Dr. Nicholle Andrews

Affiliation: University of Redlands
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
TitleHow Body Mapping Can Improve Gesture and Vocal Production: An Approach for Conductors (Session 7); Conducting masterclass 1 (Session 8); Conducting masterclass 2 (Session 9)
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: Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Nicholle Andrews is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands. Under her direction, the choral ensembles at Redlands have been invited to performed at festivals and conferences such as the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) Convention, California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Convention, California All State Music Educators Conference (CASMEC), and Festival 500 Sharing the Voices. She is in high demand across North America as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.

Andrews is currently training as a body mapping clinician (Andover Educator). Her areas of research include the study of performance anxiety in musicians, pitch perception, and awareness of the body through conducting. Her publications can be found in sources such as the Journal of Research in Music Education.