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Combining Sound, Movement, and Mindfulness in Choral Experience
There has never been a more appropriate time to take care of our physical and mental health. What if we do it through music and singing? This session will teach you how to HELP your singers heal, reconnect, and re-engage by seamlessly creative movement, yoga, and mindfulness; AMPLIFY music learning, vocal skills, community building, and artistic freedom in every rehearsal and performance; EXPLORE the many possibilities and benefits of the energetic arts such as qigong and tai chi as sources of deeper dive into artistic abandon.
Elena Sharkova is a dedicated music educator, speaker and clinician, and one of the busiest festival and honor choir conductors in North America. She has been the Artistic Director of Cantabile for almost three decades and is also the Artistic Director of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, who she has prepared and conducted in over 50 major choral-orchestral works, such as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, etc.
Elena has had an artistically rich upbringing and a rigorous professional training with a graduation degree from the same alma mater conservatory of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Schostakovich, etc. Elena’s recent engagements have been with Britain’s foremost professional choir, the BBC Singers in Glasgow and London, Miami-based GRAMMY-nominated Seraphic Fire, GRAMMY Award-winning men’s choir Chanticleer, etc. As a guest conductor and clinician, Elena is highly in demand from the US to Japan, Qatar, and Australia. She has conducted on prestigious stages and world cultural landmarks such as the Vatican, Notre Dame de Paris, and Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral, among others.