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
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 1pm to 3pm,
Spring Into Motion: A Workshop Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais at The Works in Berkeley:
2566-C Telegraph Avenue (between Parker & Blake) Cost: $30
This class provides an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method® and an opportunity to find out how Karen R. Clark uses the work of Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® in her voice lessons with students. Dress comfortably.
A Spring Baroque Master Class is presented by Karen R. Clark in Berkeley on Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10AM to 3PM
The Baroque Master Class features singers from Karen R. Clark’s private voice studio who will present songs, arias, and duets by Bach, Handel, and Purcell. The master class runs from 10am to 1:30pm and after a short break a performance begins promptly at 2pm.
Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street. Singers include: sopranos Allison Lloyd Zelles, Amy Stuart Hunn; mezzo sopranos Celeste Winant, Monica Frame, Sally Terris; and countertenor Kwan Wong. Auditors and audience members are welcome to join for either portion of the day for a suggested donation of $20. Seniors/Students/SFEMS members: $15.
For details please download a flyer here.
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® for Singers with Karen R. Clark at The Works in Berkeley
Mondays, 6 - 7:15pm Download Flyer This class continues weekly throughout 2015.
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