FREEDOM TO MAKE MUSIC: Alexander Technique Conference for Instrumentalists and Singers

March 31 - April 2, 2017

Developed by Ann Rodiger and Ariel Weiss

Balance Arts Center, 34 W. 28th St. 3rd floor, New York, NY


Free and easy music can be magical and transforming. This conference is designed for performers, teachers and students of music, as well as as Alexander Technique teachers and trainees to come together to explore how helping musicians find freedom helps them to make their best music. We invite you to discover how you, as part of the musical equation, can participate more fully in the musical experience.

The Alexander Technique offers both fundamental and refined concepts and instructions that can help support you in your learning and growth as a musician and performer. It helps build your awareness of “how” you make music so your musical intentions are better realized.

The conference will have general sessions applicable to all musicians as well as sessions for four specific tracks: vocalists, pianists, string and wind players.  Come bring your instruments and make music!


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6:00-6:30 pm  -  Conference Registration Opens

OPENING SESSION: 6:30-7:30 pm

Meeting Your Music With Your Whole Self

Ann Rodiger & Ariel Weiss


7:30-8:00 pm    




SESSION 1: 9:00-10:45 am

A. Healthy Practice Habits    

Ariel Weiss     

B. “How Do They Make It Look So EASY?!!!” The Secret to Mastering Any String Technique With Ease (String Track)

Jennifer Roig-Francolí


 SESSION 2: 11:00 am-12:45 pm

A. Confident Creativity

Corinne Cassini                    

B. Moving Air, Making Music (WIND TRACK)

Ann Rodiger    


LUNCH: 12:45-2:15 pm


SESSION 3: 2:15-4:00 pm

A. Sitting: The First Technique

Evangeline Benedetti

B. Alexander Technique and the Singing Voice

Diane Gaary


SESSION 4: 4:15-6:00 pm

A. Performing Without Anxiety

Bob Lada

B. 12 Commandments for Piano Playing (PIANO TRACK)

Debi Adams



SESSION 5: 9:30-11:15 am

A.Theme and Variations: Breathing Support (VOICE AND WIND TRACKS)           

Kathryn Armour

B. The Use of Our Arms and Hands (PIANO AND STRING TRACKS)

Chris Mincer


BRUNCH: 11:15 am-12:30 pm


SESSION 612:30-2:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Healthy Musicians: Preventing Injury for Optimal Performance

All Presenters


CLOSING SESSION: 2:00-2:30 pm

Taking It With You

Ann Rodiger & Ariel Weiss            


Conference Registration Fee:

By March 1: $240

After March 1: $285

Student (with Current ID)/Trainee:  $225

Single Session: $55

Student (with current ID)/Trainee Single Session:  $45


Full registration includes attendance Friday night and one workshop in each of the 6 sessions.


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Email: info@balanceartscenter.com  

Voicemail: 646-526-6515



Balance Arts Center

34 W. 28th St. 3rd floor

NY, NY 10001