2020 Virtual Institute

Your Body Is Your Strad Virtual Institute
Musician’s Artistry Enhanced through Awareness

Dates: June 2 – 13, 2020 (Tuesdays thru Saturdays); 45 hours of live interactive sessions

Webinar: Zoom

Tuition: Registration: $129 per participant
Registration + Performance for master class: $189 per participant

Who: Open to all instrumentalists/vocalists, students, educators, professionals world-wide

Your Body Is Your Strad (YBIYS) Virtual Institute focuses on the importance of awareness to understand functions of the real instrument – your body and mind – to help maximize musical communication and minimize injury in performance through the Feldenkrais Method. 

Directed by cellist and Feldenkrais Practitioner Uri Vardi and former flutist and Feldenkrais Practitioner Hagit Vardi, the YBIYS Virtual Institute is a live interactive two-week institute open to all instrumentalists and vocalists – students, educators and professionals are encouraged to register. 

The Institute offers opportunities to discover body awareness in performance, learn from cutting edge faculty and speakers, connect with world-class artists, and create a community with fellow musicians from around the world!

Live Interactive Classes:

Awareness Through Movement classes led by Hagit Vardi is a major component to understanding and experiencing The Feldenkrais Method and will occur daily in the morning.

Body Centered Master Classes led by Uri Vardi focuses on uncovering limiting habitual patterns and discovering the potential of new possibilities. Body Centered Master Classes are applicable to all instrumentalists/vocalists.

Master Classes/Presentations include discussions led by world-class musicians and educators on various topics relatable to all musicians, followed by a master class with 2-4 performers. 

Master Class Faculty

Presentations will be offered throughout the Institute on topics related to all musicians such as reducing performance anxiety, improvisation workshop, and chamber music pedagogy for young players. 


Perform in a master class:

To perform in a master class, please submit a video recording in the registration form and we will assign you to a Body Centered master class or master class session with a faculty of your instrument. For best audio quality, faculty and participants will listen to your performance via the video recording during the master class. You may choose to use the video recording submitted during registration or submit a different video closer to the date.

There is an additional $60 tuition to perform for a master class. The deadline to submit a video for a master class performance is May 26, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT.

**We are still accepting pianists to perform for a master class with world renowned pianists Jeremy Denk and Rebecca Penneys! If you don’t have access to a piano or keyboard, that’s okay! The piano faculty can review and discuss your pre-recorded video with you. Register now to secure your master class performance opportunity.

Recommended video specifications: We encourage registrants to submit a video that shows the whole body from head to toe. Solo or concerto movements are preferred. If performing a Sonata movement, we encourage videos with accompaniment.

General Schedule:

(Subject to change, times in EDT)

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
10am Awareness Through Movement Class
11:15am Master class, Presentation or Body Centered master class (~2 hours)
1:15pm Meal break
2:15pm Master class, Presentation or Body Centered master class (~2 hours)

Wednesdays, Fridays
10am Awareness Through Movement Class
11:15am Master class (~2 hours) 

All classes and presentations are offered live only exclusively to registered participants. Classes and presentations will not be recorded for future publication. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Private Body Centered Lessons available:

If you would like to request a private Body Centered lesson with Uri Vardi, please contact yourbodyisyourstradadm@gmail.com.

Your Body Is Your Strad Virtual Institute is presented by Caroga Arts Collective