Our team has combined techniques and concepts from multiple physical disciplines to create a library of over 200 unique exercises, stretches, and mobility practices designed specifically for the singing body.
Does your current bodywork reflect the needs of your singing?
Each exercise program we create is individualized around your current physical capabilities and limitations. Personalized programs are designed to be equipment-free and form-focused, strengthening the muscles of posture and respiration using only body-weight exercises. Remember, form follows functions.
Many singers have a fear of creating too much tension within their body, and rightfully so! Often, singers begin a workout program that is too advanced or not specific enough. This approach to exercise is what subjects the vocal tract to excessive tension and potential harm.
If you’re looking to improve physically, you will experience tension. When used correctly, it stresses the body to adapt and recover stronger. So, are your workouts tension-appropriate?
An oasis in the chaos of incessant noise and too much movement. Cairo is NYC on steroids. From 6 a.m. until 3 a.m. the next day, horns blare; Cairo is a buzz and should rightfully be deemed the city that never sleeps. 2 hours was the time that it took to inch 15 miles by taxi from explorations in Zamalek, an affluent Egyptian district, to "New Cairo" where I am lodging.
In an attempt to combat the overcrowding of 9 million+ people, "New Cairo" was commissioned and is expected to be completed by 2030. But what happens to present Cairo? The Cairo renowned the world over for its history? No one is sure. Abandoned buildings will dominate what is now present-day Cairo but one thing will remain unchanged. The 500,000 individuals living in The City of the Dead (a sprawling "town" where the living have made homes in tombs and mausoleums) won't be granted stays in the abandoned buildings of 2030's yester-year. For them, life will continue as is--living in coexistence with the dead. A glorious past, and an interestingly uncertain future....odd.
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#BxOConsul Cast Spotlight: the Foreign Woman
Left to right, portraying the Foreign Woman are Miriam Chaudoir [1/13 & 1/18] and Leslie Swanson [1/12 & 1/19]
Leslie Swanson is a long-time performer in the NY metropolitan area. She has brought to life such characters as Regina (Regina), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), Flora (La traviata) and Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro) with BxO. With Hudson Lyric Opera, she has performed Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) and Georgette (Il tabarro). On the concert stage, she has been a guest soloist with Collegium Westchester and The Orchestra of The Bronx. A lover of the dramatic arts, Ms. Swanson has also performed several leading roles in theater and musical comedy, including Bloody Mary in South Pacific with LEHMAN STAGES, and Hermia in Dead Man’s Cell Phone with the Outrageous Fortune Company. An avid recitalist, she has performed in the US and Mexico. Earlier, she was an accomplished oboist, and in that capacity founded and administered the Renaissance Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Swanson did her undergraduate work at Hofstra University and her graduate studies at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music and at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Praised for her crystaline coloratura and appealing silvery tone, soprano Miriam Chaudoir is in growing demand as a concert, operatic, and chamber music artist. Recent and upcoming engagements include her debut as Musetta in La bohème; the role of Female Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at LIDAL NORTH - OSLO in Norway; soprano soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria and Haydn's Kleine Orgelmesse; and a recital of Strauß and Rachmaninoff lieder with the City Concert Society. Ms. Chaudoir completed a master's degree in Vocal Performance at The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. A native of Wisconsin, Ms. Chaudoir earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Lawrence University and spent a year in Vienna, Austria studying voice and German. Currently, Ms Chaudoir continues her vocal studies with Amy Shoremount-Obra.