Rhonda Cassano

Location: Jacksonville, Florida
 
Instrument: Flute
B.M.E. Florida State University
M.M. Florida State University
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2010
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.unf.edu/coas/music/Faculty_and_Staff/Rhonda_Cassano.aspx
 
Contact: kempak@comcast.net

Rhonda Cassano has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1979, is currently the flute instructor at the University of North Florida, and has served as flute instructor at Jacksonville University. She is an active recitalist and chamber musician, founder of Sound Effects: Music at MOCA, Synergy Chamber Ensemble, the St. Johns Chamber Players, and the St. Mark’s Bach Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony on numerous occasions. She holds a Master of Music degree from Florida State University where she studied with Charlie DeLaney. In subsequent years she studied with Geoffrey Gilbert, former principal flutist with the Royal Philharmonic under Sir Thomas Beecham, and in master classes with the acclaimed British flutist and former solo flutist with St. Martin in the Fields, William Bennett. In 1987 and 2000, she was a winner of the National Flute Association’s newly published music performer’s competition, and has appeared several times as soloist at the NFA conventions. She was awarded an artist-fellow to the 1989 Bach Aria Festival and has participated in the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and the Colorado Music Festival.

She is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator and teacher of Body Mapping, a system developed to help musicians perform with efficient, graceful, coordinated and effective movement.

 
 
 
 

William L. Johnston 

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Instrument: Viola
B.M., Peabody Institute
M.M., Rice University
D.M.A., Cleveland Institute of Music
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2018
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.williamjohnston.info
 
Contact: william.l.johnston@gmail.com

William Johnston is a violist and Licensed Body Mapping Educator based in Atlanta, GA. Praised for his “richly lyrical tone and expressive playing” (ArtsATL.com), he has performed as a solo and chamber musician across the United States. William is principal violist of The Atlanta Opera and performs regularly with the viola sections of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestra.

A devoted teacher, William has presented masterclasses at the Primrose International Viola Festival and numerous colleges and universities. He maintains a private viola studio in Atlanta, and has served as visiting viola faculty at the University of Florida. He is the Program Coordinator and a faculty member of Franklin Pond Chamber Music, where he coaches chamber music and teaches Body Mapping workshops.

William graduated with performance degrees from the Peabody Institute and Rice University, and is the first violist to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received licensure training in Body Mapping from Jennifer Johnson, and has also worked closely with David Nesmith. In his spare time, William can likely be found applying Body Mapping on the mat at the Aikido Center of Atlanta.

 

Andrée Martin

Location: Columbus, Georgia
Instrument: Flute
D.M.A., SUNY Stony Brook
M.M., University of Ottawa
B.M., Memorial University of Newfoundland
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2014
"Focal Dystonia: My Journey Inward" Flutist Quarterly   2011
"Simple Solutions: Using Baronisms to Enhance Your   Performance" Flutist Quarterly 2005
"A Performance Guide to Jolivet's Chant de Linos" Flute   Talk 2004
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.music.columbusstate.edu/faculty/andree_martin.php
 
Contact: martin_andree@columbusstate.edu

Andrée Martin, professor of flute at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University (GA), has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, and the Prague Spring Festival. She has performed and presented at the Seattle Flute Fair, the Florida State University Flute Day, and the National Flute Association, International Clarinet Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, and American Musicological Society Conventions.

Andrée shares her passion for studying body awareness and movement via her Body Mapping course at the Schwob School of Music, which is also the home of Summerflute, a 5-day course focusing on self-awareness (through Feldenkrais), practical anatomy (through Body Mapping), and the Alexander Technique.

Andrée has performed throughout the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico and Europe and was in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and the Banff Center. She has been published in Flute Talk and The Flutist Quarterly and has premiered works by Earle Brown, Alvin Lucier, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Ralph Shapey, J.M. David, Brian Cherney, David Lang, Perry Goldstein, Daniel Weymouth, Roscoe Mitchell, Petr Kotik and Jackson Mac Low.

A native of Newfoundland, Andrée was the first recipient of the Samuel Baron Memorial Prize and a winner of the Stony Brook Concerto Competition. Funding for her studies with Samuel Baron, Carol Wincenc, Tara O’Connor and Robert Cram came in part from a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Her students have won the Texas Flute Society Masterclass and Orchestral Excerpt Competitions, the MTNA Senior and Young Artist Competition (state divisions), the Atlanta Flute Club Competition, the Mid South College Masterclass and High School Competitions, the Florida Flute Fair Masterclass Competition, and the Artist International Competition. An advocate of international education, she has taught in Paris, Oxford, and Florence.

 

Kurt-Alexander Zeller

Location: Georgia
 
Instrument: Voice
 
B.F.A., Theater and B.M., Voice Performance, Southern   Methodist University
M.M., Voice Performance and D.M.A., Voice   Performance with cognates in Opera Directing and   Musicology, College-Conservatory of Music of the   University of Cincinnati
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2001
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Contact: zellertenor@bodymap.org

Kurt-Alexander has sung professionally since age eight and appeared in opera, music theatre, and concert throughout North America and Europe. He is Director of Opera and Vocal Studies at Clayton State University in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches voice lessons, a three-semester Diction for Singers sequence, and directs the Clayton State Opera. He is particularly interested in the application of Body Mapping to the process of dramatic characterization.

Kurt-Alexander is available to present a variety of Body Mapping experiences for singers, actors, and instrumentalists, including the six-hour “What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body” course as well as shorter presentations and longer workshops. He has given Body Mapping workshops at many universities and at major meetings of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society, International Congress of Voice Teachers, and National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

 
 

Jackie Mcllwain

Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
 
Instrument: Clarinet
 

DM - Florida State University (2010)

MM - Indiana University-Bloomington (2007)

BM - Middle Tennessee State Univ (2005)

Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.usm.edu/faculty-directory/profile.php?id=1936805
 
Contact: drjackiemcilwain@gmail.com

Dr. Jackie McIlwain, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, began teaching at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2013. She enjoys keeping a diverse and active performance schedule with solo recitals, chamber recitals, solo performances, and orchestral concerts. In 2017 Dr. McIlwain became a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, which allows her to teach Body Mapping. This body awareness technique teaches anatomy and physiology of the body and how this knowledge can help us release tension and move more efficiently. Body Mapping was created specifically to help musicians perform with more freedom and ease as well as to aide in injury prevention and recovery.

 
 

Laury Christie

Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Instrument: Voice
 
B.M. University of Michigan
M.A. University of Missouri
Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique 1988
 (Affiliated with ATI)
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2011
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Contact: lchristievaughan@gmail.com

As a classical vocalist, Laury Christie brings to somatic education an extensive international background in opera, concert and recital, and many years of teaching as a tenured Professor and area coordinator of the voice faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Music. She was awarded the highly coveted Innovative Teaching and Research Grant to be trained and certified in the Alexander Technique.
 

She developed the first Alexander Technique course to be integrated into a music program at a major southern university, as well as being the first Alexander Teacher in the state of South Carolina and first Licensed Body Mapping  Educator.

She was fortunate to be trained and certified in the Alexander Technique by Aileen Crow in New York City. Additional studies with some of the world’s other leading teachers include Marjorie Barstow, Barbara Conable, and Alex and Joan Murray. She has presented workshops and master classes in the Midwest and Southeast USA, Italy, and at NATS, VASTA, MENC, and MTNA. She continues to teach Alexander Technique and Body Mapping at the USC School of Music and workshops in the Southeast.

 

Angela Kelly

Location: Virginia
 
Instrument: Flute
 
BB.M.E., Indiana University School of Music
Director of Music, Charlottesville Day School
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2020

 
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Website: www.angelakelly.net
Contact: affluta@gmail.com

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!

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