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. Actress and renowned vocal coach Sara Bakker and 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. This module is taught by the remarkable New York-based cellist, singer, composer, song-writer and teacher Marika Hughes.
Gesture, posture, motion – they all communicate. Harness the power of what meets the eye to enhance what meets the ear. In 2019 we will welcome back 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).
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.
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.
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.