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SINGING BODY CLINIC EDUCATION

A MIND OF ITS OWN

Emotion in the Artist's Body

A 4-hour educational intensive focused on the feeling-based aspects of healthy singing, embodiment, and artistry. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

This course is for teachers and students who have an insatiable curiosity about the singing body. This course aims to add physiological knowledge that conventional approaches to vocal technique don't necessarily incorporate. Emotional health and vocal health go hand-in-hand. With this knowledge, we can become better, healthier singers and teachers.

Course Overview

Lecture: The Physiology of Emotions





Practice: Proprioception & Free Association





Lecture: Organs & Psychosomatic Associations





Practice: Embodiment Meditation & Interoception





Practice: Boundaries & Exteroception





Overview & Introductions





Lecture: Body Awareness & Understanding "Ceptions"





Practice: Transcribing Body Awareness & Identifying Your Narrative





Lecture: Neuroception, Safety, & Play





Insights & Perspectives: Jeni Houser, Soprano





Closing Thoughts: Empathy, Connection, & Community






This course will teach you:

  • The difference between psychological feelings and physiological emotions

  • How to categorize different aspects of body-awareness through intuitive, somatic exercises

  • Strategies for working with the singing body through a feeling-based approach

  • The physiology and naturalness of stage fright and performance anxiety

  • Protective, evolutionary-based aspects of human physiology and their impacts on singing

  • The social engagement system and its role in healthy singing and emotional artistry

  • The regulating, healing capacity of the human voice

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COURSE PRESENTERS

JAY COLWELL

Director, Singing Body Clinic

E-RYT 200 | CHC | CEC

As an athletic trainer, E-RYT 200, movement educator, speaker, and health activist, Jay Colwell is molding a new narrative of physical health within the classical vocal industry.  During his time as a coach, athletic trainer, and bodywork practitioner he has coached world-class artists on the rosters of The Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, The Chicago Lyric Opera, LA Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, and others.

JENI HOUSER

Voice Teacher, Singing Body Clinic

Soprano

Opera News lauds Jeni Houser’s performances as “commanding and duplicitous, yet also vulnerable. She has a bright future above the staff.” Ms. Houser has sung on stages from around the globe including The Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Austin Opera, Central City Opera, and Cincinnati Opera, multiple performances with Minnesota Opera, and more.