Communication Training is the “special sauce” that sets the Heifetz Institute apart from all other summer learning experiences for string players, and informs every aspect of our program. It strives to empower young performers to perfect their artistry by developing their physical, mental, and emotional range and connecting these with the music they play. They also provide a great opportunity to forge powerful interactions with other Heifetz students.
Speaking in Public
Is your opportunity to connect with your audience begins the moment you set foot on stage. Communication Training director Daniel Pettrow will teach you how to carry yourself and to speak skillfully to engage your audience before you play a note.
Finding Your Voice
If you can’t sing it, you can’t play it. Learn to find your breath and trust your voice – even if you’re not a singer – and pull this communicative power into your playing. In 2020 we will welcome Christina Courtin, NY based singer-songwriter, classically trained violinist, and one of the establishing members of The Knights. Christina is a recipient of the Charles Makish Award, and she released her debut album of self-composed songs for Nonesuch Records in January 2009.
Gesture, posture, motion – they all communicate. Harness the power of what meets the eye to enhance what meets the ear. In 2020 we will welcome back the dynamic Anabella Lenzu to the Institute, a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 25 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. Anabella is the Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama.
Yoga/Wellness for Musicians
The ultimate in self-care for musicians – from what to eat to perform at your peak, to the small, daily habits that lead to long careers.
Integrate what you learn on the yoga mat with your musical studies with violinists and yoga fanatics Melissa White and Elena Urioste, whose Intermission Sessions have been healing and helping musicians nationwide.
In these drama and improvisation classes, you will discover how we connect as human beings and how to use that understanding to bring your audience with you as you perform. Communication Training Director Daniel Pettrow brings his expertise as a New York-based director, actor, and teacher to these invariably eye-opening (and sometimes career-altering) sessions.
Freedom of Expression
Explore and expand your unique expressive potential with one of the Heifetz Institute’s most acclaimed Communication teacher; Drama and improvisation master John Gregorio, known for his inspiring ability to transcend barriers. In 2020 we will also welcome John Heginbotham, a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer, and teacher, to teach Freedom of Expression. John is the founder of Dance Heginbotham, a performance group devoted to the presentation of his dance and theatrical work.
Suffering from performance aches and pains? Every afternoon Phil Lennon, a certified Crossfit Level II Trainer, and Underground Strength and Conditioning Coach, will lead elective sessions focusing on body mechanics, conditioning, and maintenance, created especially with string musicians in mind.