The start of the summer was busy one for me. On June 1st I gave a lecture/demonstration about the Alexander Technique and trumpet playing at the International Trumpet Guild conference at the University of Massachusetts. It was really nice to hang out with some old friends and make some new friends. I also got to hear some wonderful playing. You can read a review of my talk at:
The next week I was in Saint Paul, Minnesota for the annual American Society for the Alexander Technique annual meeting where I was invited to teach private lessons to the teachers and teaching trainees attending the conference. Again I got to hang out with some old friends and make some new ones. One highlight was meeting my niece’s Alexander teacher, Eileen Troberman, from San Diego. Another high light was having a running lesson with Malcolm Balk who has a new book out called Master the Art of Running, Raising your Performance with the Alexander Technique by Malcolm Balk & Andrew Shields. I would also like to recommend another new book written by a dear friend, Missy Vineyard, How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live.
Then, in July I was once again on the faculty of Northwestern University’s National High School Music Institute and got to work with some very talented students.
My summer finished on a high note as I share the Alexander Technique with the singers as an instructor at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia.