2021 Virtual Institute

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

Dates: June 1 – 12, 2021 (Tuesdays thru Saturdays)

Webinar: Zoom

Tuition: Registration: $149 per participant
Registration + Performance for master class: $189 per participant 

Returning YBIYS Virtual Institute participant discount: $139 / $179 (with master class performance)

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

Accepting master class registrations for violin and bass!

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, are a major component of the process of 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. 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. Faculty and participants will initially listen to your performance via the video recording.

There is an additional $40 tuition to perform for a master class. The deadline to register and submit a video for a master class performance is May 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT. 

You may choose to use the video recording submitted during registration or submit a different video no later than May 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT. Submitted videos should be up to 10 minutes (if using a video from a full concert, please cut to the piece or 10 minutes you’d like to use). You will receive a form to submit your video after registering.

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:

10:00-11:00am Awareness Through Movement Class
11:15-1:15pmam Master class, Presentation or Body Centered master class
1:15-2:30pm Meal break
2:30-4:30pm Master class, Presentation or Body Centered master class
*Some days will only have one Master class or Presentation in the morning or afternoon.

All classes and presentations are offered live only exclusively to registered participants. Classes and presentations will not be recorded for future publication. Recorded videos are available until December 31, 2021 . 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 yourbodyisyourstrad@carogaarts.org.


For any questions regarding Your Body Is You Strad Virtual Institute, please contact Cynthia Yau at yourbodyisyourstrad@carogaarts.org.

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