What will I get from attending voice and movement sessions?
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!
18 VOICE & MOVEMENT WARM-UPS and 2 CORE SESSIONS
The theme for April 2023 is VOCAL FREEDOM, and we'll have a full calendar of live, online sessions held on Zoom. Check out the graphic above, or refer to this list for our schedule:
Mon Apr 3: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25am Eastern Time
Tues Apr 4: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 12-12:25pm Eastern Time
Wed Apr 5: Voice & Movement warm-up with Christion, 5-5:25pm Eastern Time
Thurs Apr 6: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 12-12:25pm Eastern Time
Fri Apr 7: Voice & Movement warm-up with Lebo, 10-10:25am Eastern Time
Mon Apr 10: Voice & Movement warm-up with Lebo, 10-10:25am Eastern Time
Tues Apr 11: EMOTIONAL FREEDOM Core Session with Elissa, 12-1pm Eastern Time
Wed Apr 12: Voice & Movement warm-up with Mary, 5-5:25pm Eastern Time
Thurs Apr 13: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 12-12:25pm Eastern Time
Fri Apr 14: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25am Eastern Time
Mon Apr 17: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25am Eastern Time
Tues Apr 18: Voice & Movement warm-up with Christion, 12-12:25pm Eastern Time
Wed Apr 19: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 5-5:25pm Eastern Time
Thurs Apr 20: Voice & Movement warm-up with Mary, 12-12:25pm Eastern Time
Fri Apr 21: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25am Eastern Time
Mon Apr 24: Voice & Movement warm-up with Christion, 10-10:25am Eastern Time
Tues Apr 25: PHYSICAL FREEDOM Core Session with Elissa, 12-1pm Eastern Time
Wed Apr 26: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 5-5:25pm Eastern Time
Thurs Apr 27: Voice & Movement warm-up with Mary, 12-12:25pm Eastern Time
Fri Apr 28: Voice & Movement warm-up with Elissa, 10-10:25am Eastern Time
Please note: Voice & Movement warm-ups are NOT recorded. Attend as you are able!
Core sessions ARE recorded and will be available for you in the community forum, where you can also interact with each other!
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.
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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 also serves as an online voice instructor at Creative Music Learning Center of Richland, WA, and previously served 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