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Emily Metcalf

In Graduates by jan_mfp

(1957-2008) Was the first professional cellist to study improvisation with David Darling. She was among the pioneer group of musicians whose collaborative experiences shaped Music for People’s training programs in the 1980s. She is remembered as a powerful and sensitive player and a kind and compassionate mentor to others. Her personal example of facing cancer with grace and courage inspired …

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Elizabeth Byrd Webster

In Graduates, Oregon by jan_mfp

Concert and recording artist, teacher, and concert producer, cellist Liz Byrd leads Free-Improvisation workshops, “Improvising Chamber Music”, for classically trained and novice musicians. Founder and member of the performing improvisation group Beyond the Wood, Liz also performs with Symphony of the Americas and with the chamber group, Cantilena.  Liz has been involved with Music For …

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Elaine Lemieux

In Graduates, Illinois by jan_mfp

What a great feeling of freedom and creativity one has when hearing one’s own singing voice in a vibrant room! For as long as she can remember, Elaine Lemieux has always been fascinated by the sonic colors of the human voice, its possibilities for creative expression and the diversity of emotions that can be revealed. …

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Dorothy Sikora

In Graduates by jan_mfp

(1960-2016) Dorothy Sikora was a singer/songwriter, professional pianist, vocalist, recording artist, teacher, drum circle facilitator and mother. She performed at special events and composed for television and her Latin Jazz Band.  She studied composition, piano and voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston. For many years, Dorothy was a Director of Music Together®. Dorothy was …

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Denise Beaudry

In Graduates, Québec by jan_mfp

Denise supports individuals in the process of exploring new musical territory using their own personal rich and unique language. Her focus is on engaging people into creative expression using breathing, relaxation, silence and deep listening. She wants music to be an easy and reachable activity where everyone can forget about performance and competition.  Each person …

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Deborah Mia Shelton

In Graduates, New Jersey by jan_mfp

In Deborah’s Classes, participants bring forth their authentic voice and experience the joy of spontaneous expression and a creative community, integrating vocal improvisation with movement and gestures, body rhythm and hand percussion, drawing, poetry and storytelling. Deborah sings with jazz and experimental a cappela ensembles. She is a student of contemporary improvisation at the New …

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David Rudge

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

Dr. David Rudge teaches Free Improvisation at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he leads the Improv. Collective, a performing ensemble dedicated to free improvisation for self-expression. (www.fredonia.edu/som/improv). As an improvising violinist, he has performed with Paul Winter, Paul Horn, Arthur Hull, Don Campbell and David Darling. He has also served as conductor …

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Clint Goss

In Connecticut, Graduates by jan_mfp

Clint Goss melds a wide array of world instruments to create organic, improvisational, “Ethnic Fusion” music. His particular blend of world instruments is a result of his early experience on the clarinet, his encounter with the Native American Flute, and extensive experience traveling and performing around the world. His performances weave rhythms and melodies from …

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Connie Barrett

In Graduates by jan_mfp

(1961-2013) Constance E. Barrett had performed with an eclectic variety of musicians in all kinds of genres from her performances on national network TV with Prairie Home Companion’s resident violinist Andy Stein to her work with World Music of Nana. Called “a musician of rare sensitivity” by the Republique of Seine et Marne, France, she …

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Christy Clavio

In Graduates, North Carolina by jan_mfp

“I believe in the power of music to heal and provide support in our lives through personal growth and creative expression.” Christy Clavio is a professional teaching artist and musician living in Asheville, North Carolina. She has worked with diverse populations presenting innovative multi-cultural music and vocal improvisation programs that celebrate our diversity through an exploration …