Affiliation: University of Redlands
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
Title: How Body Mapping Can Improve Gesture and Vocal Production: An Approach for Conductors
Abstract: Designed to address common tension habits of conductors, this body mapping presentation will focus on the anatomy of free breathing and movement through lecture, discussion and group activities. Attendees will explore how, when we move in accordance with our anatomy, our gesture and performances gain a depth of expression that is communicated directly to our ensemble, and in turn, our audiences.
Biography: Jennifer Johnson played as principal second violinist of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and second violin of the Atlantic String Quartet from 1993-2004.
After a playing-related injury in 2004, Jennifer studied the Alexander Technique and trained and licensed in Body Mapping with Founder Barbara Conable. Jennifer now gives workshops internationally, teaching musicians to move according to the design of their bodies to address and prevent playing injuries.
Jennifer has presented Body Mapping workshops to orchestras, festivals, conferences and music schools including the New York Philharmonic’s Zarin Mehta Fellowship Program, The Finnish National Opera, The Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival. Jennifer was a keynote speaker at the Australian String Teachers’ Association 2015 Conference. She teaches ongoing workshops and lessons at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Jennifer has written two books on Body Mapping: What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Body and Teaching Body Mapping to Children.