In private coaching sessions, John helps singers increase their awareness by working on body alignment and breath exercises. After about 15-20 minutes the singer finds a new sense of centeredness and freedom from chronic tensions. At this point, singers explore a new level of coordination between body and voice. Singing with a sense of ease and freedom, John guides them in being present in the integration of intention, emotion and dramatic content.

Neue Stimmen, Gütersloh
Neue Stimmen, Gütersloh
Neue Stimmen, Gütersloh
Neue Stimmen, Gütersloh

Here are two blog postings about John's work from Jenny Rivera:

Trying to remain opera-tional

Operaoperaopera

.... “I also had a really interesting coaching last week with an American who has relocated to Berlin named John Norris. He specializes in doing body work for opera singers - he does some Alexander and other movement and breathing exercises and adjustments, and then works with your body while you sing and helps you align properly to make your best sound. As I have mentioned previously on the blog, I feel like body stuff is the next piece of my puzzle, and this year I've been focused on that particularly. It started with my realization that I was raising my shoulders and that was giving me problems with certain high singing, followed by seeing a video of my performance in Poland and noticing that I was holding onto unnecessary body tension and that releasing it only helped my singing. My session with John was really excellent because not only did he do all these exercises that really opened and loosened me up, but he was able to pinpoint what my body was doing that was constricting my sound in certain moments, and finding ways to release and alter that movement that were kind of mind-blowing. I was singing some really amazing high notes with just a few minor adjustments, and they were easy! I'm going back for another session with him today and I'm totally psyched.“ ...

http://sestissimo.blogspot.com/2009/10/operaoperaopera.html

The life of an opera singer equals comedy

Singing for skinnies

... „I've been continuing to have these body movement coachings with John Norris here in Berlin, and I don't want to oversell it and say that the results are mind blowing, but I have been seriously amazed at the vocal results I've been getting with body adjustments. John noticed right away that when I went up in range, I tended to pull out, up, and away from my center of gravity, and he pointed out that because I am so small in my middle, I have to affect some compression of my breath while still keeping my ribs open. I have no fat pressing against me to provide automatic support and compression, and I don't have this solid round ribcage that just stays open because of it's own design. This is not a new concept for me, but his work is very physical and hands on, and the results are immediate. In my session with him yesterday, I sang about 5 really amazing high C's after he dug his fingers into the middle of my  ribs and pulled them apart, but pressed down on the top of my head so I could open and still compress. I kept looking at him after each one incredulously, and he would just laugh at me. I was like "Holy crap! There's my voice!! Here's what I'm actually capable of?? Who knew??" ...

http://sestissimo.blogspot.com/2009/10/singing-for-skinnies.html

For further information please contact Lauren Lee ainfo@johnnorris.eu

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