation will be a Workshop or Master Class format. If offering a Workshop, please include how you will incorporate experiential learning for the group as a whole.

  • 8 - 10 sentence bio with years of teaching and specific experience pertaining to music and musicians

  • Type of participation you expect your presentation to be.  E.g. lecture, demonstration, participation, combination of the above

  • Technical requirements needed for your presentation


Please submit your applications to both Ariel and Ann

Ann Rodiger

Ariel Weiss


We are looking for 1-2 presentations specific to each track, as well as ones that will address two or more tracks together: ie. Breath Support for Voice & Wind tracks combined. We anticipate having room for 8 presenters.

If you would like to discuss your ideas with us or bounce off how to apply your idea to a broad group you are welcome to contact us.

If your proposal is accepted, we will be able to offer you full tuition to the conference.

We expect to get back to you by October 15 regarding your participation.  


All the best to you,

Ariel and Ann