Alexander Technique & Voice Teachers
Ann Rodiger is the founder and director of the Balance Arts Center and the Balance Arts Center Teacher Training Course. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique and movement for over 30 years in academic and private settings. She is skilled in Labanotation, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Yoga, meditation, and various dance techniques. She maintains private practices in New York City, Berlin and Antwerp. She is the creator and producer of the Freedom to Move, Freedom to Play and co-creator of the Freedom to Act conferences. She has recently published a book, "How To Sit: Your Body at Work".
She has taught at summer vocal workshops in Berlin, Antwerp (Belgium), Tel Aviv, and Orlando.
She is a member of the American Society of the Alexander Technique and served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. She is a regular presenter at AmSAT annual conferences and serves on several committees of the Society.
Ann holds a Certification from the Urbana Center in the AT approved by the American Society of Alexander Technique. She also holds a Masters Degree in Dance and Movement Analysis from The Ohio State University and a Bachelors Degree with Honors from the University of Oregon.
Audrey Luna is grateful to have a career singing, teaching voice and Alexander Technique. She currently teaches at Miami University, has taught Alexander Technique, Voice and Vocal Chamber Music on faculty at SongFest, Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, The Grandin Festival, The Schmidt Institute, Savannah Choral/Vocal Institute and given masterclasses across the US, Canada and Europe. She has mentored her students to win competitions and hold young artist positions such as: The Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards, New York Oratorio Society, NATSAA Competitions, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Ravinia Festival, Chanticleer, as well as singing in opera houses nationally and internationally.
Since her Amsat certification in 2013, she has been teaching AT workshops, classes and private lessons largely focusing on singing and vocal function. Ms. Luna has performed in prominent venues such as Salzburger Festspiel, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Ludwigsburg Schloss Festival, Mettlach Chamber Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Jerusalem Festival, Shanghai International Spring Festival, Lexington Bach Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Konzerthaus Wien, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Queens Hall, Bach Akademie, the Louvre, St. John the Divine and The Kennedy Center.
Ms. Luna’s career began in Germany singing dozens of opera roles as a fest soloist in Bremen and as a guest soloist throughout Germany. Critics claim that she is, “musically and theatrically first class...with technical sovereignty, she laid before us so much warmth, expression, and sensitivity that it was pure joy.” Ms. Luna can be heard on the Bonneville Classics, Oehms Classics, and arsmoderna labels.
Matthew Patrick Morris
Matthew Patrick Morris (mpm) believes that each of us is inextricably linked with the world around us, and that by shifting the way we pay attention to that world, we can find the deep inner beauty, truth, and peace that has been waiting both outside and inside of us all along. His quest to find, live, create, and share that deep inner beauty, truth, and peace has drawn labyrinthine lines through traditional professions and art forms. One constant is that there is always music, play, and movement (mpm).
His professions include actor, singer, model, writer, director, choreographer, artistic director, administrator, producer, and teacher. His art forms include film, television, physical theater, musical theater, concert, opera, movement, and the Alexander Technique. As Le Monde in Paris declared, “you really want to hear him in either an opera or a musical. He has a big presence, a warm baritone voice, immense humanity, and the gift of an actor.”
Matthew created training programs for singers at SongFest as Associate Artistic Director and at Juilliard and Nord Anglia’s high school summer voice programme as Lead Artist Faculty. He has also led the opera workshop at Brooklyn College and co-taught the Professional Development Workshop at Bard College Conservatory. He is currently studying to be an Alexander Technique Teacher at the Balance Arts Center with Ann Rodiger. BM voice (Juilliard) and MM vocal arts (Bard College Conservatory).
Shelby Rhoades currently resides as Principal Coach and Director of Emerging Artists Program at Virginia Opera.
She will return to Charlottesville Opera for her 11th season as Principal Coach and Director of the Young Artist Program.
Before joining Virginia Opera, she was a member of the Vocal Arts Faculty at The Juilliard School from 2008-2013.
Other previous engagements include the Aspen Music Festival Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, as well as various festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest and Commonwealth of VA.
Ms. Rhoades is active in preparing singers for premieres by composers including Matt Aucoin, Nico Muhly, and Jake Heggie. She has worked with renowned singers such as Lawrence Brownlee, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Isabel Leonard, and Sarah Brightman.
American pianist Kayo Iwama has concertized extensively with singers such as Kendra Colton, William Hite, Rufus Müller, Christòpheren Nomura, Lucy Shelton and Dawn Upshaw throughout North America, Europe and Japan and has performed in many prestigous venues including the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Morgan Library, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the Kennedy Center, Tokyo’s Yamaha Hall and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The Washington Post has called her a pianist “with unusual skill and sensitivty to the music and the singer” and the Boston Globe has praised her “virtuoso accompaniment…super-saturated with gorgeuos colors”.
In September of 2006 she became the associate director of the innovative Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, working in tandem with the artistic director, the internationally acclaimed American soprano Dawn Upshaw. She has been a faculty member of Songfest, New England Conservatory, and Boston Conversatory, and for over two decades taught at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she also served as the coordinator of the Vocal Studies Program. In addition, Miss Iwama has served on the music staffs of the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Miss Iwama can be heard on CD on the Well-Tempered label, with baritone Christópheren Nomura in Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, two ISMM discs devoted to French mélodies and the songs of Schumann with tenor Ingul Ivan Oak, and on the recently released The Reckless Heart with soprano Kendra Colton, a collection of 20th century American and Birtish song. She will also be heard on an upcoming CD with Miss Colton in the vocal music of John Harbison, honoring the composer’s 80th birthday. She is married to pianist Frank Corliss and has two children.
Maestro Steven M. Crawford is among the most versatile musicians on the classical scene today. He has conducted in opera companies and orchestras around the United States, has accompanied the worlds finest singers, and is in the top tier of coaches in the opera world.
Maestro Crawford will return this season to KY Opera to conduct Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied. His past conducting engagements include performances with the Metropolitan Opera (La Boheme, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Faust and Madama Butterfly), Cincinnati Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Syracuse Opera, Kentucky Opera, Dayton Opera, Nevada Opera, Chelsea Opera and Opera Idaho. He has also conducted a number of world and NYC premieres, including A Chekhov Trilogy by Richard Wargo, Honor by Christian Mcleer, and the Mark of Cain by Matthew Harris. His positions (past and present) include principal conductor of the Greater Miami Opera, principal conduc- tor of Land of Enchantment Opera, and principal conductor/artistic advisor of Opera Idaho. He has been engaged as conductor by the New World Symphony as well as cover to Kurt Mazur with the New York Philharmonic.
An active accompanist, Maestro Crawford has performed in recital with Håkan Hagegåard, Ortrun Wenkel, Sue Patchell, Mallory Walker, and many others. He has worked extensively as a coach with Sherrill Milnes, Tom Krause, and Aprile Milo.
A long-time proponent of training both singers and instrumentalists, Maestro Crawford has been Music Director of Land of Enchantment Opera, is senior coach for the Vann Vocal Institute, and has conducted the New York premieres of Henry Mollicone’s Lady- bird and Kitty Braselton’s Fireworks for Hunter College. He has conducted at University of Illinois, Portland State University and Prelude to Performance, and in 2009 he spear- headed the training of instrumentalists for the Bel Canto institute of Firenze, IT, a program to which he will return in the summer of 2019.
Alexander Technique Teachers
He teaches The Alexander Technique at The Balance Arts Center. He serves as a Member-at-Large on the American Society of Alexander Technique Board of Directors. Jay has assisted on the BAC Teacher Training Course since 2016 and worked as the webmaster for The Balance Arts Center since 2010. Jay is especially interested in working with artists and musicians navigating pain and anyone interested in thinking and moving in a coordinated way.
As a professional bassist, he has performed on Broadway’s “Hamilton”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Waitress” and “The Band’s Visit”. As producer and sideman, he has performed, recorded and toured with many of America's finest songwriters.
Jill Usdan was born and raised in New York City where she began acting professionally at the age of five. After graduating from Barnard College of Columbia University as a theatre major and recipient of the Kenneth Janes Theatre Prize, Jill pursued her passion for acting in her home town, which led her to the Alexander Technique. She immediately fell in love with the technique for the freedom of movement it gave her both on and off stage. In addition to graduating from the BAC training course, she has studied extensively with June Ekman, Jean Louis Rodrigue, Kristoff Conrad and Caren Bayer. Jill thrives in her other artistic identities beyond teaching the Alexander Technique: she has freelanced as a photographer, specializing in Off-Broadway production and publicity photos that have been published in The New York Times, on Playbill.com, VillageVoice.com, and other publications. Jill is also a singer-songwriter. Her EP "Numbers" can be found on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.com.