Monday, July 15 (7:30-9:30pm)
Tuesday, July 16 (9:30-12:30pm; 2:00-5:00pm; 7:30-9:30pm)
Wednesday, July 17 (9:30-12:30pm; 1:30-3:30pm)
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Center, Balance, and Focus Your Self, Your Singing, and Your Teaching
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Enjoy a learning retreat designed for singers, teachers, and choral conductors in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York! Ithaca College voice professor Carol McAmis and UMass Amherst music education professor Stephen Paparo combine their 35+ years of experience with the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education to offer a fresh perspective on building the imaginary instrument that is the singing voice. This two and a half day workshop explores the Feldenkrais Method® and its applications to teaching and learning how to sing. The workshop offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a serene and supportive environment while learning fresh approaches to enhance your singing and teaching. You will experience several full-length Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons as well as many shorter lessons that can be easily incorporated into practice sessions, lessons, or choral rehearsals. In addition, you will learn valuable and practical applications of the science of singing as well as engaging games that develop technical and artistic singing skills.
Dates and Times:
Monday, July 15 (7:30-9:30pm)
Tuesday, July 16 (9:30-12:30pm, 2:00-5:00pm, 7:30-9:30pm)
Wednesday, July 17 (9:30-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm)
Housing and Meals: $175 (includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals)
The Inner Light Lodge at Light on the Hill is a uniquely designed facility with large windows overlooking a sweeping view of rolling hills and meadows. It houses up to 30 people-18 single rooms, 3 rooms each with both a double and single bed, and one room with a double bed. The simple rooms have excellent soundproofing with a large window in each overlooking the beautiful grounds. Four bathrooms with a total of 8 showers and 10 toilets are a short walk down one of the halls.
Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner on 7/16 and breakfast and lunch on 7/17. All meals are gourmet vegetarian with many vegan options, and are organic wherever possible. Meals are prepared on the premises. Please inform us of your dietary restrictions, if any, on the registration form.
Commuter fee: $95 (includes facility fee and 3 meals)
Meals include lunch and dinner on 7/16 and lunch on 7/17. All meals are gourmet vegetarian with many vegan options, and are organic wherever possible. Meals are prepared on the premises. Please inform us of your dietary restrictions, if any, on the registration form.
Registration and Cancellation Policies:
To register, click on the “Register Now” button. Fill out and submit the online registration form. A $100 deposit may be paid in-advance to reserve your place; the remainder of the balance must be paid in full by the start of the workshop on 7/15. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Full payment in advance is also welcome. Send your check (made payable to The MultiDimensional Singer) to the following address: 17 Tioga Terrace, Albany, NY 12208.
Refunds are available (minus a $50 processing fee) before July 8th (one week prior). No refund is available if you cancel after July 8th, or if you arrive late or leave early for any reason.
Professional Development Hours:
Fifteen (15) hours of professional development credit is available at no extra cost. Certificate of participation is available upon request in advance.
Soprano Carol McAmis has been a member of the Ithaca College voice faculty since 1979. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from University of Kansas. A Guild Certified Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education, Professor McAmis is a pioneer in the field of holistic voice training. She has presented workshops on using the Feldenkrais Method in the voice studio both nationally and internationally for such groups as the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Opera America, the New York State School Music Association, the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America, the University of Minnesota, Syracuse University, the Irish World Music Center, the National Flute Conference and the National Trombone Conference, and the West Point Military Band.
Her special area of interest is the living body as a musical instrument and developing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual skills for artistic performance. Her publications include articles for Sensibility, the public newsletter of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America and for Voiceprints, the online journal of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association. She is the inventor of The Singer’s PlayBox TM, a collection of innovative games and other activities for developing singing and artistic skills, currently in use in voice studios, public and private schools throughout the United States. She is currently at work on two books: The Singer’s Quick Start Guide to Singing Well, and FlowerSongsTM: Using Flower Essences to Enhance the Singing Voice.
Stephen A. Paparo in Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts the University Chorale. Paparo holds degrees from Michigan State University (Ph.D.), Syracuse University (M.M.), and Ithaca College (B.M.), and specializes in choral music education. He is a Guild Certified Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education and incorporates this body awareness technique in choral rehearsals to develop healthy and resonant singing. As a former public school teacher, Paparo taught junior and senior high school choral music for ten years in New Hartford, NY and earned National Board Certification in 2003. Paparo is active as a guest conductor and clinician. He regularly presents at state, national, and international conferences and is published in Music Education Research, Michigan Music Educator, and Massachusetts Music News. Paparo is Student Activities Chair for the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association.