THE SINGING BODY™
Sunday, July 8, 2018, 3:30 pm
Upper West Side, New York, NY
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THE SINGING BODY™ Workshop, specifically for singers, focuses on the physicality of singing. Learn how to bring more vitality and freedom into your singing by freeing the body. Dynamic coaching by an outstanding bodyworker who is also a holistic vocal coach, Richard Gordon, will make this an experience that makes a lasting impression. He uses his well-studied background in Feldenkrais, Alexander and other bodywork and movement modalities, along with his innate intuitive skills and understanding of anatomy, to support the singer in finding freedom with their singing. Elena Greco brings her holistic approach to healing to singing, as well, and will present ways to be fully present in the body, even in the face of performance anxiety, and bring a relaxed, focused mind and energetic physical presence to singing. Everyone will have an opportunity to sing and to receive coaching (if desired).
I have worked with Richard Gordon for over sixteen years—longer than any voice teacher. I feel I have learned more from him about singing than anyone. To put it succinctly, most teachers just address what happens from the neck up, but Richard has taught me how the whole body is involved in singing, without ever crossing the line of interfering with technique. He is remarkably empathetic, with a sixth sense for where areas of tension or blockage are occurring. He keeps textbooks of anatomy on his piano, and refers to them constantly, which I find extremely helpful. I could add more—his skill at the keyboard, depth of knowledge of languages—but what really sets him apart is his uncanny sense of what needs to be released in the body for optimal singing and expression. I always walk out of a session with him singing better than when I came in, even if I am exhausted, under the weather, or even coming straight from the dentist!
~ Charlotte Detrick, soprano
|Richard Gordon. Originally from Wyoming, Richard’s diverse musical career has ranged from conducting and coaching opera in the Alaskan tundra to performing solo piano concerts in the jungles of Africa. As conductor/accompanist he toured with Met diva Patrice Munsel and film star Jane Powell, and he has accompanied many of opera’s luminaries. His associations with opera companies include Ecuador’s Teatro Nacional Sucre, Anchorage Opera, Washington (D.C.) Opera, New Orleans Opera, Pusan (Korea) Grand Opera, St. Louis Opera and Chautauqua Opera. Equally at home in musical theater, he has conducted national tours and has been associated with Goodspeed Opera, Playwrights Horizons and Phillip Glass Ensemble, and with many well-known popular singers such as Audra McDonald, Kevin Kline, David Cassidy and Linda Ronstadt. He has served on the faculties of the University of Liberia (Africa), Southern Methodist University and the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. As guest artist, he has conducted performances or led masterclasses in body awareness for singers at Westminster Choir College, Shenyang Conservatory (China) and Dalien Music Conservatory (China), among other institutions. Adept at bodywork and possessing an uncanny understanding of vocal anatomy and function, in addition to his mastery of vocal literature, Richard is an outstanding holistic vocal coach. As a coach-accompanist, Richard has a special gift for bringing out the very best in singers and instrumentalists.|
|Elena Greco. Elena is a singer, writer, producer/director and integrative holistic coach with a lifelong commitment to promoting the power and flow of creativity in all of us. As a coach, she offers transformational work that promotes mental and physical health and creative freedom. Her primary creative focus is producing multimedia projects through EGMP that entertain, educate and enliven, and on facilitating groups that simultaneously educate and heal. To further her intention to bring healing through music, Elena hosts THE MUSIC SALON™ monthly to provide a haven for creative artists to share their art among colleagues and receive support in their creative process. An opera singer and specialist in Spanish art song, she is equally at home in cabaret and musical theater.|
For more information, please email Elena Greco.
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For more information, please email Elena Greco.