Frances Conover Fitch

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Instrument: Harpsichord and Organ 
 
B.A., cum laude, Bard College
M.M., The New England Conservatory of Music
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.francesconoverfitch.com
 
Contact: frances.fitch@gmail.com

Frances Conover Fitch is a harpsichord and organ soloist and a “delightfully inventive and compelling” continuo player. She teaches at Tufts University and The New England Conservatory and maintains a private studio in the Boston area where she also teaches Body Mapping. She is Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn and a Member of the Corporation of the Boston Early Music Festival.

Ms Fitch has been a student of the Alexander Technique since the 1970′s, finding in it an awareness crucial to her life as a performer. In recent years, she has been delighted to learn and now teach the powerful insights of Body Mapping helping other musicians to play with greater ease, expressivity, freedom, and comfort.

Ms. Fitch performs with numerous American early music ensembles and has participated in major music festivals, including Tanglewood, and Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg). Among many recordings are a solo disk on Wildboar and a 2-CD release of music of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre.

Frances Fitch was on the faculty of the Longy School of Music for nearly three decades, teaching harpsichord, organ, chamber music, figured bass improvisation, and bibliographic research. She served as Chair of the Early Music department and as Acting Academic Dean. In 2006, Longy awarded her the George Seaman Award for Excellence in the Art of Teaching.

As a visiting professor at Wellesley College and East Carolina University, Ms. Fitch performed, coached ensembles, and gave group and private lessons in harpsichord, performance practice, and figured bass. In 2012-13, Ms. Fitch was a full-time Guest Professor in the Performing Arts division of Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan. With Jack Ashworth of the University of Louisville, she is co-author of the figured bass workbook, Running the Numbers.

Ms Fitch’s teachers were Gustav Leonhardt, Yuko Hayashi, John Gibbons, and Veronica Hampe. At the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, she served as continuo player for student recitals and master classes.

A recent project with The Newberry Consort, Celestial Sirens, has produced several concerts in Chicago and Cleveland featuring vocal, instrumental and keyboard works by and for women from 17th-century Italy and Mexico. The broadcasts of this program by American Public Radio have joined Ms. Fitch’s list of radio recordings by national stations of numerous European countries, from the United Kingdom to Austria and Spain.

 

Jill Dreeben

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Instrument: Flute
 
B.A., Music, Cornell University, 1983
M.M., Flute Performance, New England   Conservatory of Music, 1987
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2013
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.jilldreeben.com
 
Contact: dreeben@comcast.net

Jill Dreeben has performed in numerous solo and chamber music concerts throughout New England. She is a founding member of Solar Winds Woodwind Quintet, is a member of Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble and performs in the Dreeben/Clemente flute and guitar duo. She has worked with groups including the Lumen Contemporary Ensemble, Composers in RedSneakers, the Boston Secession and others through the Brandeis Music and Women’s Studies departments.
 

She is a champion of new music, performing works by composers John Armstrong, Ruth Lomon, Dana Maiben, Pasquale Tassone, Betsy Schramm, James Ricci and most recently two new works, “Monhegan Suite” for flute and guitar by John Kusiak in 2012, and “Twenty Four” for flute and piano by Jonathan Ragonese premiered in May 2014.
 

She has played with the New England Orchestra of Lowell, MA and Emmanuel Music of Boston.
 

Jill Dreeben is also a Licensed Body Mapping Educator; she teaches the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body” as well as giving private Body Mapping lessons and workshops. Currently she teaches flute at Brandeis University and maintains a private studio in Arlington, MA.
 

Recordings include the new CD Monhegan Suite and other Musical Journeys for Flute and Guitar with guitarist Peter Clemente as well as The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by John Kusiak and Peter and the Wolf for woodwind quintet and narrator with Solar Winds Quintet.

 

Doug Johnson

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Instrument: Piano
 
M.M, New England Conservatory
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2013

 
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.dougjohnsonpiano.com
 
Contact: djohnson1@berklee.edu

Doug Johnson is a pianist and an educator, and is Associate Professor of Piano at the Berklee College of Music.
 

Doug has performed or recorded with Esperanza Spalding, Luciana Souza, Phil Woods, Terry Lynne Carrington, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, Ingrid Jensen, Jason Palmer, Marty Erlich, the Jazz Composer’s Alliance, and Grace Kelly. Doug has performed in London (Ronnie Scotts), Paris, Berlin (A-Train), Vienna (Jazzland, Porgy and Bess, Joe Zawinul’s Birdland), Madrid, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Warsaw, Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles and New York (Dizzys Club Coca Cola, Jazz Standard, Birdland); also Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival.
 

As an educator, Doug has done workshops and masterclasses at the University of Vienna, the Vienna Music Institute, the Krakow Jazz Academy, the Freiburg Rock and Jazz Hochschule, and the American Society of Alexander Technique Teachers, (AmSAT) National Convention. He also has upcoming presentations at the Performing Arts Medicine Association National Conference (PAMA), Wellesley College, and the University of Vienna.
 

Doug is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator (Body Mapping Certification) and a founding member of the Berklee Performance Wellness Institute. M.M from the New England Conservatory.

 

Vanessa Mulvey

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Instrument: Flute
 
B.M., Crane School of Music at the State University     of New York in Potsdam
M.M., College-Conservatory of Music of the   University of Cincinnati
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2009
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.breathemoveperform.com
 
Contact: vanessa@breathemoveperform.com

Uncovering the intimate relationship between the best musical expression and movement is Vanessa Breault Mulvey’s mission. A Licensed Body Mapping Educator, she utilizes Body Mapping along with experience in Pilates, Feldenkrais, flying trapeze, and restorative exercise to guide musicians to uncover their expressive voice as they eliminate playing limitation and pain.
 

In 2012 she founded Flying Flutistas with Lynne Krayer-Luke. The duo recognized the trapeze rig was the perfect place to analyze the learning process, learn more about how the body is designed to move, and find real-world strategies for dealing with fear. The Flutistas perform and create music that reaches beyond what audiences expect from two classically-trained flutists. Read more at www.flyingflutistas.com.
 

Ms. Mulvey has presented workshops around the world for musicians. Venues include: New England Conservatory, SUNY Purchase Double Reed Day, British Isles Music Festival, Trevor Wye’s Boston Master Classes, Harvard University, National Association for Music Education Conferences, and Boston Flute Academy. In addition to working with musicians, she has a special interest in applying Body Mapping to fitness. She is developing a playful movement workshop for musicians to restore energy through movement, and co-teaches an anatomy-infused Pilates class. Ms. Mulvey is on the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she teaches a popular Body Mapping course and the Poised Performer Workshop.

 

Lea Pearson

Location: Newburyport, Massachusetts
Instrument: Flute
 
B.A., Music and Psychology, Hampshire College
M.A., Performance Practice, Stanford University
D.M.A., The Ohio State University
Fulbright Scholar, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki,   Finland, 1998
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 1998
Author, Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute   Teacher Needs to Know about the Body (GIA   Publications, 2006)
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.musicminuspain.com
 
Contact: leapearson@mac.com

Lea Pearson embraces a teaching philosophy that empowers musicians to discover meaningful solutions for improving sound, technique, breathing and ease of playing. She enjoys making complex topics understandable and exciting for musicians of all ages and levels. Working with music educators is a favorite passion; Dr. Pearson also teaches regularly at colleges and universities, master classes, flute festivals, conferences, music schools, and military bands in Europe and the United States. She also offers private lessons in person and by web-cam.

Dr. Pearson’s book, Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute Teacher Needs to Know About the Body, was the first instrument-specific book in the Body Mapping books series. It has been praised by teachers and students alike, is being used in classes around the world, and has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. As a performer, Dr. Pearson specializes in music of women composers, and is Artistic Director of the UUNIVERSE! Chamber Series in Columbus, OH.

Her collegiate teaching experience includes Hillsdale, Heidelberg, Centre, and Spring Arbor Colleges and The Ohio State University.  She teaches regularly at Wildacres Flute Retreat, and has taught on Summerflute and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Dr. Pearson is the chair of the Performance Health Care Committee of the National Flute Association.

 
 

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
 
Website: www.thepoisedguitarist.com
 
Contact: jerald@thepoisedguitarist.com

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 where 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, New England Conservatory, and as a panelist and guest clinician for the Longy School of Music Mind-Body Program.

 
 

Jenni Cook

Location: New Hampshire
Instrument: Voice
B.M., Bradley University
M.M., University of Illinois
D.M.A., University of Illinois
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2011
 
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Contact: Jenni.Cook@unh.edu

Jenni Cook, an Illinois native, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Bradley University and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois. Prior to her appointment as Associate Professor of Music at the University of New Hampshire, Professor Cook served as adjunct voice faculty at Millikin University, Eureka College, and Bradley University. Dr. Cook also enjoys an active performing career and has sung operas, oratorios, and recitals across the United States and abroad in Germany and Austria. She just began her 11th year at UNH where she teaches voice, diction, vocal pedagogy, and honors Introduction to Music.

In February of 2011 Dr. Cook completed her licensure as a teacher of Body Mapping with the Association for Body Mapping Education. Professor Cook looks forward to giving presentations and master classes on preventing injury and promoting facility for musicians in the future.

Dr. Cook has recorded two CDs: Six Women and Live at McLean Chapel. The latter is available for online purchase at Amazon.com. Jenni Cook lives in Nottingham, NH with her husband, Eric, and their two children, Ross and Lili.

 

Susan Wilkes

Location: New Hampshire
Instrument: Flute
 
B.A., Music Education and teaching certificate in   Special Education, Westfield State College
M.M., Conducting, U.Mass Lowell
M.A., Health Arts and Sciences, Goddard College
Flautist (CMP), Music for Therapeutic Healing and   Transition Program.
Certified health coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Children's yoga specialist (95 Hour), ChildLight YogaI
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2018
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Contact: musicldy66@aol.com

Making music empowers our health and wellbeing; our wellbeing and overall health empowers our abilities to make music alone and with others.
 

The realization of this relationship allows us to both open to how music affects us as listeners and how we can better make music with the freedom in our body awareness through movement.

 
 

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
 
Website: www.heatherjbuchanan.com
 
Contact: HeatherJBuchanan@outlook.com

Australian-born conductor Heather J. Buchanan, Ph.D., is currently Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University (MSU), New Jersey, 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
 
Website: www.janprokop.com
 
Contact: jan@janprokop.com

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 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, 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, 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.

 
 

James Blumer

Location: New York
 
Instrument: Violin
 
B.M., Violin Performance, Montclair State University
M.M., Violin Performance, Ithaca College
Additional studies at the Universität für Musik und   darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria
SAA Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher (Books 1-10)
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2014
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.jamesblumer.com
 
Contact: jblumerviolin@gmail.com

James is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, violin teacher, and a freelance violinist based in the NY metro area. He serves on the faculties of the Elizabeth Faidley Studio, Diller-Quaile School of Music, and John J. Cali School of Music Prep Center for the Arts. His violin students have gone on to win numerous competitions and perform as soloists with orchestras.
 

As a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, James is sought-after as a clinician on the benefits of Body Mapping in performance and pedagogy. Frequently, he offers Body Mapping lessons and workshops to inform musicians on how understanding the body’s natural design can improve movement, leading to increased technical and musical abilities as well as injury prevention. James also serves on the board of the Association for Body Mapping Education.
 

James completed performance studies at Montclair State University, the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria, and Ithaca College. While at Ithaca, he also completed long-term Suzuki training with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. James is currently undergoing the three-year teacher training program at the American Center for the Alexander Technique.

Notable influences include: Boris Kucharsky, Susan Waterbury, Jennifer Johnson, Sylvia-Elisabeth Viertel, and Weigang Li. James has performed in master classes with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Cho-Liang Lin, the Shanghai Quartet, Mark Fewer, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and Judith Ingolfsson.

 

Bailey Paugh

Location: Rochester, New York
 
Instrument: Trumpet
 
B.M., Trumpet Performance, Eastman School of   Music
M.M., Trumpet Performance, Portland State   University
Licensed Body Mapping Educator 2019
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Contact: baileyapaugh@gmail.com
 
 

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
Returning presenter at The Hartt School of Music   Summerterm
Guest presenter at state, national and international   conferences
Recently published: "Piano Moves! a spiral curriculum of   lessons for piano studio teachers"
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Website: www.allsensepress.com
Contact: kayshooper@allsensepress.com

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”.

Claire Stefani

Location: New York, New York and Paris, France
 
Instrument: Violin/Viola

Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2020
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: https://www.voluteservice.com
 
Contact: claire@voluteservice.com

Claire Stefani is the founder of Volute Service International, an active interface between music instrument/accessory makers and orchestral string instrument players and teachers. Claire’s profound interest in movement efficiency started during an international field hockey career in her native France and deepened with through avid amateur chamber music playing. Discovering Body Mapping in 2013 has allowed Claire to better assist well over 1000 musicians in North America and Europe, with a particular interest in optimizing upper string players’ chin/shoulder rest set-up. 

 

Claire is also an active member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association. In 2019, Claire’s French translation of Jennifer Johnson’s second book “Teaching Body Mapping to children” was published by  Editions Vandevelde.

 

Jane Murray

Location: Jamestown, Rhode Island
Instrument: Oboe
 
B.Mus., in Oboe Performance
M.Mus., in Music Education
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2015
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Website: www.janeoboe.com
Contact: ehdamore@gmail.com

Jane Murray is frequently recognized by the Providence Journal for her “beguiling” English horn solos with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Long a champion of oboe d’amore and English horn, she has premiered several new works for the “deeper oboes”, and was recipient in 2012 of a RI State Council for the Arts Grant for a series of concerts of music for English horn and organ performed in several of the area’s magnificent churches.
 

She also is an accomplished oboist, and performs regularly with several New England area orchestras and choruses, in the pit for Broadway tours, and with the wind quintet Northeast Chamber Ensemble, who were the recipients of a Continental Harmony Grant from the NEA, resulting in a series of concerts in collaboration with Gospel choirs on both coasts.

She is a devoted pedagogue, training oboists of all ages, and is on the faculty of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, St Georges School, Salve Regina University and the University of Rhode Island, where she teaches Oboe and Pedagogy. She served on the faculty of the Vermont Youth Orchestras Summer program, and was the artistic director of the Northeast Quintet Camp.
 

She has performed as soloist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Ocean State Chamber Orchestra and “Concerts on the Island” Chamber Orchestras, and was the featured oboist at the Newport Music Festival from 1993-2003. She also appeared at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in 1995 and 2008, and at Vermont’s Reveille Festival from 2011-2014.

She is thrilled to be a member of the Body Mapping community and looks forward to helping musicians and others in Southern New England to move well and avoid injury!

 
 
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