About YBIYS Institute

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Summer Institute

Caroga Lake, NY

For Violinists, Violists, and Cellists

Ten inspiring days in the beautiful Adirondacks applying somatic approach to musical performance through private lessons, group lessons, master classes and workshops dedicated to expanding artistic freedom and the art of teaching.

The institute offers participants the opportunity to explore their unique musical instrument, which is their body, and to improve their instrumental skills through somatic education with musicians and Feldenkrais Practitioners Uri and Hagit Vardi. The Vardis are certified Feldenkrais Practitioners, and specialize in applying the method to performing artists through presentations and workshops around the world.

The Feldenkrais Method is a modality used to identify habitual patterns, and to improve body awareness. This method has proven to be highly effective in alleviating pain, anxiety and movement difficulties as well as in improving the ability of communicating musical intention. The method involves the use of movement, touch and imagery as tools for learning new ways of functioning. Your Body Is Your Strad is the only Feldenkrais summer program dedicated to musicians.


All college aged and professional violinists, violists, and cellists who are interested in improving their instrumental and teaching skills are invited to apply to the Your Body Is Your Strad Institute. Approximately 8-12 musicians for each instrument will be selected to participate.

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00-9:00am – Breakfast
9:00-10:00am – Awareness Through Movement Class
10:30-12:30pm – Private Lessons & Functional Integration Lessons
12:30-1:30pm – Lunch
1:30-2:30pm – Piano Collaboration/Feldenkrais Integration Lessons/Practice time/Free time
2:30-4:30pm – Master class
4:30-6:30pm – Piano Collaboration/Feldenkrais Integration Lessons/Practice time/Free time
6:30-7:30pm – Dinner
8:00-10:00pm – Master class & Workshops


-Private lessons with each faculty member of your instrument
-Private Functional Integration lesson with Hagit Vardi
-Awareness Through Movement Group Class with Hagit & Uri Vardi
-Focused Use of Body Master class with Uri Vardi
-Performance in a Master class with faculty member
-Improv Workshop with Mike Block
-“How To Be a Musical Detective” Workshop with Jenny Kallick
-Baroque Dance Workshop with Paige Whitely-Baguess
-Chamber Music & Body Language with Chamber Music Connection founder Deborah Price
-Rehearsal with collaborative pianist
-Performance at the Finale Concert
-Explore the Adirondacks! Go hiking, kayaking, or swimming in the lake.


To be announced


Presented by Caroga Arts Collective, Your Body Is Your Strad Institute will take place in locations around Caroga Lake, NY. Activities are held at Nick Stoner Inn, Caroga Chapel, The Arts Hub, and private homes.

Accommodations & Meals

The Institute offers discounted accommodations at Nick Stoner Inn and Pine Lake Lodge in Caroga Lake, NY. Ten (10) nights of accommodations plus lunch and dinner daily is included in the package.

Participants may choose to commute or find alternative accommodations in the area. Meals are not provided for commuters.


  • Albany International Airport is 1 hour from Caroga Lake, NY. The Institute offers ground transportation to/from the airport.
  • Amtrak Station – Amsterdam (AMS) is 30 minutes from Caroga Lake, NY. The Amtrak Station in Amsterdam is the closest train stop to Caroga Lake. The Institute offers ground transportation to/from the Amsterdam Station.
  • If it is possible, personal vehicles are recommended but not necessary. Free parking is available at all locations around Caroga Lake, NY.

(subject to change)
1:00pm and 4:00pm – Albany Airport pick up
1:45pm and 4:45pm – Amsterdam Station pick up

(subject to change)
12:00pm – Albany Airport drop off
11:30am – Amsterdam Station drop off


Uri & Hagit Vardi, Artistic Director, Your Body Is Your Strad
Kyle Price, Program Director
Ronald Lau, Program Coordinator
Cynthia Yau, Program Coordinator

Email: yourbodyisyourstrad@carogaarts.org

Caroga Arts Collective
PO Box 1048
Caroga Lake, NY 12032