finding the song in your body
learning to embody your song
Learn to move better with the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education. Offering individualized Functional Integration sessions and Awareness Through Movement classes and CDs.
Learn to free the voice through healthy, embodied vocal production grounded in Classical singing techniques.
Days grow shorter, and colder. I sleep later, snuggled warm under my down comforter. Drink more tea, unwittingly participate in a ritual older than time as we reckon it in the western world. The art of making tea. The choosing, the heating of water, the waiting for steeping, for transformation. And just as the flame under the kettle warms the water that joins with the leaf to create a magical combination or warmth and comfort. Of healing and nourishment, I too can be that warmth, that light in the darkness for another.
These are the things I think about at this time of year. A time when we can feel isolated. When the darkness outlasts the light, we tend to turn inward. For some that is a welcome respite from a busy world and the demands we face every day. For others such solitude is loneliness, and isolation. The darkness can be overwhelming...
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” ~ Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
I am part of a group online: "Why I did Feldenkrais today." There are so many answers to this question. For many Feldenkrais is a means to manage chronic pain, inflammation, or ease and flexibility. For me, it's to clear my lens.
I believe that I (my body, spirit, mind, all of it) am the lens through which I perceive the world. When I am in physical or emotional pain, my lens is clouded.
My singers have a ritual when they come for lessons. The tea kettle is turned on, and they make themselves a cuppa. It brews while we warm up, and before long they're happily sipping between exercises. As singers, our bodies are our instruments, and we must learn to maintain them. Voice lessons with me often include tips and suggestions ...
It will be funny, moving, joyful, and completely entertaining
Better yet - free and open to the public. Won't you join us?
As the Heartstone Herbal School "Food Goddess", I've had a LOT of requests for recipes over the years. This is one I've been making each season when the students study the immune system. The stock (veggie or bone based) is infused with herbal magic to fend off the baddies. The soup itself, reminiscent of Thai Tom Kha, is finished with an extra kick that will have the germs running for the hills!
To celebrate 10 years of hard work, dedication, growth, and continued learning, I am offering a 10% discount on Feldenkrais Functional Integration sessions throughout the month of May. Read on to find out how and to book a session online.
Oh, I baked you some almond rosemary shortbread cookies to celebrate too. ;)
Rehearsal for "The Musical Theater Geek's Guide to History" was awesome today! These young men and women sound amazing!!
What's even more satisfying for me is hearing the potential in each and every voice. And rewarding to hear past students coming into their own. Here is Sari Koppel in rehearsal singing "At the Glen" from Dessa Rose.
I do hope you can join us tomorrow to see Sari and many other fantastic singers in person. 3:00 pm at the UU church in Ithaca. For more information: http://www.bodysongcenter.com/#/vocal-studies/
It has been said that art imitates everything from life to bad tv to high school. In our ever-evolving attempt to comprehend and connect to the human experience, we are driven to create.
A few years back, my voice students begged me to let them put on a Cabaret. Not just a recital where they stand there and sing some nice songs, sometimes in Italian. But a true performance where THEY got to choose what to sing and how to put it all together.
They are truly artists. The urge to create and express something overwhelms them. Something deep in their hearts pushes them to perform, to sing, to express this thing about living that can't be expressed otherwise.
"So can we do it? a Cabaret?"
I said, "SURE! You're on." And then, they insisted that they had friends with this same drive. This same desire to learn how to refine their singing to help them tell their stories too. "They needed the help of a teacher like you!" they said.
"But they can't afford it.
Can we create a Scholarship for them?"
Out of the generosity of past and current students emerged the now-annual Body Song Cabaret, a scholarship fundraiser to support students in need. Each year, one student comes to study with me based on the support of this scholarship fund. So far, it hasn't quite been enough to support tuition 100%. But it certainly helps.
Oh my! I knew that there was community support for Flight Voice Studio. But this? I had no idea.
I have been approached by an anonymous donor who will match funds dollar for dollar up to $2k in support of Arts Education through Flight Voice Studio! We have just a few days to pull this off if we are to meet our Sept 1st deadline. Can you help?
Just two weeks after seeking community support to help launch Flight Voice Studio, we have just $200 left to meet our $3000 fundraising goal.
*EDITED to note: as of the time of publication we have MET our $3000 goal! Let's keep going!(read on to follow our progress! Click here to donate now!)
Already, the generous support of this community has allowed me to...
Just $3000 stands in the way of Flight Voice Studio. A place where local youth become deeply aware of their internal voice and allow it to emerge in song.
Can you help?
Every donation, no matter how small, helps further our progress. But for those of you who can give a little more, there are some really juicy perks to express my thanks, and even some that will help you regain your contribution in just over a year. More details...