Andover Educator Conference 2017 Biographies:

Presenters, Speakers and Performers 

Bob Britton Robert Britton graduated as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1978. In addition to his private practice in San Francisco, he has taught the Alexander Technique to musicians at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1984. He has helped train Alexander Technique Teachers since 1989, and currently trains Alexander teachers at the Alexander Educational Center in Berkeley. Bob regularly gives workshops around the world to Alexander Technique teachers. He was awarded the George S. Sarlo award for Excellence in Teaching in Colleges and Universities in Northern California in 2012, and is currently serving as the Department Chairman of “The Complete Musician” Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

James Blumer James Blumer is a licensed Andover Educator, violinist, and free lance violinist in the NY metro area. His violin students have won numerous competitions and have performed as soloist with orchestra. James is also sought-after for workshops and master classes on the benefits of body Mapping in performance and pedagogy. Recent teaching engagements include: Manhattan School of Music, Ithaca College, Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference, School for Strings (NYC), Silver Music School (NYC), American Center for the Alexander Technique.

Bonnie Draina is a licensed Andover Educator and has presented courses and workshops across North America from Hawaii to Newfoundland, for colleges, universities and professional groups. She has taught singing at Drew University, Princeton Theological Seminary and University of Colorado-Boulder where she taught vocal pedagogy and played a key role in the expansion of the Musicians' Wellness Initiative. Dr. Draina holds MM and DMA degrees in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and University of Colorado-Boulder, and is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Van Lawrence Fellowship, which allowed her to further her study of muscle tension dysphonia and other voice disorders. As a performer, Draina has premiered and previewed works by composers such as Lee Hoiby, John B. Hedges, Carter Pann, Sayaka Ishikawa and Laurie Altman, and has a repertoire of several hundred songs, chamber works and operatic and oratorio roles in nine languages. In 2014 Mountain Peak Press published Notes of Hope, for which she contributed the chapter titled "Rethinking Recovery." Her Breathing Book for Singers will be released by Mountain Peak Press in 2017. 

Jill Dreeben Jill Dreeben has performed in numerous solo and chamber music concerts throughout New England. She is a founding member of the Solar Winds Woodwind Quintet, a member of Kaleidescope Chamber Ensemble, and performs in the Dreeben/Clemente flute and guitar duo. she has played with the Fiddlehead Theater Orchestra of Boston, the New England Orchestra of Lowell, MA, and Emmauel Music of Boston. Ms. Dreeben studied with Craig Goodman Louis Schaefer and Louis Moyse. She earned a BA in Music from Cornell University (1983) and an MM in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory (1987). Jill Dreeben is a licensed Andover Educator teaching the course "What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body", as well as giving private Body Mapping lessons and workshops. Currently she teaches flute at Brandeis University and maintains a private studio in Arlington, MA.

Mark Erikson Mark Erikson has been practicing physical therapy thirty years after he graduated from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse in 1983. He has integrated the Feldenkrais Method into his practice since 1985, and completed the four year training process in 1994 to become certified by the Feldenkrais Guild as a Feldenkrais Practioner. Mark earned a Doctor of Science degree in Physical Therapy and is a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. He has a wide range of clinical experience practicing in environments specializing in body awareness training, pain, rehabilitation and injury prevention.

Dana Fonteneau Dana Fonteneau is rapidly establishing herself on the world stage as a thought leader for musicians on such topics as success, health and wellness, innovation and empowerment for sustainable careers in music. 

As a former concert cellist Ms. Fonteneau had a chamber music career formed by studying with the founding members of the Amadeus, Juilliard, and Borodin string quartets. After studying at the Oberlin Conservatory, Dana went on to study with Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she graduated with a BM in cello performance and an MM in chamber music performance and then taught for ten years at the Pre-college and Adult Extension divisions. 

Now a licensed somatic psychotherapist in the state of California (MFC49425) and founder of the WholeHearted Musician, Ms. Fonteneau devotes her time to empowering musicians to have a fulfilling and financially sustainable life in the arts.

She has been in residence at Yellow Barn, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, UT Austin's Butler School of Music, and University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater and Dance as well as guest presented for San Francisco State's Psychology Department, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music California All-State Music Educators Conference, Rice University, Sonoma State University and Chamber Music America. Her writing can be found in Strings Magazine, Chamber Music Magazine and San Francisco Classical Voice. Her first book, It's Not (JUST) about the Gig: A Musician's Guide to Creating the Mindset for Career Success AND Fulfillment is available for purchase on 

Barbara Gosselin Barbara Gosslin holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, MA. She received her Craniosacral Therapy training through the Upledger Institute, including Craniosacral Therapy I and II, Somatoemotional Release l and LL, and Visceral Manipulation l. She did a yearlong Energy Training with Deborah Keir, a gifted energy healer, psychic and intuitive counselor, and a student of world renowned energy healer Rosalyn Bruyere. She has over 6 years experience working with two of the most well known Craniosacral practitioners and Physical Therapists in eastern Massachusetss, Marcia Hood and Cindy Rowe. 

Bridget Jankowski is an accomplished pianist. She became the first licensed Andover Educator in 1998; she was a founding board member is the outgoing president of this organization. Bridget has been involved in music ministry for over thirty years and serves as full-time Director of Music Ministry at St. Matthew Parish in Akron, Ohio. She is responsible for all music at the Parish including playing for all services, directing three choirs and training all cantors, both children and adults. In 2016 her book "Body Mapping for Music Ministers" was published by GIA publications. Bridget is also a Suzuki piano teacher. She maintains a private piano studio and teaches at weekend and summer Suzuki workshops. For fun she occasionally plays piano/keyboards for local community theater performances.  

Doug Johnson Doug Johnson is Associate Professor of Piano at the Berklee College of Music. As a pianist, Doug has performed throughout Europe and the US at major venues and Jazz Festivals, including Ronnie Scott’s in London, Porgy and Bess in Vienna and Birdland in New York City. Doug has performed with Phil Woods, Esperanza Spalding, Luciana Souza, Jerry Bergonzi and Terry Lynne Carrington. As an educator and expert in the area of Musician’s Health, Doug has presented at major conferences including multiple PAMA (Performing Arts Medicine Association) conferences. Recently Doug has been in residence performing and teaching at the University of Graz, Austria; the University of Brasilia, Brazil and has also taught intensive courses in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Doug is the recipient of the 2015 Berklee College, Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship Grant. This award is being used to carry out biomechanical research to help understand the causes of musician’s injuries. His trio CD March of Time was released in Vienna. His most recent release is The Doug Johnson Trio, Live at the Royal Garden.

Ruth Kasckow  Ruth Kasckow, flutist, educator and licensed Andover Educator since 2010, brings her passion for performing and education to a varied population with the purpose of fostering joy, inspiration and hope. She has a thriving private flute studio of aspiring flutists, where she teaches Body Mapping from the beginning. As a performer, she plays in local orchestras, chamber music groups and gives solo recitals. She has given Body Mapping workshops and presentations at the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) Symposiums in Aspen and Chapman, Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) Annual Convention, National Flute Association, Jim Walker's Beyond the Master Class, and for many other groups and colleges and universities, and gives two full six hour WEM workshops each year. Her articles about Body Mapping have appeared in Los Angeles Musicians Union Local 47 Overture and MTAC The California Music Teacher.  Ruth is a member of the Andover Educator Board in charge of membership. 

Anita King Anita King earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Iowa and is currently Professsor of Music Emeritus at Willamette University where she teaches piano, chamber music, and a course in Body Mapping and Alexander Technique. Anita has performed as recitalist and as piano soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S.; she recently played Brahms' 2nd Piano Concerto with the Salem Chamber Orchestra. She has been a certified Andover Educator since 2000 and a teaching member of Alexander Technique International since 2002. Anita is particularly interested in the connection between musical structure and movement and has given her groundbreaking presentation and workshop, "The Embodied Musician:Creating the Foundation for Interpretation and Movement,"at music conferences and universities throughout the U.S. and in Geneva, Switzerland and Burgundy, France. 

Mary Kogen Mary Kogen is Professor Emerita at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. During the 26 years prior to her retirement in 2003, she taught Piano, Pedagogy, and Class Piano. Because she believes the body is a rhythmical instrument, for 17 years Mary has pursued rhythm and movement through the experiential rhythm system TaKeTiNa. In 2008, she presented “Rhythm and Evolution” for the Music Teachers National Association in Denver, Colorado. She has been a member of the SYMS faculty at the University of New Hampshire for the past seven years where she teaches participatory rhythmic learning to high school music students. Mary has presented rhythm workshops at numerous universities and conferences around the US. She also maintains a studio in Portland where she teaches pedagogy, piano, and TaKeTiNA.

Cynthia McGladrey Cynthia McGladrey holds a Master of Music in vocal performance at University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s Degree in choral education at Portland State University. She was licensed Andover Educator with Barbara Conable in 2005. Cynthia teaches Body Mapping for musicians with choirs, solo vocalists,instrumentalists and handbell ringers at retreats and workshops throughout the Northwest. She is a recently emeritus instructor of studio voice, assistant choral director, director of Handbell Ringers, and Body Mapping for musicians educator at George Fox University. Cynthia maintains a Salem private vocal and Body Mapping studio teaching music educators and adult students. She served as coordinator of music ministries and director of children’s music at Salem First United Methodist Church for eleven years. Cynthia has been an adjunct vocal instructor at Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University and Linfield College. She enjoys sharing song recital and concert repertoire with University ensembles and with local community choirs.

Vanessa Breault Mulvey Illuminating the intimate relationship between musical expression and a musician's movement and then guiding each musician to uncover coordinated, healthy movement is Vanessa Breault Mulvey's mission. A performing artist and Licensed Andover Educator since 2009, Vanessa is currently Co-President of Andover Educators, she utilizes Body Mapping along with experience in Pilates, Feldenkrais, flying trapeze, and restorative exercise to assist musician in eliminating playing limitation and revealing their true expressive voice. Vanessa has presented workshops around the world for musicians, at venues that include: Boston University Tanglewood Institute, SUNY Purchase Double Reed Day, British Isles Music Festival, Trevor Wye's Boston Master Classes, National Association for Music Education Conferences, and Boston Flute Academy. Ms. Mulvey is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and Longy School of Bard College, where she teaches popular Body Mapping courses. 

David Nesmith David Nesmith, AE Sponsoring Teacher, Alexander Technique teacher, and horn player, has been an Andover Educator since 1998. Retired from the WV Symphony (3rd horn, 30 years), Cleveland Chamber Symphony (Principal horn, 10 years), he continues to teach at Denison University (Granville, OH USA). Currently David performs with the Cathedral Brass Ensemble (since 1990, St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, OH) and the New Hampshire Music Festival (since 1996). He is the author of the Breathing Book for Horn (Mountain Peak Music 2011) and creator of Constructive Rest: The Audio Guide Series (Smart Poise 2011).

Richard Nichols Richard Nichols received his undergraduate degree in biology and applied mathematics from Brown University, and his Ph.D. in Physiology from Harvard Medical School. Following postdoctoral training at the University of Alberta and Johns Hopkins University and a first faculty position at the University of Washington, he was appointed to the faculty of Physiology at Emory University, where he remained for 24 years, attaining the rank of Professor and Interim Chair.  In 2007, he took the position of Chair of the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Tech.  He holds an appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory.  He is also a member of the Research Committee of Andover Educators.

Lea Pearson Founder of Music Minus Pain and author of Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute Teacher Needs to about the Body, Lea Pearson holds a DMA from the Ohio State University, an MA from Stanford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar. She ha taught at Hillsdale, Heidelberg and Centre Colleges, and The Ohio State University. A founding member of Dr. Tony's Original Ragtime Band and formerly Artistic Director of the UUNIVERSER! Chamber music series. she specializes in performing music of women and other under-represented composers. 

A licensed Andover Educator and member of PAMA, Dr. Pearson teaches Body Mapping courses at Wildacres Flute Retreat in North Carolina, co-founded the Summerflute Master Class and Body Mapping at the Guildhall summer course in London, and has recently developed a 90-day online Body Mapping course. An international speaker and presenter at universities, flute festivals and music education conferences, Lea is the former Chair of the Performance Health Care Committee of the National Flute Association. 

Melanie Sever For the last two years, Melanie has pursued an interest in biotensegrity through reading, interest groups and using the concepts in practice. She attended the Biotensegrity Summit and 4th International Fascia Research Conference in Washington, D.C., in September 2015 and a subsequent 3-day masterclass with Dr. Stevin Levin in January 2017. Her study, observations and applications of these concepts have made a significant impact within her own Body Mapping practice. University of Wisconsin-Superior senior lecturer, freelance musician, regular principal sub with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, DSSYO conductor, andprivate teacher, Melanie has been a licensed AE since 2014.

Kelly Mollnow Wilson Kelly Mollnow Wilson, a licensed Andover Educator since 2007, currently teaches privately, is freelance musician in Northeast Ohio, and teaches Intro to Body Mapping at Oberlin Conservatory. She has presented Body Mapping workshops at Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University, and at the National Flute Association Conventions in 2006, 2012, and 2014. She is currently enrolled in a massage theory program as a prerequisite for becoming a Neurokinetic Therapist, all with the goal of being able to use manual therapy to uncover and help restore dysfunctional movement patterns that can compromise music-making. She a founding member of the Aella Flute Duo and has nine years of teaching experience in the instrumental music department of the Wooster City Schools inWooster, OH. Kelly is the lead author/flute author of Teaching Woodwinds: A Guide for Students and Teachers.

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