Workshops

To schedule a workshop for your school, studio or group, please contact me.

2019 Workshops

January 5 – Brookline A Capella

  • Private workshop for choir members

 

January 11 – Speakeasy Cooperative

  • Private workshop for SECO members

 

April 9  – Wheaton College

  • Private workshop for the voice department

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“Since the workshops, numerous students have commented on recalling and applying exercises learned from Sarah that helped them focus their breathing, and consequently their thoughts before and during performances and oral presentations.”

— Susan E., Conductor

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…pretty much all of the singers who come in are tense in some way, and this workshop has given me some ways to disarm it fast — it can make a noticeable difference quickly!

– Eden Casteel President RI NATS, Soprano, Voice Teacher

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2018 Workshops

November 7 – New England Conservatory

  • Private Workshop for the Voice Pedagogy Department

 

November 4  – Rhode Island

  • Private Workshop for Casteel Voice Studio

 

October 28 – South Shore Conservatory

  • Workshop for voice faculty

 

March 18 – Alignment and the Voice

  • Public Workshop at Roots & Wings, Natick, MA

 

February 10 – Boston NATS Song Fest

  • Workshop for Songfest participants

 

January 21 – Rhode Island NATS

  • Workshop for RI Nats members and students

 

What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Core

Do you want to teach singers about their ability to ‘support’ their sound but find that what works in your body doesn’t translate to others?  Have the ways you’ve tried to explain it get singer’s tied up in knots? What is ‘appoggio’ anyway?

The typical information in vocal pedagogy books never addresses the interconnections across the body and how they impact vocal production. Some people have told you to feel a bearing down resistance. You’ve observed some singers bulge out in the epigastrium. You watch your students brace as they onset the sound, where it looks like the ribs and belly are locked. You’ve heard about the transverse abdominus, but it’s unclear how it really impacts the voice.

The deep layer of the Functional Reflexive Core (FRC) forms the foundation of an easily produced voice that singer’s can control and finesse. However, when we look at the modern singer’s body, we quickly see that the FRC is just snoozing away, not connected and responsive to breath, let alone movement and singing.

Join me for this 3 hour workshop where we will look at the connections that run throughout the core of the body from throat to pelvic floor and move in ways that address alignment, upper body tension, breathing and waking up the deep layer of the functional reflexive core to build coordination and function.

Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, all other props will be provided by the studio.

 

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