WEST REGION

 
 

Cathy Allen

Location: TBA, California
Instrument: Cello
Education Info coming soon!
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: TBA
 
Contact: TBA
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Bio coming soon!

Nicholle Andrews

Location: Redlands, California
Instrument: Choral Conductor
B.Mus., Memorial Univerity of Newfoundland
B.Mus.Ed., Memorial Univerity of Newfoundland
M.Mus., McGill University
D.Mus., McGill University
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2020
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.redlands.edu/study/schools-and-centers/school-of-music/about-the-school/faculty-and-administration/nicholle-andrews/
 
Contact: nicholle_andrews@redlands.edu
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Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Andrews is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands. Under her direction, the choral ensembles have been invited to perform at festivals and conferences such as the National Collegiate Choral Organization Convention, California Music Educators Association Convention, California All State Music Educators Conference, Choral Canada’s Podium, and Festival 500 Sharing the Voices. She is in high demand across North America as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.
 

Andrews is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, and her areas of research include the study of performance anxiety in musicians, pitch perception, and awareness of the body through conducting. Her publications can be found in sources such as the Journal of Research in Music Education.
 

Andrews has worked with composers Imant Raminsh, R. Murray Schafer, Alcides Lanza, Krzysztof Penderecki, William Bolcom, Joan Tower, Libby Larsen, Christopher Theofanidis, and Gunther Schuller, and eminent conductors Bramwell Tovey, Sir David Willcocks, Bobby McFerrin, Tõnu Kaljuste, Robert Sund, Frieder Bernius, Georg Tintner, Lydia Adams, and Jon Washburn.
 

Having completed her doctorate and master’s in choral conducting at McGill University, Andrews studied with Professor Iwan Edwards, Dr. John Baboukis, and Dr. Julian Wachner. While at McGill University, she taught musicianship, instrumental conducting, and choral conducting. She completed a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance and a Bachelor of Music Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she studied conducting with Dr. Douglas Dunsmore.
 

Andrews has also taught music in several public schools (kindergarten to grade 12) throughout Canada and England.

 

Ruth Kasckow

Location: California
Instrument: Flute
B.A., Music, Goucher College
M.F.A, Flute Performance, California Institute of the   Arts
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2010
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.flutemuse.com
 
Contact: rkasckow@flutemuse.com
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Ruth Kasckow is a flutist and flute teacher working in the Los Angeles area. She teaches privately out of her home studio in the Pasadena area. She enjoys performing with chamber music groups and giving solo recitals, as well as freelancing with local orchestras.
 

Ruth is also involved with Suzuki Flute as a member of the Pasadena Suzuki Music Group. She has released two CDs: French Impressions for Flute and German Expressions for Flute. She has published two flute duet method books: The Flute Duet Practice Book--Book 1 and The Flute Duet Practice Book--Book 2, as well as a flute quartet, Chinese Folk Song Suite.
 

Ruth is dedicated to promoting a healthy approach to music performance through teaching body mapping. Her easy- going manner and straightforward presentation of body mapping concepts encourages students to explore their movement and make changes for free, expressive, and pain-free playing. Her workshops and individual lessons are tailored for the specific needs of professional musicians, music educators and music students.

 

Amy Likar

Location: Orinda, California
Instrument: Flute
B.M., Performance and Music Education, Kent State   University
M.M. and D.M.A., Flute Performance, The Ohio State   University
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 1998
AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, 2002
Director of Training and Sponsoring Teacher, Body   Mapping Educators®, 2006
Author of "The Breathing Book for Flutists" (Mountain   Peak Music)
Editor/narrator of the DVD Move Well, Avoid   Injury (Andover Productions)
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.amylikar.com
 
Contact: amy@amylikar.com
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Amy Likar began her career as a flutist and became fascinated with performance health and wellness through her own recovery from stress-related injuries.  She has since integrated her expertise in Alexander Technique and Body Mapping into her flute teaching, chamber music coaching, and master class teaching. By developing students’ physical ease, presence, and confidence, she helps them reach their musical potential.

 

As the Director of Training for the Association for Body Mapping Education, Amy Likar has trained, licensed and mentored over 40 professionals. These educators are now teaching in their own private studios and in institutions such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Amsterdam Conservatoire, Columbus State University, and Oberlin Conservatory.

 

Likar serves on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College of California as instructor of flute and is a teaching artist mentor for the Oakland Symphony’s award-winning Music for Excellence program.  With a focus on supporting and building community and music learning for diverse student populations, Amy’s teaching integrates musical learning with whole body awareness.

 

A member of the Oakland Symphony, Amy has also performed as a freelance musician with Opera Parallèle, West Edge Opera, the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet. Highlights of her performance career include a critically acclaimed premiere of Martin Rokeach’s Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra, in addition to the premieres of solo and chamber works by Valerie Coleman, Michael Stephens, Donald Sloan and Daniel Felsenfeld.

 

As a guest artist, Likar presents recitals, workshops and masterclasses. Residencies often integrate workshops for students and faculty across music, dance and theater departments.  

 

She is a Verne Q. Powell Performing Artist and available for custom clinics and residencies.

Rena Urso

Location: California
Instrument: Flute
B.M., Wayne State University
M.M., California State University, Long Beach
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2013
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.renaurso.com
 
Contact: RenaMarieUrso@gmail.com
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Rena Urso enjoys a flourishing career as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician all over California. In addition to being on the faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach and California State University Stanislaus, she is the Second Flutist of the Oakland Symphony and the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra. She previously held Piccolo positions and toured extensively with the New York City Opera National Company and San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater.

Rena performs frequently with many of the orchestras throughout California including the San Francisco Opera, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Monterey, Marin, Santa Rosa, Berkeley, Modesto, and California Symphonies, Carmel Bach Festival, and Festival Mozaic. She has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Hawaii Symphony, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

A versatile musician who has recorded for video games, television, radio, and film, Rena has also performed extensively with the National Tours of Wicked and Phantom of the Opera.

As a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, Rena presents workshops and masterclasses all over the world, as well as the course she created at CSULB, Body Mapping for the Performing Artist. Her popular monthly column in The Flute View covers a myriad of topics related to injury prevention and musician wellness. Rena will be completing her 200-hour RYT yoga teacher certification and meditation teacher certification in Summer 2021.

During the unusual time of COVID, Rena participated in many virtual performance and teaching collaborations including a new book for the piccolo, "Practice with the Experts; Piccolo Edition," the wildly popular weekly workshops, Practice the Piccolo, and a regular occurring workshop with fellow LBME Amy Likar, "Crafting the Beautiful Etude." This is a workshop focusing on use of Self as it applies to the study and performance of standard flute etudes. This fall, the dynamic new online International Piccolo Academy will launch. This extraordinary new resource will contain performance and instructional videos as well as a variety of other helpful tools by some of the finest piccolo players and pedagogues from all over the world. Rena is delighted to be a part of exciting and unique adventure for the piccolo, as a teaching and performing artist, with contributions focusing on Body Mapping for piccolo players. An active member of the National Flute Association, Rena has served as an adjudicator for various competitions and performed at many of the annual conventions including those in Chicago, Las Vegas, Nashville, Anaheim, Minneapolis, Orlando, as well as next August in Dallas.

Rena is a Course Coordinator for California State University Summer Arts with her biennial flute course, The Complete 21st Century Flutist, taking place again in July 2021 at California State University Fresno. She has been a guest artist at the Iowa Flute and Piccolo Intensive summer courses and is a frequent guest artist at the International Piccolo Festival in Grado, Italy.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Rena received her Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University, and her Master of Music with honors from California State University Long Beach. She is extraordinarily grateful for her mentors; Robert Patrick, Clement Barone Jr., John Barcellona, Anne Zentner, and her father, Santo Urso.

 

 
 

Bonnie Draina

Location: Carbondale, Colorado
Instrument: Voice
B.M., Music, Drew University, Madison, NJ
M.M., Voice Performance and Pedagogy,   Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
D.M.A., Voice Performance and Pedagogy,   University of Colorado
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2009
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.bonniedraina.com
 
Contact: Bonniedraina@gmail.com
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Bonnie Draina’s clear understanding of the challenges facing performing artists, comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy, and engaging presence combine to make her a  popular and effective presenter.  


Bonnie has been teaching Body Mapping since 2002, presenting numerous courses and workshops across North America and in Asia for collegiate music programs and professional groups. She maintains a private studio and has taught studio voice at schools such as Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she also taught vocal pedagogy and played a key role in the  expansion of the Musicians’ Wellness Program.  


As a performing artist, Bonnie has wide-ranging interests. She has appeared in operas, recitals, and choral groups, as well as with marching, jazz, and rock bands, playing instruments ranging from piano to sousaphone. She recently arranged and led the pit band for an Americana/folk music production of The Wizard of Oz.  


In 2019, Mountain Peak Music published Bonnie’s workbook, The Breathing Book for Singers. Her chapter on “Alexander  Technique, Body Mapping and Phonation” will be included in a  vocal textbook to be published by the Korean Association of  Voice for Performing Arts in 2022.

 

Melissa Malde

Location: Colorado
Instrument: Voice
B.A, and B.M., Oberlin
M.M., Northwestern University
Meisterklasse Diploma, Hochschule für Musik in   Munich
D.M.A., Vocal Performance, College-Conservatory   of Music of the University of Cincinnati
Co-author, What Every Singer Needs to Know About   the Body (Plural Publishing, 2008)
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2003
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Contact: melissa.malde@unco.edu
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Melissa teaches voice and vocal pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado. She is an active performer in opera, musical theatre, oratorio, and recital. She has sung with numerous national and international organizations, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony, the Bad Reichenhall Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Opera Colorado, Kentucky Opera, and the Colorado Music Festival.
 

Melissa won a German Academic Exchange grant to study in Germany. Prizes include the Kulturforum Gesangwettbewerb (Munich), the Concerto Competition (Cincinnati), the Brice-Gooter Award (NATSAA), and the Sudler Award and the Farwell award (Chicago).
 

Melissa is a frequent clinician on Body Mapping. She has presented at the Conference of the West Central Region of NATS, the Conference of National Pastoral Musicians, the Multidisciplinary Conference on the Rehabilitation of the Performing Voice, the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities and the National Conference of the College Music Society.

Christina Ebersohl

Location: Denver, Colorado

Instrument: Viola

M.M. in Performance, Lamont School of Music,   Denver, CO  
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2021


Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.christinaebersohl.com
 
Contact: cdebersohl1288@gmail.com
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Violist Christina Ebersohl is widely recognized for performances that combine fearless imagination and warm maturity. Joël Belgique, principal violist of the Oregon Symphony, has praised Christina as amazing and exciting. Her “talent alone is not enough….she’s inspiring.”

Christina has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and acknowledgements, including the Gilman International Study Scholarship, the Debbie Boldrick Music Scholarship, the National Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship, the National Federation of the Blind National Scholarship Program, the Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship through the American Foundation for the Blind, and Portland State University’s Dean’s Award for Excellence and College of the Arts Scholarship. Christina’s charismatic presence also lends to the stage as a lecturer and motivational speaker; most recently, she spoke at the 2017 PDXTalks on perseverance in her talk “How to Change a Lightbulb.” Furthermore, Christina is a respected musicology writer. In 2018, she was named one of the top seven research papers in the world as The Undergraduate Awards’ Regional Winner.

A passionate advocate, Christina mentors young students and educates institutions on music education for those with disabilities. Inspired by her own experiences as a blind musician, she has spoken at the New Music Gathering, the Lamont Colloquium, the Music Library Association, and the College Music Society National Conference on accessibility and opening doors for musicians with disabilities. 

In addition to her performance and advocacy work, Christina is also ABME's first blind Licensed Body Mapping Educator. She works directly with students to develop healthy movement practices to prevent injuries and promote long, sustainable careers. 

Christina studied under Joël Belgique and Kenji Bunch during her undergraduate years, and completed her Masters in Music Performance under the tutelage of Basil Vendryes at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, Colorado. 

Currently, Christina is pursuing her Performance Certificate at Lamont and serves as Editor for the Journal of the American Viola Society.

 
 

Max Mendez

Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Instrument: Voice

Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2020

Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.maxjmendez.net
 
Contact: mjmendez@nic.edu
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Max Mendez is a Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. For the last fifteen years, he has conducted the NIC Cardinal Chorale, Chamber Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Cardinal Voices. Choirs under his direction have performed concerts in Mexico, San Francisco, and at Carnegie Hall.
 

He is an active guest conductor, clinician, presenter, and adjudicator for festivals and workshops internationally, and throughout Idaho and Washington. Max has served as a conductor and musical director for Eastern Washington University, Spokane Civic Theater, and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater. Max is currently the president for the Idaho chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
 

As a performing musician, he has spent the last thirty years as a concert, theater, and opera artist. He has sung to critical success in the Northwest Bach Festival and with the Spokane Symphony and Spokane Opera.

As an opera artist, he has performed with Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera Pacific, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Opera, Opera Idaho, and Inland Northwest Opera. He has performed with many of the finest concert ensembles in the Inland Northwest including the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Walla Walla Symphony, and Mid-Columbia Symphony. His versatility as a singer ranges from opera and oratorio to musical theatre, cabaret, and popular styles. As an ensemble singer, Max has toured China with Kentucky Harmony and the Chuck Nation Band. Max was a founding member and artistic director of Spokane Choral Artists and a proud member of both Male Ensemble Northwest (MEN) and Spokane Kantorei.

 

Max Mendez is a licensed Body Mapping teacher through the Association for Body Mapping Education and has presented workshops and sessions throughout the Northwestern United States and for the Fifth Shenzhen Choral Expo (China).

Shawn L. Copeland

Location: Moscow, Idaho and Seattle, Washington
Instrument: Clarinet
B.M., Performance, Stetson University
M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A., Arts Management, University of Central Florida
D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Certified Teacher Member of Alexander Technique   International
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2016
Performing Artist and Clinician for Buffet Crampon USA
Performing Artist for Gonzalez Reeds
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.atclarinet.com
 
Contact: shawnlcopeland@gmail.com
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Dr. Shawn L. Copeland is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Alexander Technique at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. Passionate about holistic teaching and the inclusion of the body in the creative process, he is an accredited teacher of Alexander Technique and a specialist in Body Mapping. His training in Alexander Technique included Body Mapping at the core of the curriculum. He earned his certification in 2006, after studying with Dr. Marsha Paludan, Robin Gilmore, and Glenna Batson. He continues to apprentice with William Conable, the originator of Body Mapping, incorporating new discoveries from both of their teaching practices. Shawn travels extensively giving presentations, master classes, and workshops at universities and conferences including the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, Idaho Music Educators National Conference, and clarinet festivals at the University of Southern Alabama at Birmingham, University of Southern Mississippi, University of South Texas at Brownsville, and the University of Texas Clarinet Colloquium. He spends his summers teaching at the Stetson University Summer Clarinet Clinic, the Eastern Music Festival (where he is the resident teacher of Alexander Technique and Body Mapping), and Freedom and Ease of Movement, an Alexander Technique residential workshop in Spokane, Washington. He is the author of the upcoming publication "What Every Clarinetist Needs to Know About the Body." An advocate for new music and an avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of TOSCA Duo, Relevents Wind Quintet, and Hammers & Reeds Trio. He is the principal clarinetist of the Washington/Idaho Symphony and has served as the auxiliary and principal clarinetist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra, the Novus Chamber Ensemble, and Southern Winds. Dr. Copeland is a performing artist and clinician for Buffet Crampon USA and Gonzalez Reeds.

 
 

Stephen Caplan

Location: Nevada
Instrument: Oboe
 
B.M., Northwestern University
M.M., D.M.A., The University of Michigan
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2004
Body Mapping Educator Sponsoring Teacher, 2013
Additional study with Barbara Conable, Ray Still,   Arnold Jacobs and Marcel Moyse
Author, Oboemotions; What Every Oboe Player   Needs to Know About the Body, (GIA Publications   2009)
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Website: www.oboemotions.com
Contact: stephen.caplan@unlv.edu
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Dr. Stephen Caplan is Professor of Oboe at the University of Nevada Las Vegas as well as Principal Oboist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Sierra Winds, and is an Artist for the Buffet Group. His solo recording, A Tree In Your Ear, features a wide variety of musical styles, including a performance with frogs and coyotes! Caplan has also worked with many of classical music’s leading musicians, such as violinists Hilary Hahn and Itzhak Perlman and singers Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. On the Las Vegas Strip, he has enjoyed accompanying superstars Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Roger Daltry, Gladys Knight, Vanessa Williams, and many others.

Initially attracted to Body Mapping in order to make oboe playing easier, Dr. Caplan now teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on Body Mapping and Music Wellness at UNLV, as well as offering private instruction. He is excited to see how Body Mapping makes performance easier for all musicians, and many of his students have used Body Mapping techniques to overcome severe injury as well. In the summer, Dr. Caplan escapes the desert heat to teach in the Italian Alps at the Orfeo Music Festival.

 

Stephanie Cooke

Location: Oregon
 
Instrument: Piano
M.M., Piano Performance, Portland State   University
B.M., Piano Performance under the study of   Dr. John Pickett
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Contact: stephanie@bodymap.org
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Stephanie Cooke is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator who actively teaches and performs in Portland, Oregon. She is a solo and collaborative pianist and instructor to students of all ages. Stephanie engages in a wide variety of musical genres as a pianist, both locally and internationally. Along with her own classical and jazz piano projects, she has recently recorded and performed all over the United States and the UK with the indie-pop band, The Von Trapps. In addition, she has made guest appearances with the internationally famous band, Pink Martini.

Stephanie has recorded on a number of different albums including but not limited to The Andrew Endres Collective, Piano! Push! Play!, and The Von Trapps. She recently became a Licensed Body Mapping Educator under the study of Professor Lisa Marsh.

Caren Jensen

Location: Oregon
Instrument: Voice
B.A., Music Education with focus on vocal   performance, Oregon State University, Corvallis
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2006
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Contact: carenwgc@aol.com
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Caren Jensen has taught in the Salem-Keizer School District for a number of years and founded the Willamette Girlchoir 18 years ago in Salem, Oregon where she still serves as their Artistic Director. Caren maintains an active voice studio, teaching young developing singers as well as high school, young adults and seniors. She is an active member of MENC, ACDA, and NATS.
 

The primary focus of Caren’s teaching for the past eighteen years has been with developing the “art of singing” in the young voice through her work with children’s choirs. Caren works with young college students as they embark upon their careers as new teachers of music in the areas of management, vocal health for the young voice and beginning theory for children. Caren has studied conducting with Constantina Tsolainou and Dr. Doreen Rao, as well as Kathryn Olson and Ron Jeffers. She has studied vocal health with Leon Thurman of the Voice Care Network in Minneapolis. Her private vocal teachers include: Mrs. Exine Bailey, Marie Peak, Constantina Tsolainou, Ruth Dobson, and Cynthia McGladrey.

Katherine Jun

Location: Oregon
Instrument: Voice
B.M. and M.M., Ewha Womans University   College of Music
M.M., Portland State University
D.M.A., Vocal Performance, University of   Washington
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2006
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Contact: kyongsookrha@hanmail.net
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Katherine teaches Vocal Pedagogy and Voice at Ewha Woman’s University, Yonsei University College of Music in Korea, and Portland Community College. She is a member of NATS, MTNA , and OMTA (Oregon Music Teachers Association). She has translated the following books into Korean: “The Movement and Structure of the Breathing” by Barbara Conable, “How to Learn the Alexander Technique” by Barbara Conable, and “What Every Singer Need to Know about the Body” by Melissa Malde, MaryJean Allen and Kurt-Alexander Zeller.

Anita King

Location: Oregon
Instrument: Piano
D.M.A., Performance and Pedagogy, University   of Iowa
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2000
Alexander Technique International Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, 2003
 
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Contact: aking@willamette.edu
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Anita King performs extensively as solo pianist and chamber musician and has collaborated with internationally renowned artists including clarinetist David Shifrin, cellist Fred Sherry, the Zephyros Wind Quintet, and the Ridge String Quartet. The focus of Anita’s work in recent years has been the intimate connection between musical analysis, interpretation, and movement; she has given presentations and workshops at conferences, music festivals, and universities nationwide. Anita is Professor of Music at Willamette University where she teaches piano, accompanying, chamber music, innovative courses on creativity for the general education curriculum, and a course on the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping for musicians. She is founder and director of the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series.
 

Since 1997, King has been immersed in the field of kinesthetic re-education as it relates to musicians’ health. King began studying with Barbara Conable in the spring of 1998 and became a Licensed Body Mapping Educator in the fall of 2000. She has been a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International since 2003, and for 15 years has been integrating the work of Dorothy Taubman, which provides movement re-education for pianists.

Catherine Lee

Location: Oregon
 
Instrument: Oboe
 
B.M., Oboe Performance, McGill University, 1996
M.M., Oboe Performance, Indiana University, 2001
Performers Diploma, Indiana University, 2002
D. Mus., Oboe Performance, McGill University,   2006
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2009 
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons

Website: www.catherinemlee.com
 
Contact: catmlee@hotmail.com
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A diverse musician, Catherine Lee has performed extensively on the oboe and the English horn as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed with many orchestras including Oregon Symphony, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, l’orchestre symphonique de longueuil, Evansville Philharmonic (IN), and Edmonton Symphony.  In July 2010, her reed trio, the Umbrella Ensemble and dancer Camille Renarhd premiered the site specific work REEDS, composed by Emily Doolittle, at the Sound Symposium (St. John’s, Newfoundland).
 

Catherine has an interest in the role of improvisation in the development of creativity and voice of a performer. She has presented lecture-recitals at The Embodiment of Authority – Perspectives on Performances (Helsinki, Finland), The Performer’s Voice (Singapore), Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium – Improvising Bodies, (Guelph, Canada) and College Music Society (Seattle, WA). Catherine’s doctoral document “The Language of the Oboe Virtuoso in the Late Eighteenth Century” has been published in the IDRS Journal.
 

Catherine became interested in somatics during her graduate studies at Indiana University.  She pursued this interest during her doctoral work at McGill University, completing an independent project entitled "Applications of the Feldenkrais Method for Oboists" and subsequently her comprehensive exams, for which she studied Alexander Technique, Dalcroze Method, and Laban-Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals, among other somatic practices. Upon moving to Portland, Oregon, she was introduced to Body Mapping, and has since had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant to Lisa Marsh at Portland State University and work with Amy Likar and Barbara Conable. Catherine is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator.
 

Principal teachers include Theodore Baskin, Nicholas Daniel, and Normand Forget.

Thomas Mark

Location: Oregon
 
Instrument: Piano
 
A.B., M.A. and Ph.D., Columbia University
Author, What Every Pianist Needs to Know About   the Body (GIA Publications, 2004)
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2000
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons

Website: www.pianomap.com
Contact: tom@pianomap.com
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Thomas Mark studied piano in New York with David Bar-Illan and Jeannette Haien. From 1994 to 1999 he attended the Taubman summer Institute of Piano where he served for three years as a Practice Assistant. He studies the Taubman technique with Robert Durso, and Alexander Technique and Body Mapping with Barbara Conable. He is an adjunct faculty member at Marylhurst University and has served as president of the Lincoln County district of the Oregon Music Teachers Association.
 

He has taught the course What Every Pianist Needs to Know About the Body at various locations in Oregon, New Mexico and North Carolina, and, since its inception, at the Piano Wellness Seminar held each summer at Gardner Webb University. From 1992 until 2001, he was organizer and principal pianist of the Newport Coffee Concerts, a chamber music series in Newport, Oregon. Tom is a resident of Portland, Oregon where he teaches piano and Body Mapping. He is available to teach the course throughout the United States and Canada.

Lisa Ann Marsh

Location: Portland, Oregon
Instrument: Piano
 
B.S., Music and M.M., Piano Performance,   Portland State University
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2004
Body Mapping Educator Sponsoring Teacher, 2010
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Website: www.coordinatemovement.com
Contact: L88marsh@comcast.net
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Lisa Marsh is a member of the adjunct piano faculty at Portland State University. As Director of the Coordinate Movement Program for Pianists at Portland State University, she specializes in retraining injured pianists. Her additional background in somatic education includes 19 years as a Registered Nurse in the fields of Neurosurgery and Emergency Medicine, 8 years of piano technique study at the Taubman Institute of Piano, and 5 years of study of the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping with Barbara Conable. She is also a Body Mapping Educator Sponsoring Teacher.
 

Ms. Marsh is former Principal Keyboard with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and pianist with the Onyx Chamber Ensemble and the Marsh- Titterington Piano Duo.

Cynthia McGladrey

Location: Oregon
Instrument: Voice
 
B.M.E., Portland State University
M.M., in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, University of Oregon
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2005
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Contact: cmcgladrey@comcast.net
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Cynthia is an instructor of studio voice, assistant choral director, director of Handbell Ringers, and teaches Body Mapping for Musicians at George Fox University. She maintains a private vocal studio in Salem, teaching music educators and adult professional students. Cynthia is a choral clinician and vocal adjudicator in high schools, mid-high, and universities throughout the Northwest. She has been on the voice faculty at Oregon State University, Linfield College, Mount Hood Community College and Western Oregon University. Cynthia served as coordinator of music ministries and director of children’s music at Salem First United Methodist Church from 1996-2007.
 

As a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, Cynthia is active in teaching Body Mapping for musicians. She is the instructor of “Body Mapping for Musicians I”, a full curriculum course at George Fox University, offered each fall semester. “Body Mapping for Musicians II” is now offered as well. Cynthia teaches throughout the Northwest in workshops, master classes, choral clinics, and individual sessions. She has been a Body Mapping presenter with the Music Educators Conference, American Choral Directors Association, and National Association of Teachers of Singing. Her emphasis is sharing Body Mapping information with fellow musicians to promote balanced, efficient and free-body movement for music educators and musicians of all ages.

Christine Meadows

Location: Oregon
Instrument: Voice

Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2007
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Contact: meadowsc@pdx.edu
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Mezzo Soprano Christine Meadows has performed as a soloist in concerts and opera throughout the U.S.A. Highlights of her singing career include two seasons at New York City Opera, performances with the Orchestra of Mallorca, Spain, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, numerous American symphonies and opera companies. Since returning to her childhood home in Oregon, she appeared in more than 20 productions with Portland Opera and has been a frequent soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Opera Theater Oregon, and many music organizations across the Northwest.
 

In 2006, Ms. Meadows accepted a position as the Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at Portland State University. She was honored to receive the 2012 Maseeh Award for the outstanding Fine and Performing Arts Faculty Member. Ms. Meadows incorporates “Body Mapping for Singers” into her Vocal Pedagogy course and Applied Voice lessons. She recently gave Body Mapping lectures and master classes at Soochow University in China, Ave Maria University, and Frost School of Music. Many of her students have been competition winners, invited to young artist programs, and have their own careers and singers and teachers.

Pollyanna Hancock Moody

Location: Oregon
Instrument: Voice
 
B.A., The King’s University College
M.M. in Voice Performance, Portland State   University
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2002
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Contact: phancock@mymail.marylhurst.edu
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Pollyanna has been part of the voice faculty at Maryhurst University in Marylhurst, OR since 2002. In addition to teaching voice, vocal pedagogy and conducting the Marylhurst Chamber Singers, she co-teaches the “Body Mapping for Musicians” course with Lisa Marsh. Pollyanna also teaches private voice and Body Mapping lessons out of her home.
 

Pollyanna has been a member and featured soloist with many groups, including Vivace Voices, Fireside Carolers, and the Oregon Repertory Singers. She has also performed in multiple recitals along the western United States and Canada.

Zane Morris

Location: Portland, Oregon
Instrument: Voice
 
B.M., Music Education (Choral Emphasis),   Portland State University
M.S., Performance Science, Royal College of   Music, London, England
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2019
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Website: www.aneducationthatmoves.com
Contact: mr.zane.morris@gmail.com
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Zane Morris is a Music Educator from Portland, OR. He has performed and conducted choirs across America and Internationally. Highlights include leading solo vocal and choir clinics in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and California, performing in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena with the Salvation Army Western Territorial Youth Chorus, and winning the Grand Prix of the 6th Bali International Choir Festival in Bali, Indonesia with the Portland State University Chamber Choir. Zane’s educational focuses are injury prevention and mental/physical health for musicians, and he spends time developing curriculum for fellow educators to also create injury free environments.
 

Zane is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator and also owns his own photography and design studio in SE Portland, OR.

Susan Riggs

Location: Portland, Oregon
Instrument: Piano

B.A., Oberlin College
M.Ed., Creative Arts in Learning, Lesley College
Dalcroze Certification, Longy School of Music

Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2005
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons

Website: www.susanriggs.com
Contact: riggs4@comcast.net
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Susan Riggs puts new students on a secure somatic foundation and helps experienced pianists recover from injury. She teaches “whole body piano,” enlisting student’s kinesthetic awareness to help them understand and play music. She integrates all of her classical and somatic training in her work. In addition to private teaching, Susan offers master classes, is a presenter for Oregon Music Teacher’s Association, and assists in the Coordinate Movement Program at Portland State University.

Desire to recover from injury led Susan to study the Taubman technique. Expanding her inquiry to include Body Mapping has made all the difference in Susan’s success reclaiming and extending her pianism. She also enjoys a new way of being, moving and teaching, with inclusive awareness and ease. Susan loves guiding students to access their own balance and buoyancy in music and in life.  Susan lives in Portland, Oregon, and welcomes students of music and movement.

Sherill Roberts

Location: Oregon
Instrument: Cello
 
B.M. and M.M. in Cello Performance, University of   Wisconsin, Madison
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2009
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.mello-cello.com
 
Contact: shrobert@linfield.edu
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Sherill has recently retired from her positions of principal cellist of the Portland Opera and of teacher at Linfield University, but she still maintains a large studio of cello and body mapping students. Her articles on Body Mapping for cellists have been published in the Oregon Cello Society’s quarterly journal, The Bridge and Bow.

Sherill came to Body Mapping through the Alexander Technique. After having back surgery for a ruptured disc in her 20s, the doctor recommended a second operation for another disc. Instead, she began her study of the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping, and has never had to have another operation. She is committed to helping other cellists play pain-free and fulfill their musical potential through the study of Body Mapping. Sherill is available for cello master classes and workshops, and welcomes private cello students to her studio.

Her principal teachers include Margaret Rowell, Aldo Parisot, and George Neikrug.

Monica Sanders

Location: Portland, Oregon
Instrument: Piano
 
B.A. in Romance Languages, University of Oregon
M.A. in Music, Portland State University
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2005
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
Website: www.sanderspianostudio.com
Contact: monica@sanderspianostudio.com
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Monica Sanders is a pianist, piano teacher, and Licensed Body Mapping Educator in Portland, Oregon. Monica trained with Barbara Conable and Lisa Marsh through the Coordinate  Movement Program at Portland State University. She teaches piano and body mapping for musicians at her studio in Portland. Movement exploration is a daily practice for Monica  through a variety of activities including making music, playing basketball with her family,  playing soccer with her dog, hiking, backpacking, running, and discovering the physical joy in completing simple tasks with inclusive awareness and presence. Together with her students, she helps them discover, maintain, and appreciate their natural balance and awareness, and to develop a repertoire of movement and whole body coordination to serve their music making and other areas of their daily life.

Marieke Schuurs

Location: Oregon
 
Instrument: Voice
 
B.M. and M.F.A., University of California, Irvine
Licensed Body Mapping Educator 2006
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Website: www.cantarevoicestudio.com
 
Contact: marieke@cantarevoicestudio.com
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Marieke is a crossover vocal artist and voice trainer who loves live performances, ah-ha moments, and the intricacies of the mind-body relationship. Through Cantare Voice Studio, her private studio in Eugene, Oregon, she trains singers and speakers. She has performed with Eugene Opera, Willamette Concert Opera, Oregon Bach Festival, and Cascadia Concert Opera, as well as in local classical concerts. Her jazz group, Elegant M, plays throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is currently Managing Director for Cascadia Concert Opera, a non-profit arts organization.
 

Marieke has taught voice at Concordia University in Irvine, Cerritos College in Los Angeles, and Lane Community College in Eugene. She has been Chorus Master for Eugene Opera and has conducted children's’ choirs and church choirs over the years. She started exploring Body Mapping with Barbara Conable in 2002. She now teaches Body Mapping through workshops and in individual sessions. She is continuing her training toward certification in Alexander Technique with Cathy Madden of Seattle, WA. She has been a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing since 1986 and was part of Ms. Ellen Faull’s voice studio in Camas, WA from 2005-2009.

 

Laura Jeon

Location: Washington
Instrument: Piano
 
B.M., Piano Performance, Eastman School of   Music
M.M., Piano Performance, New England   Conservatory
D.M.A., University of Washington School of   Music
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2009
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Contact: pianistlaura@gmail.com
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Laura Jeon is a piano soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher, and also a Licensed Body Mapping Educator. She has studied Body Mapping and the Coordinate Movement Program for Pianists, which specializes in assisting injured pianists. She was a Teaching Assistant of the Coordinate Movement Program for Pianists and Body Mapping classes at Portland State University (OR).
 

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from University of Rochester at Eastman School of Music (NY), her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory (MA), and her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree under the guidance of Dr. Robin McCabe and Theory Certificate under the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Bernard at the University of Washington School of Music. She was the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Howard Hanson Scholarship, the George Eastman Scholarship, Piano Departmental Award (Carol Frank Clement), Highest Performance Award (Charles W. Kennett), New England Conservatory Merit Award, New England Conservatory Collaborative Piano Award, Mortar Board Scholarship, Johnson Memorial Scholarship, and Graduate Teaching Assistantship, and was chosen as Lead Teaching Assistant during her university studies.

Emerson Pirot

Location: Seattle, Washington & San Miguel de   Allende, Mexico
Instrument: Voice
Graduate of the Dick Grove School of Music in Los   Angeles
B.M. in Jazz Studies (piano), Cal State Northridge
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2007
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons

Website: www.emersonpirot.com

 
Contact: ep@emersonpirot.com
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Emerson Pirot is a jazz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with over twenty years of professional performing experience. To heal an injury (tendonitis) that resulted from playing the piano, Emerson began to study the Alexander Technique in the early 1990’s. In 2000, an article by Tom Mark on pianists’ injuries opened her to the world of Body Mapping. These two disciplines ultimately provided the information from which she bases all movement – musical and everything else. The process was one of intense self-investigation, evaluation, and retraining of the physical, mental and emotional elements involved in making music. After six years of private lessons and workshops with Barbara Conable, Amy Likar, Lea Pearson, Tom Mark, Kurt-Alexander Zeller, and others, she became a Licensed Body Mapping Educator in 2007.

Emerson teaches workshops, classes, and private lessons in voice, piano, and Body Mapping from her home studio in the Fremont district of Seattle, WA. She also offers clinics for schools, private studios, and choral groups.

Kerry Travers

Location: Chelan, Washington
Instrument: Violin
 
B.A. in Biological Sciences, California State   University at Sacramento
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2007
25 years as a trained Suzuki Violin Teacher   with extensive training from recognized music   educator
Available for: Workshops, individual lessons
 
Contact: kerry@bodymap.org
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Kerry began studying Body Mapping in 1998 with Barbara Conable because of an injury. During the journey to recovery, as she began including this information in her own teaching to help prevent injury and promote good body use in her students, Kerry realized the great importance of spreading this knowledge to the wider music community. In March 2007, she completed her Body Mapping Educator Certification. She has presented lectures and given courses on Body Mapping across the country including at the 2006 and 2008 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis, Central Washington University School of Music, Japan Seattle International Suzuki Institute, Woods House Conservatory of Music, Boston University School of Music, and the Kairos Lyceum.
 

As a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, Kerry is available to teach the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body,” with a particular emphasis on upper strings. She also teaches a shorter selective introduction to the course. In addition, Kerry works individually with musicians in her private studio and is a frequent clinician teaching Body Mapping to young students and their parents.