My thirty years of teaching are influenced by a lifetime of performing in a wide range of styles and my training and continued studies in the Feldenkrais Method. I am fortunate to have had outstanding teachers—such as—Virginia Zeani, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, and Thomas Binkley—who encouraged my exploration of different vocal styles. Singing in a breadth of repertory to include medieval chant, German lieder, opera, and new music, peaked my curiosity into how I could learn to adapt my voice to produce an array of tones and colors. I wanted to make it more conscious. And, when I met up with the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, I discovered that, like movement, the voice's response to imagination could produce endless options. I began to find and develop a deeper and finer sense of what my singing feels like. And, this led to my feeling more confident and "in the moment" on stage. I now enjoy sharing this process of integrating and embodying vocal technique with singers in a range of styles and invite you to try a lesson or attend one of my classes. ___ Karen Clark
Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) Learn from the medieval mystic's original neumatic notation, embody your singing, and give voice to her "surpassingly sweet melodies." The first class was July 12. We learned Hildegard von Bingen's Antiphon for Divine Love: Karitas Habundat, an Awareness Through Movement Lesson focused on Breathing, a journal writing exercise, and lots of singing.
The next two classes are on July 26, and August 2, 2pm - 5pm and are open to new participants. Click to Download Flyer
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® for Singers with Karen R. Clark at The Works in Berkeley
Mondays, 6 - 7:15pm through 2014. Download Flyer
Experience how your whole body coordinates to inform the healthy use of your voice. This class offers an inspiring introduction to Awareness Through Movement® lessons that will help you: increase your vocal range and stamina. manage stress and performance anxiety, and enjoy yourself— your voice— more fully! Beginner, Amateur, or Professional. Teenage and Adult.
"Since my lessons with Karen I have been hearing differently and have a newfound awareness of the physical behavior of my throat and chest. I will never think of singing in the same way again!" Laura Steenberge, DMA, Stanford University
"Karen Clark is one of the few voice teachers alive today who is a true expert in both physical voice technique and early music. Her expertise in medieval music, particularly Hildegard's music, is a treasure! Karen is accessible, kind, and passionate about her field, and her love of the music shines through in her teaching and guiding of her students. She understands how to do research using original sources (manuscripts) and holds these scholarly pursuits as an important value.
Her values in performance practice, along with her expertise and passion for this subject, make her an incredible resource for singers hoping to bring medieval music to life."
Katina Mitchell, soprano
USC Thornton School of Music