Alexander Technique & Voice Teachers
Matt Cahill 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Lobaugh is a freelance pianist currently living in New York City where he maintains a private vocal coaching studio. Matthew began training at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) with B.M. degrees in both Piano and Vocal Performance. He worked toward both the M.M. in Collaborative Piano from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati, OH) and the Artist Diploma in Opera Coaching. A graduate of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera, his professional operatic credits include the music staffs of Minnesota Opera (Chorus Master), Virginia Opera (Chorus Master), Cincinnati Opera (Assistant Conductor) and in recital with the Florida Grand Opera. Locally, Matthew is the Music Director for Anthony Lacuria's New York Dramatic Voices. He has also served as Music Director for City-Wide Youth Opera and Opera Breve and been on the music staff for Loft Opera NYC and Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. Matthew is also featured on the companion CD to the Menotti Arias for Soprano Anthology, published by Hal Leonard (2008).
Performer and pedagogue LeAnn Overton currently serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. Ms. Overton has also taught on the faculties of C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the Chautauqua Voice School. As music director/coach, Ms. Overton has worked for several opera companies and summer festivals including Lingua e Canto in Italy, Midsummer Music Dream in Canada, Oberlin in Italy, Vocal Arts Festival of Colorado Springs, Cincinnati Opera, and Tulsa Opera.
As stage director for undergraduate opera workshop at Montclair State University, Ms. Overton created “I Speak Gelato …Scenes from the Italian Repertoire,” “From Stories We Love…” “Behind the Scenes Opera Scenes,” “Upbeat to the Downbeat,” and “Brush up your Shakespeare.”
Recognizing the need for recent graduates to have a safe place to gain more stage experience, she recently formed “Respiro Opera, NYC” a training program focusing on breath/body, movement, text and music. (See www.RespiroOperaNYC.org for more information.)
Ms. Overton has collaborated with colleague soprano Karen Driscoll on two one acts “Before Breakfast” and “La voix humaine.” During her tenure at LIU, Ms Overton frequently collaborated with soprano Lisa Radakovich Holsberg. The two recorded the CD Race for the Sky featuring the poetry found in the makeshift memorials after the disastrous events of 9/11/1001 with music by Richard Pearson Thomas (see www.raceforthesky.org).
Ms. Overton has worked for the Metropolitan Opera as title caller since 2000.
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.
Alexander Technique & Acting Teacher
Lindy Rogers is a New York City actress living in Brooklyn. After attending West Virginia University as a Theater Major, her focus became studying The Method in NYC. Considered to be psychological acting, this method was developed by Lee Strasberg. For over 14 years she has studied with Tony Greco, who was trained by Strasberg to continue teaching his pedagogy. Strasberg developed his method based on the work begun by Konstantin Stanislavsky and continued by Yevgeny Vakhtangov to create a System for training actors.
Currently, Lindy is a 3rd year Alexander Teacher in Training and is due to complete her 1600 hours in the Fall of 2019.
Alexander Technique Teachers
Thomas Baird is a 2009 graduate of the Balance Arts Center, Ann Rodiger, director. He is a professional dancer who specializes in historical dance forms, and has taught ballet for many years. He teaches the Alexander Technique in the Dance Division at the Juilliard School, and Movement Styles, as well as the AT at SUNY Purchase in the Dance, Opera and Music Divisions. He has also taught AT classes for the Tokyo Baroque Dance Society in Japan. He has assisted on the BAC Teacher Training course for four years, and has presented several times at the Freedom to Move, Freedom to Play and Sing, and Freedom to Write conferences presented by the BAC. He maintains a private AT practice in NYC and at his home in Norwalk, CT.
Tracy is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique Teacher. She trained at the Balance Arts Center under Ann Rodiger. Alexander Technique: Private Practice, BAC Teacher Training, Opera Intensive in Antwerp (Assistant to Ann Rodiger), American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Movement, Physical Theater, AT). Arts EDU: LEAP, ASTEP, The Public Shakespeare Initiative, The Modern Shakespeare Project. Education: Columbia University (B.A.)
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.
Alice is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique Teacher. She trained and certified under the direction of Ann Rodiger at the Balance Arts Center. Currently, Alice teaches both private and group AT sessions in multiple locations in New York City and Southern Maine, including the Balance Arts Center (NY), Movement Research (NY), and Rosemont Wellness Center (ME). She enjoys working with a wide range of communities including performing artists and people with EDS/HSD. Alice is involved in the dance community as a performer, collaborator and teaching artist in both New York and Maine.
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.