“Kate helped me to play drums in a way that would connect with an audience for the entire length of a show, be sustainable physically, and kick-ass musically. Rehearsing for the 2012/13 Garbage world tour, we were doing six-hour long rehearsals to get everything tight for the road, and Kate helped me make playing easier without losing my sound or expression. She also helped me strategize for the demands of traveling and tour schedule to keep fit for performance.
Kate showed me simple strategies for using movement, balance, breathing and posture to get better tone from the drums, and how to thrash on the drum kit in a healthy way. We also worked on what I do when I’m producing, how to make long hours at the mixing board less physically taxing and keep my focus in the studio.
Whatever it is you do, Kate will help you do it better.”
“Kate ignites the imagination of the actors, inspiring them to explore their physicality, release their fears, and embrace extraordinary possibilities. Her generous spirit and good humor, and the verve with which she teaches, combine to create an atmosphere of creative courageousness.”
“I’ve been studying with Kate for the past 8+ years. I am the vocalist, performer, mover, thinker, teacher, student, and human being that I am today, in so many ways thanks to my time and continued study and play spent with Kate.”
“In the most modest words, Kate Conklin’s approach to voice and body is the most insightful and potent I have ever come across in my training.
She has absorbed and blended all aspects of her body and voice training into a teaching method that is pure, simple and focused, yet astoundingly profound. Her outstanding vocal and tutoring proficiency, and her deep level of awareness for The Alexander Technique are attributes that are rarely seen. Her techniques are on the one hand, simple and instantly adoptable, yet on the other, radical and ground-breaking for my awareness and control. Her method seems to be all about working as easily as possible for the maximum results, through increasing bodily awareness.
I graduated in 2009 with bachelors in voice from Dartington College of Arts in England, having spent my student life studying classical vocal techniques and the last three years in Alexander Technique. Whilst on my degree I was given the opportunity to go on exchange at CalArts for eighteen months, and it was here that I studied with Kate.
She brought the pleasure I felt as a child back into my voice, the pleasure that so many teachers over the years had smothered with their narrow, heavy-handed approach. I cannot put into words my gratitude and respect.”
“Kate Conklin, in addition to being one of the most profoundly curious and uplifting people I’ve ever met, has been an invaluable addition to my network of professional resources. It is not exaggeration to say that she has changed my life. As an opera singer, Kate was the first person to introduce me to the notion of play and experimentation in the practice room, encouraging exploration in an accessible way. The work led me to a finer understanding of my upper extension, and a massive release of tension in my middle and low voice, creating a more seamless, effortless sound, and a rock solid approach to the high flying coloratura music that I’m best at. It was due to that newfound ease and freedom, and Kate’s encouragement that I take an aerial silks class for kicks, that I began working to fuse opera and silks. When my first experiment, the Queen of the Night’s aria paired with an intermediate level silks routine, was a success, I knew I wanted to expand and create an entire portfolio of this beautiful combination of art forms.
As an aerialist, Kate has been key in helping me understand the workings and limitations of my body in an effort to maximize my efficiency and reduce my rate of injury. It’s entirely due to her that I know exactly how normal shoulders should work, how mine differ because of ligament elasticity, and how to work with the body I have in order to create the art that I envision. She even taught me how to jog properly so I could incorporate it into my fitness routine without my neck and shoulders cramping up, or my hip flexors throwing a fit halfway through! When she said a correct jog could feel like a massage for the back I honestly thought she was crazy, but the proof is in the pudding.
Whether working with her in person or over Skype, Kate is unfailingly generous with her time and knowledge, scrupulous about her scientific understanding, and endlessly enthusiastic to help facilitate improvement in her clients. I find myself recommending her to everyone I know, and I am so grateful to have her as a resource and a friend.”
“I am a professional Pantomime. I make a living solely by performing stylized movement on stage. Kate’s technique allows me to derive more physical precision. It helps me to stay innovative in my choices when I create new work, and fresh in the performance of established work, like the character that I portray in Cirque du Soleil’s “O” for the past 12 years. Kate’s technique is not physically straining- on the contrary, I keep making discoveries that lead to greater sustainability, better health as well as less pain and injury.”
“Making great work is about innovation in pursuit of quality. It’s about depth, discovery, attention to detail. A great performance is the result of combining life experience and technique to connect with the audience and communicate true emotion.
Kate’s method helps get that result. Her technique is a collaborative act of creation. She works with artists to create a process that starts with inspiration and evolves into execution that is precise and emotionally resonant. It’s an exciting, innovative approach that opens up worlds of possibilities.
Kate can take someone from good to great.”
“I came to Kate desiring to learn Bulgarian vocal music and become closely connected to the music of Eastern Europe. Working with Kate has been one of the most rewarding and transformative experiences I have had. Our time together had a profound impact on my work going forward as an artist and teacher. She gave me the tools needed to utilize my breath, play with ease of motion, perform with less tension, and to incorporate this practice into my every day life. Kate has an extraordinary ability to articulate and direct exactly what you need to do physically in order to get the desired result. I would come away from our lessons together feeling refreshed, inspired and empowered.
With Kate’s support, I applied to and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study a year abroad in Plovdiv, Bulgaria at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts. Upon my return, I particularly remember one lesson I had with Kate on a Bulgarian vocal piece from the Shop region in Bulgaria. I had been unable to execute an elaborate ornament particular to the style of this region. Kate suggested I experiment with a new idea relating to the back of the tongue and uvula, and my technique improved immediately. It was one of those light bulb moments. What I had been unable to achieve in Bulgaria improved in just one session working with Kate. This is what makes Kate unique, her ability to bring out the best in every individual and to improve their technique no matter what their craft. Working with Kate is enriching, uplifting, and one of the best decisions you will ever make.”