One of the goals of this course is to build a global network and community who explore, practice, and teach in a systemic, qualitative and innovative way. Participants who complete each course are automatically given access to the alumni network, which will allow you to carry on conversations with your current group of participants as well those who have participated in other versions.
Days and times of live coaching will be announced once applicants have provided their availability in the application process.
*Participation in Part I is required to participate in Part II
Kate Conklin is a vocalist, performer and educator. Through thousands of hours of work with elite performers, observation and analysis of movement, voice work, performance and research in the fields of performance excellence, human design, coordination, and neurobiology, Kate has developed a coaching process which is which is creative, collaborative, and empowering.
“What I have been exposed to in this course has been exceptional. To think that I am currently enjoying a small library of what Kate has spent years of her life testing, teaching and using in her own amazing performance background is really unbelievable.
Kate has the ability to, in a condensed time period with a clear map, lead someone out of the safe end of the pool and into the deep. She really breaks down what is possible in trying to gain greater mastery over this instrument we call “voice” which is really body, heart and mind. She teaches you to find choices and not just become a victim of old habits and thought patterns.
A life long singer and performer, I am grateful for a style of teaching that is so grounded in a different kind of science. Rooted in deep listening to your own intuition and inherent knowledge, it has also given me new ways of looking at what I’m trying to accomplish, sometimes radically new and I have test driven some of those tools in concert and in the studio with great results.”
Multiple CMA and Grammy Award- winning Singer, Songwriter, Broadway performer & member of The Grand Ole Opry
“I have found the Foundations Course to be an invaluable, synchronistic blend of exactly the information I want to have access to as professional performer. Kate has a knack for presenting dense, scientific material in a usable, and more importantly, efficient and accessible manner. While some of the information I may have run across in previous studies, the way it is combined and presented here has been responsible for multiple breakthroughs just in the duration of the course. Most of the material, however, has been new to me and immensely interesting — and important in creating fluidity and efficiency between the constraints of my instrument and what I want to say and do in performance. I am excited to see what further review and deeper study on my part will bring as I integrate new understandings with the demands of what I do on and off stage.”
Rainelle Krause, Soprano & Aerialist
“Kate Conklin’s Foundations Course has been an amazing experience for me. The information has been laid out in a very systematic, easy to learn style, with practical applications from the very first lesson onward. I have personally made revelations that have made an enormous difference in my physical comfort both in singing and in life. The approach is rooted in science, and yet not in any way dry or difficult to understand, because Kate has broken it down into manageable parts. The lectures are very informative, but they are so much more than a laundry list of facts, as they also have suggestions of exercises to play with the information discussed, and all of those have been great. I have also loved the group sessions, because seeing my colleagues play with these concepts has been so helpful in my visceral understanding of them all. I consider this one of the best investments I have made in my singing in a very long time, and would recommend it to any serious singer interested in continuing to grow. “
Anita Lyons, Soprano
New Jersey, US
“This course introduces the most efficient and logical approach to singing, and could greatly benefit any singer. Foundations is programmed perfectly to present challenges and new concepts that can be explored immediately with any repertoire while maintaining thoughtful, digestible steps and never becoming overwhelming. One particular component of the program is a live coaching with the group each week, which has ended up being my favorite part! I was not only able to work through specific questions I had when applying the course to my own practice but also found myself investigating the other members’s topics of discussion as well each week. The foundation’s course has done SO MUCH good for my technique, my performance, and my whole approach to singing (and therefore, my whole self… Oh just wait, guys!). I could not recommend it enough!”
Rebecca Richardson, Soprano
New York, US
“As a professional singer and performer of over 25 years who has had her share of struggles with technical issues (vocal fatigue, stamina, etc), working with Kate Conklin has been absolutely invaluable. Her particular approach, using principles of the Alexander Technique, is simply wonderful. It is a way of looking at practice and performance through the lens of anatomical function wedded to psychological intention. The resulting vocal freedom and vocal stamina are palpable!
I like the structure of the course, with recorded lectures that are always accessible online to watch/listen to, mixed with the live coaching where a participant can both work on some material in real time and observe others doing so. Both are so useful! Kate also provides reading material and references to complete the picture.
Highly valuable and much appreciated. Thank you, Kate, for creating this course!!!!”
Dina Emerson, Vocalist
Meredith Monk Ensemble, Cirque du Soleil
“Kate Conklin’s Course has reinvigorated my practicing. Listening to the lessons on my own time, and then applying discoveries engaged the “why” of music making again. The weekly coachings allowed for observations to expand further through conversations with other artists in a safely guided peer environment. It served as a welcome weekly reminder to continue questioning and re-examining preconceived notions of “the right way” when it comes to artistic expression. I highly recommend any opportunity to walk with Kate on the path to personal artistic discovery.”
Sara Stejskel, Soprano
“When Kate first approached me about her Foundations Course, I was a bit skeptical. I’ve been working with her for a while now and I wasn’t entirely sure I needed to something “foundational”. I’m happy to eat my words. The reality of the Alexander Technique and Kate’s teaching is that we’re always striving for the basics, making it suitable for any level of experience. I particularly enjoy the group coaching. Hearing other people’s challenges and triumphs helps shake up my own assumptions and gives me a wider range of vocabulary and experience to draw from. It’s been a wonderful community to connect with and I walk away from each lecture and coaching session, energized and ready for more. I’ve really benefitted from the structured, weekly meetings as they continuously build on skills and ideas allowing me to make greater improvement in a much shorter period of time. I wish I could give this experience to everyone!”
Madison Smith, Soprano
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