Unique to the Heifetz Institute, Communication Training sets us apart from all other summer learning experiences for string players. Personal and artistic transformation take place over the six weeks in these afternoon classes, which are tailor-made to help you unlock and refine your expressive abilities. They also provide a great opportunity to connect with other students.
Speaking in Public
Your opportunity to connect with your audience begins the moment you set foot on stage. Learn 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.
Gesture, posture, motion – they all communicate. Harness the power of what meets the eye to enhance what meets the ear. In 2018 we welcome the dynamic Annabella Lenzu to the Institute, a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 25 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As 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.
Tap in to elective daily physical fitness sessions with personal trainer Phil Lennon throughout the six-week program (See “Fitness” below.)
Struggling with pain or injury? Sign up for a $30, 30-minute session with an in-house licensed physical therapist familiar with musicians’ needs.
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.
We’re expanding one of the most popular aspects of our program for 2018. Every afternoon Phil Lennon, a certified Crossfit Level II Trainer, Underground Strength and Conditioning Coach, will lead elective sessions focusing on body mechanics, conditioning, and maintenance, created especially with string musicians in mind.
Freedom of Expression
Explore and expand your unique expressive potential with two of the Heifetz Institute’s most acclaimed Communication teachers; Drama and improvisation master John Gregorio, or the superb urban acoustic folk-blues artist, Chic Street Man, known for his inspiring ability to transcend barriers.