Our Community is BACK for February 2024, and the theme this month is: RESET. We'll have seventeen warm-up sessions over the course of the month, plus a two-part workshop called "Get Your Voice Back Post-Illness." Join us!
What will I get from attending voice and movement warm-ups?
A chance to breathe deeply and get your blood flowing every time you show up
Practice making sound freely and extending your range
Connection to your breath support
A big release of physical tension & vocal strain
Clearer articulation and speaking
The opportunity to set yourself up for good vocal & physical habits throughout the day
Physically, mentally, and energetically you'll feel more present.
...Plus the accountability of practicing in a group, where you have a live instructor and buddies supporting you while you maintain your vocal health and overall wellness!
What we'll cover in the "Get Your Voice Back Post-Illness" workshop:
-> The most important thing to do to be sure you're not over-straining when you're sick
-> A simple technique that will get your voice back on track after five consecutive days of repetition
-> The best massage techniques you can do to release muscle tension post-illness
-> Gentle vocalizing practices to start with when you're not yet able to easily speak or sing
17 Voice & Movement Warm-Ups and a Two-Part Workshop: "Get Your Voice Back Post-Illness"
The theme for February 2024 is RESET, and we'll have a full calendar of live, online sessions. Check out the graphic above, or refer to this list for our schedule:
Mon Feb 5: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Tues Feb 6: Get Your Voice Back Post-Illness - Workshop Part 1 with Elissa, 12-1 pm Eastern Time
Wed Feb 7: Voice & Movement warm-up with Christion, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Thurs Feb 8: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Sun Feb 11: Voice & Movement warm-up with Mary, 12-12:25 pm Eastern Time
Mon Feb 12: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Tues Feb 13: Voice & Movement warm-up with Lebo, 12-12:25 pm Eastern Time
Wed Feb 14: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Thurs Feb 15: Voice & Movement warm-up with Christion, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Sun Feb 18: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 12-12:25 pm Eastern Time
Mon Feb 19: Voice & Movement warm-up with Christion, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Tues Feb 20: Get Your Voice Back Post-Illness - Workshop Part 2 with Elissa, 12-1 pm Eastern Time
Wed Feb 21: Voice & Movement warm-up with Christion, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Thurs Feb 22: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Sun Feb 25: Voice & Movement warm-up with Mary, 12-12:25 pm Eastern Time
Mon Feb 26: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Tues Feb 27: Voice & Movement warm-up with Lebo, 12-12:25 pm Eastern Time
Wed Feb 28: Voice & Movement warm-up with Christion, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Thurs Feb 29: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25 am Eastern Time
Please note: Voice & Movement warm-ups are NOT recorded. Attend as you are able!
The workshop IS recorded and will be available for you on our online portal.
All sessions are listed here in Eastern Time (New York). Use this time zone converter if you need help figuring out these times for you locally.
What Community Members Say...
Since I’ve been attending voice and movement warm ups, I’ve been more coordinated, calmer, and less stressed. Some of the most important exercises for me have been massaging around my larynx and my gut - that’s created huge transformation. I can see that my body carries a lot of stress, and now I have support to let it go.
- Grace, New York
My understanding of my voice, my body, and my mind (and how all three are interrelated) has deepened exponentially in this space. I had no idea just how much pain and trauma I was holding on to, or how understanding and releasing that pain would free my voice and heart. What we are doing here is so much more than physical - it’s soul work! I literally feel like I can breathe again, I can sing again, my chronic pain and anxiety have faded away, and I’m at last coming home to myself, and to my voice.
- Julia, Australia
Within my three sessions in the Community, I could already feel a major change both physically and mentally. My body feels relaxed and the tightness that I felt in my shoulders is no longer there. The tension and anxiety that I brought to my first session, have now been replaced by a feeling of peace and calmness. I’m so grateful to have this supportive space where I can keep showing up.
- Pat, New Jersey
Every time I leave a warm up I feel more inspired and connected. Thank you, Elissa, for showing up with an open heart and in such a natural and sincere way.
- Inbar, Spain
Elissa Maas Weinzimmer
Elissa Maas Weinzimmer (she/her) is the founder of Voice Body Connection. She trains voice teachers, performers, speakers, and leaders to have a healthier, more embodied and confident voice. In addition to clients that include Broadway stars, television personalities, politicians, and CEOs, Elissa has led workshops for WeWork, Equinox, Microsoft, eBay, Instacart, and more. Elissa earned her MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy from the University of Alberta and is certified in Body-Mind Centering, Hatha yoga, and Fitzmaurice Voicework. Elissa is also a singer-songwriter and recording artist, and is based in New York.
Lebo Disele (she/her) is a theatre-maker with a focus in movement, acting, directing, and dramaturgy. Select performance credits include The Wolves (Maggie Tree/Citadel), Breaking Ground (Mile Zero Dance), The Space Between (NextFest 2021, Expanse Festival 2022), “Radical Imagination” in Brandon Wint’s Freedom Journal: Antidotes to Violence as Care (2022); All That Binds Us (Azimuth Theatre, 2020) and What (Black) Life Requires (Expanse Festival, 2018). Lebo locates her work within the genre of physical theatre, focusing on interdisciplinary collective creation. Lebo resides in Edmonton, Alberta and is a Voice Body Connection Instructor-in-Training.
Christion Ty Edwards
Christion Ty Edwards (he/him) is an actor, director, singer, physical theatre artist, mask and clown performer, and teaching artist. In addition to Voice Body Connection, Christion is a candidate for certification in the VanBoxtel Method of teaching singers, SSN Transform, Yoga and Meditation teacher training, and constantly strives to better his artistry with training in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as Consent and Trauma-Informed creative practices. Christion is an alum of James Madison University's School Of Theatre And Dance. Later this year, Christion plans to debut his one-man show, The Sad Life Of A Happy Man, at the 2023 Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles. Christion resides in the DC metro area, and is a Voice Body Connection Instructor-in-Training.
Mary McMurtery (she/her) is the owner and founder of Radiant Voice Studio. She previously served as an online voice instructor at Creative Music Learning Center of Richland, WA, as Adjunct Voice Instructor at Western Illinois University School of Music, and as Voice Instructor on faculty of the Community Music School at Western Illinois University. Mary is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, OPERA America, The SpeakEasy Cooperative, and is a certified Soma Yoga Instructor and Neuro-Vocal Method Teacher. She holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and German from DePauw University of Greencastle, Indiana. Mary resides in Las Vegas, NV, and is a Voice Body Connection Instructor-in-Training.
I started attending Voice Body Connection sessions as part of a personal journey in healing from a voice disorder. I’ve learned so much about various connections between my whole body and my voice, and how to use my body to start unlocking the mental barriers that got me to this place. I will keep coming back!
- Lauren, Minnesota
It's been so powerful to have a space with people looking to integrate. So much of vocal coaching often is about the end product rather than the input. The real transformation for me in here has been looking at the cellular level and what’s coming up from within. How can I create resonance in my voice in a community, in my work, and at large? In my experience what makes Elissa and this Community extremely unique is the trans-disciplinary approach. We integrate psychology, biology, physiology all in one conversation. I could go on and on, but it’s a privilege to be a part of this community.
- Catherine, New York
Our warm-up sessions are a creative exploration in body, mind and voice unlike anything I’ve worked with before. Elissa brings together an eclectic knowledge of our physical systems with a joyful presence of being. Her teaching has brought me many insights that have spurred me along on my own path of discovery and healing.
- Sarah, Maryland