Innovative Interactive Singing Workshop Coming to Hardin-Simmons University

Innovative Interactive Singing Workshop Coming to Hardin-Simmons University

By Janlyn Thaxton, HSU Media Relations Coordinator

 

 

 

Associate professor of voice, Dr. Melody Rich, says an innovative workshop coming to Hardin-Simmons University later this month is sure to attract some attention among singers and vocal instructors. Dr. Veera Khare Asher, the creator of Pilates2Voice®, an innovative technique that utilizes Pilates and vocal training, is set to share her expertise with vocal instructors, teachers, singers, and students at Hardin-Simmons University, September 27-28, 2013. {{more}}Her interactive workshop incorporates new knowledge of body works and its impact on the singing performer. Dr. Asher describes the technique as “the lesson before the lesson,” a method crafted to optimize body and mind for the vocal performer. “It is a standalone technique from traditional Pilates in that it uses a new system of exercises focusing on proprioceptive, strength, and conditioning training,” says Asher. “Pilates2Voice® is a method of innervating and optimizing athletic performance of the Voice-Core Connection™ in order to properly control breath management, improve core performance, vocal consistency, strength and health.” She points to a long list of benefits as a result of using the technique that includes vocal resonance, verbal articulation, reduced performance anxiety, and vocal versatility. Both a degreed singer and certified Pilates instructor, Dr. Asher has been a presenter at numerous national and international conferences, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing workshop in Florida in 2012. Dr. Asher earned her Opera degrees at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. In 2009, she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also a certified Pilate’s instructor. The workshop is hosted by the Great Plains Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and is made possible by the Hardin-Simmons University School of Music and a grant from NATS. Schedule: Friday, September 27, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 9:30-12:30 p.m., and 2-5 p.m.Additional information Workshop Cost: Students – $5 Teachers – $10 Private sessions are available: Friday, 10 a.m. – noon, and 1 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: Half-hour – $40.00 Hour, single or duet- $80 Hour for 3 or more- $30 per person Registration deadline is September 23, 2013 To register, send the following information: • Name • Email and phone contacts • School • Teacher’s name if applicable • Desired time for private session • Total amount of fees To: Dr. Melody Rich HSU Associate Professor of Voice GP NATS President 1118 Santos St. Abilene, TX 79605Questions: mrich@hsutx.edu ______________________________________________________________ Pilates2Voice® is a new mind-body technique developed by Dr. Veera Asher, based on her Doctoral dissertation: “Integrating Pilates into the Voice Studio.” This unique and innovative technique integrates Pilates-and-voice training methods. This technique does not negate any other training method, but rather, presents new training and diagnostic tools for clients in their independent practice. With supporting evidence-based medicine, Pilates2Voice® can help to develop a physiology that prevents physical and vocal overuse injury. Dr. Veera Asher is both an active performer and is certified in The D.K. Body Balancing Method® in Pilates Matwork from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was trained and mentored by Dance Medicine Specialist Dolly Kelepecz. The D.K. Body Balancing Method® goes beyond traditional Pilates to incorporate rehabilitative exercises based on physical therapy and other mind-body techniques including The Alexander Technique, the Artforms system, Feldenkrais and Gyrotonics. See WWW.PILATES2VOICE.COM for more information.