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Jerald Harscher

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Instrument: Guitar
M.M., Yale University School of Music
B.M., Guitar Performance and B.A., Composition,   University of Kentucky
Additional study at Royal Conservatory of Music, Madrid,   Spain and College-Conservatory of Music of the   University of Cincinnati
Integrative Somatic Training, 1998 – Mapping Myofascial   Meridians
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2009
Author of the forthcoming book "The Poised Guitarist:   What You Need to Know About Your Body"
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons

For 15 years, guitarist Jerald Harscher has been a pioneer of Somatics-based music training for performance excellence.  He has a history of helping musicians and non-musicians succeed in recovering from use-related pain and injury (including Focal Dystonia).  As an artist and educator, Jerald informs and inspires using the power of example. In his playing and teaching, free and fluid qualities of movement-conscious music-making are valued over confused or disembodied conventional approaches that too often result in pain, injury, and a progressive loss of ability.

Jerald has presented to professionals, students, and faculty at several major institutions, including: Hart School of Music, Yale University School of Music, New York Classical Guitar Society, Boston Classical Guitar Society, Berklee College of Music, Boston GuitarFest, and New England Conservatory. He has also served as a panelist and guest clinician for the Longy School of Music Mind-Body Program.

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Dr. Heather J. Buchanan

Location: Princeton Junction, New Jersey
Instrument: Choral Conductor
B.M.,Music Education, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith   University (Australia)
M.M., Choral Conducting & Music Education, double major with   distinction, Westminster Choir College of Rider University (USA)
Ph.D., University of New England (Australia)
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2002
Co-editor, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vols 1 –3   (GIA)
DVD Evoking Sound: Body Mapping & Gesture Fundamentals (GIA)
"Enhancing Musical Performance Through Somatic Pedagogy: An   introduction to Body Mapping for choral conductors" in Teaching   Music through Performance in Choir, Vol.2. (GIA)
"Body Mapping: Enhancing Voice Performance through Somatic   Pedagogy" in Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (Springer)
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons

Australian-born conductor Heather J. Buchanan, Ph.D., is currently Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University (MSU), NJ, where she conducts choirs ranging in size from 24 to 185 voices. Choirs under her direction have won critical acclaim for their “heartfelt conviction,” “grace and precision,” “vibrant sound,” and for singing with the “crispness and dexterity of a professional choir.” Since January 2005 she has taught Body Mapping at MSU annually in a 3-credit elective course for MSU undergraduate and graduate music majors. Students in this course include singers, conductors, and instrumentalists undertaking studies in music performance, music education, and music therapy.

Her Ph.D. dissertation, "Body Mapping: Self-reflective Views of Student Musicians," was the first published research study in the field of Body Mapping. A qualitative research (action research) design guided by an interpretive framework was used to collect data from undergraduate students and their studio teachers. A typology for how participants could master Body Mapping in performance was used to describe student experiences and learning outcomes. The main findings showed Body Mapping positively impacted most students, revealing enhanced ability for: musical expression, technical development, musical performance ability, self-awareness, self-empowerment, and reduction in performance-related pain symptoms.

A vibrant teacher, dynamic performer, and passionate musicians’ health advocate, Dr. Buchanan is in demand as a guest conductor, somatic educator, and choral clinician in the US and abroad.

Jan Prokop, D.M.

Location: New York, New York & Montclair, New Jersey
Instrument: Voice
B.M.E., Music Education & Performance, University of   Missouri, St. Louis
M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Illinois,   Urbana/Champaign
D.M. with Distinction, Vocal Performance; Minors:   Stage Direction, Voice Therapy, Indiana University,   Bloomington
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2016
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons

Jan Prokop is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Musical Theatre program of the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University NJ, Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology & Surgery at the University of Utah, and a faculty member of Respiro Opera NYC. She maintains an active voice studio in NYC and is co-Founder of Putting It Together, a performance workshop combining voice/body and acting study for music theatre professionals. Her students have appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, Regional theatres and national tours.

Jan works with singers, dancers, actors, voice teachers, music directors, and conductors to develop and insure healthy voice use. As a Singing Voice Specialist, she works with laryngologists and speech therapists in the care and rehabilitation of injured voices.

She has presented workshops at The Singing Voice Science Workshop, The Voice Foundation Symposium, NATS-NYC World Voice Day, NATS Eastern Region Conference, and the NYSTA Professional Development Program, as well as universities throughout the U.S. Formerly on the faculty of CAP/21-Tisch/NYU, Teachers College/Columbia University, she was a founding faculty member of the Actors Studio MFA Program at the New School. She is past-President of NATS-NYC and is a member of NATS National, AATS, The Voice Foundation, the Association for Body Mapping Education, and Actors Equity. Jan has co-authored articles with Johann Sundberg, Tom Cleveland, Tom Murry, and others. She has performed throughout the U.S., Brazil and Europe. Jan received her Doctorate of Music from Indiana University.


Kay S. Hooper

Location: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Instrument: Piano
B.M., Susquehanna University
M.M., Illinois State University
Certified Alexander Technique Teacher through Alexander   Technique International
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2009
Author and publisher of "Sensory Tune-ups: a guided journal   of sensory experiences for performers of all ages" AllSense   Press
Guest presenter at state, national and international   conferences
Recently published: "Piano Moves: A Spiral Curriculum of   Lessons for Piano Studio Teachers" and "Piano Moves: The Student Companion"

Available for: Workshops, individual lessons



Kay S. Hooper travels extensively, presenting clinics and workshops on Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, and sensory integration for musicians. Thanks to decades of teaching students of all ages and stages, Kay has developed a style of teaching that is both informative and joyful, focusing on each student as an individual. Musicians around the world use her unique book, “Sensory Tune-ups: a guided journal of sensory experiences for performers of all ages,” to enhance expression, train attention, and reduce performance anxiety.

Kay is the owner/operator of the Kay S. Hooper Piano and Alexander Technique Studio in Selinsgrove, PA. She is a frequent presenter and guest teacher at colleges and universities, including the Hartt School of Music Summerterm. She has presented her workshop “Ambient Awareness: Training Attention in an ADD World” at the local, state, and international levels. Kay is available to present residencies, workshops, and clinics as well as the six-hour course “What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body”.

Angela Kelly

Angela Kelly

Location: Virginia
Instrument: Flute
B.B.M.E., Indiana University School of Music
 Director of Music, Charlottesville Day School
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2020
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons

Flutist Angela Kelly is an international prizewinner, accomplished soloist, and orchestral player with an extensive list of credits. She was a Bach Aria Fellow and has performed in solo recitals, as well as with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the country. Her recordings include “Conversations: The Music of Gary Schocker” on the Azica label, and “The Holly and the Ivy”, a collaboration with world-renowned Chapman Stick player Greg Howard. She has served on the performance faculty of The University of Virginia and Mary Baldwin College and has been a performer and clinician at numerous national and international conferences including the National Flute Association and the World Harp Congress. Kelly is an award-winning educator who runs the music program at Charlottesville Day School and heads a private studio including more than 30 students in Charlottesville.

A newly licensed Body Mapping Educator, Angela Kelly has had experience teaching Body Mapping workshops at James Madison University and most recently, at the University of Virginia’s 2020 Flute Forum. She has also served as a guest clinician in schools throughout Virginia.

Finding balanced, efficient, graceful movements in practice and performing has become a passion for Angela. She shares her love and work of Body Mapping musicians of all ages, who range in age from 8 to 85!

Michelle Kunz
Washington D.C.
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