Register for 2017 Conference at Penn State

2017 Lessac Institute Conference Hotel Reservations

The 2017 Lessac Training and Research Institute Annual Conference will be held on January 4-6, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the campus of Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania. The conference rate for rooms is $109 per night (plus tax).  You must make your reservations directly with the Penn State Hospitality Service’s Central Reservation Department by calling 1-800-233-7505 and referencing the reservation identification number   LESA17A.  You may also go the secure website at http://www.pennstatehotels.com, select The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, select “Reserve Your Stay,” select “Group Reservations,” enter reservation identification number LESA17A.

To be sure of securing this conference rate, please make reservations by Sunday December 3, 2016.

Complimentary shuttle service is provided from the State College Airport, also known as the University Park Airport.  Call in advance to secure pick up

Pre-Conference Workshop Kinesensic Dialect Training With Barry Kur

Wednesday, January 4,  9:00am to 5:00 pm  

Barry Kur will lead this one day workshop utilizing the training process developed in his textbook, Stage Dialect Studies: A Continuation of the Lessac Approach to Actor Voice and Speech Training.  Participants will experience the introductory instruction for Standard British (RP), Irish, NYC, German and one additional dialect decided by the group.  Participants will need to bring or purchase the textbook ($32) and also bring a monologue utilizing one of the dialects listed above.  The workshop will also include a session in the integration of dialect skills with the demands of acting a dialect role. This will culminate in an actor’s reading of that monologue (not memorized). All participants should have some experience with Lessac voice training.

Fee:  $150

Textbook purchase may be made via mail order to Barry Kur .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at the workshop (cash or check payable to Barry Kur)  $32.00

Tentative Schedule
9:00-9:30 Introduction of training process and Euphonic Neutral Speech

9:30-10:00 Standard British (RP)

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15- 11:00 Irish

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-Noon   NYC

Noon-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:45   German

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:45 Optional Dialect

4:00-4:45   Integration of dialect skill and acting

2017 conference Invitation

Dear Lessac Friends,

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 12th Annual Conference of the Lessac Training and Research Institute, which will be held January 4-6, 2017,on the campus of Penn State University at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center,  State College, Pa . Returning for the third time to “Happy Valley” for our conference, our theme this year is “Optimizing Your Life” and is dedicated to the memorable life and accomplishments of Sue Ann Park. 

You may begin submitting your proposals for presentations to share at this year’s conference. Please see the “Guidelines for Presentations of the Annual Lessac Institute Conferences” for more information. Conference Proposal submissions are due by October 1, 2016.

On Wednesday, January 4, there will be two concurrent pre-conference workshops. The Annual Pre-Conference Workshop for Sustaining Certification will be offered to certified trainers needing to fulfill this requirement.  Topics for this workshop will be initiated by Master Teachers and by the attending certified trainers.  Also this year, I will offer a one-day workshop on Kinesensic Stage Dialect Training. This workshop is open to anyone with some awareness of Lessac Voice Training and will utilize the training process of my textbook, STAGE DIALECT STUDIES.  Each workshop will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00pm with a two-hour lunch break.The conference hotel will extend the conference rate for these workshops for Tuesday arrivals.


To submit a proposal, Click Here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Looking forward to seeing you in January.
Sincerely,

Barry Kur
Conference Planner

12th Annual Lessac Conference January 4-6, 2017, Penn State University

The 12th Annual Conference of the Lessac Training and Research Institute will be held January 4-6, 2017,on the campus of Penn State University at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, Pa. Returning for the third time to “Happy Valley” for our conference, our theme is “Optimizing Your Life” and is dedicated to the memorable life and accomplishments of Sue Ann Park. 

Our conference will include an opening reception, scheduled member presentations, the annual membership meeting, and a formal banquet. The conference fee includes opening reception with light dinner fare and beverages,  a daily buffet lunch ,  daily mid morning and mid afternoon snacks and beverages, and the closing night banquet buffet dinner (cash bar). The buffets should accommodate all dietary needs.

In addition, concurrent pre-conference workshops are being offered from 9am-5pm with two-hour lunch breaks on Wednesday, January 4.  For certified trainers, there is a Sustaining Certification Workshop. All those familiar with Lessac voice training may enroll in pre-conference workshop with Barry Kur on Kinesensic Dialect Training.


Lessac Training and Research Institute Conference Registration Form

Intersection of Lessac Work and Health Care in Professional Voice - Single Session Registration

A Taste of Lessac: Intersection of Lessac Work and Health Care in Professional Voice
Nancy Krebs
Katherine Verdolini Abbott

In the world of speech-language pathology, the trend over the past 20 years has been to focus on a single voice pattern – proposed in research and found in clinical practice – to have therapeutic value.  Among the most prevalent patterns has been so-called “resonant voice,” which in some of its forms is a derivative of some combination of Lessac’s consonant orchestra NRG (sustainable, voiced consonants) and Tonal NRG.  This resonant voice has received attention in considerable bench and clinical science, not to mention millions of dollars in federal funding, yielding optimistic results for the value of resonant voice in both prevention of voice problems and biological healing of pathologies that may affect the vocal folds. 

At the same time, however, after a few decades of its use in the clinical setting, discoveries now emerge that a sole focus on “resonant voice” (and potentially any single voice pattern) tends to limits not only expressive options.  More troubling, a relative degree of biomechanical “lock-down” is reported by some practitioners whose exclusive focus is “resonant voice.”  A new generation of voice therapies is currently under development, to integrate a broader range of the Lessac body and voice work into the therapeutic paradigm in speech-language pathology, to offer patients with voice disorders a fuller “palette” of “voice choices” for their biomechanical, biological, and expressive benefit.  The proposed presentation will provide a “taster” of integrated training in the Lessac modalities, including both practical and proposed scientific foundations.  The “taster” will have value for both speech-language pathologists interested in expanding their therapeutic offerings, as well as for voice and speech trainers interested in issues of vocal health.  A longer-course version of this presentation is in preparation, which we hope to roll out in 2016. 

Please join us for a 1.25-hr presentation at the 2016 Lessac Conference in scenic Denver.

 

Event Cancellation & Refund Policy

Event Cancellation & Refund Policy
Lessac Training and Research Institute (LTRI) reserves the right to refuse/cancel registrations for events, workshops, and conferences. If LTRI refuses a registration prior to the event, registrants will be offered a refund.

Event Cancellation by LTRI
LTRI reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment, inclement weather or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If LTRI cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.

Registration Cancellation by Participant
Unless specifically stated on registration materials, the deadline to receive a refund for registration fees for all LTRI events is 30 days prior to an event. Registrants who cancel prior to 30 days, will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event for the following year. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund.

Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee or credit card holder. Refund requests must include the name of the attendee and/or transaction number. Refunds will be issued by check.

Late Registration
Unless specifically stated on registration materials, all registration fees must be paid in advance of an event. On-site registrants are subject to an additional administrative fee.

Early Departures
Unless specially stated on registration materials, no refunds will be given for participants who leave an event or workshop prior to the completion of said event.

These above policies apply to all LTRI events unless otherwise noted in the corresponding event materials. Please read all individual event information thoroughly.

Make Your Hotel Reservation

Make Your Hotel Reservation
Reservations can be made by calling Spring Hill Suites Denver Downtown 888-236-2427 and reference “Lessac”  or by clicking here  Denver hotel image


Standard room rate is $129.00 plus tax.

The last day to book a room at the discounted rate is December 7, 2015.

Guests have up until 24 hours prior to check-in to cancel their rooms.

Please do not wait to secure your reservation for this year’s Conference.
Please reserve now, your credit card will not be charged until check out.

Sustaining Your Certification Pre-Conference Workshop

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Wednesday,January 4, 2017,  the Lessac Training and Research Institute® Pre-Conference Workshop for Sustaining Certification will be held at Penn State University, State College, Pa from
9 A.M - 5 P.M..  6 hours will be scheduled for sessions initiated by the Master Teachers and by the attending certified trainers.

 


The sessions are intended to provide:

1. Recently evolved vocabulary and/or progressions of events of voice and bodywork. 
2. The refreshing experience of reviewing a voice or body training event with peers.
3. Clarity of training procedures or concepts.

The fee for this workshop is $150.00.  Registration and payment of fee is included in the 2017 Lessac Conference registration form.
The hotel will extend the conference fee for this workshop. Hotel reservations must be made separately.

This workshop will offer topics from Master Teachers and participants will also be required to submit topics to be addressed.

Tentative Schedule

9:00   -  9:15   Tune Up
9:15   - 10:30   Session One: Master Teachers’ topics
10:30 - 10:45   Break
10:45 - 12:00   Session Two: Trainers’ topics
12:00 -  2:00   Lunch
2:00   -  3:15   Session Three: Trainers’ topics
3:15   -  3:30   Break
3:30   -  4:45   Session Four: Master Teachers’ topic

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Register for this workshop on the Conference Registration form

2016 Conference Invitation

Rollingman


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May 20, 2015

Dear Lessac Friends,

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 11th Annual Conference of the Lessac Training and Research Institute, which will be held January 5-7, 2016 Denver, CO. Celebrating and returning to our first conference site, our theme this year is “Returning to Our Natural State: Tapping into Our Optimal Voice and Body .” I would like to personally invite you to begin submitting your proposals for presentations to share at this year’s conference. Please see the “Guidelines for Presentations of the Annual Lessac Institute Conferences” section on the Conference Registration Form for more information. Conference Proposal submissions are due by October 1, 2015.

On Tuesday, January 5, a Pre-Conference Workshop for Sustaining Certification will be held. Approximately 6 hours will be scheduled for sessions with topics initiated by Master Teachers and by the attending certified trainers. 
The sessions are intended to provide:
• Recently evolved vocabulary and/or progressions of events of voice and body work. 
• The refreshing experience of reviewing a voice or body training event with peers.
• Clarity of training procedures or concepts.
The fee for this workshop will be $150.00 . This will cover master teacher fees and facilities.  Attending this workshop will fulfill the recent requirement initiated by members in 2014 for sustaining certification in good standing.  The conference hotel will extend the conference rate for this event.

In addition, on Friday, January 8, this year’s conference will highlight a half-day post-conference community workshop from 1:00pm-5:00pm at the nearby Curious Theatre. This optional post-conference workshop will introduce the body work to different local communities who are drawn to our bio-dynamic approach to voice and body work and will highlight how our body energies yield the optimal voice.  So whether you are new or experienced, or just want to experience how to create this type of workshop by being a part of it, come taste the work again and get ready to explore both familiar and wilderness paths because this is Lessac For You.  Workshop will be lead by Certified Trainers, Jo Lenhart & Crystal Robbins.  Participants may extend lodging at the conference rate. Please see your Conference Registration Form for Hotel contact and reservation information.  Suggested donation of $20.00 to the Institute.

To submit a proposal, Click Here If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Looking forward to seeing you in beautiful Denver!

Sincerely,


Robin Signiture

Robin Carr, President-Elect
Conference Committee Liaison

 

Submit a Proposal for the 2017 Annual Conference

All are welcome and encouraged to submit a conference session proposal for presentation at the 2017 conference at Penn State University, State College, Pa.  The Deadline for submissions is October 1st, 2016.  Please use the electronic form to submit your proposals.  For questions or guidance contact Barry Kur, Conference Coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

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click to read conference proposal guidelines

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Click HERE to fill out your Proposal for Lessac Training and Research Institute Conference 2017


Here are some examples of sessions from recent conferences

Group FLoating at PennStateExploring the Suzuki Method of Actor Training Through the Familiar Events of the Lessac Work: Power Without Pain Strength Without Strain
In this practice-based research workshop these instructors will be sharing connections discovered between the Suzuki method of actor training and the Kinesensic and the feeling process. Participants will play with the commonalities inherently felt and perceived in both approaches. A discussion will follow in hopes to solidify theories for publication
Presenters Robin Aronson University of Southern Mississippi,Eric Berryman professional actor, Courtney E Brown TexasTech University

Music and Early Childhood Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
A paper presentation focusing on implementing music as part of educating the deaf and hard of hearing. The presenter is in the process of developing curriculum toward this goal.  This presentation may in turn evoke a discussion of how the Lessac work maybe integrated.  This session will also encourage Lessac practitioners toward outreach efforts to the deaf community.
Presenter Rebecca Tumberello Hunter College


Consonant Orchestra iBookWhat can iBooks do to Facilitate Teaching of the Consonant Orchestra
Presentation of the development of an interactive iBook as a student’s companion workbook to Arthur Lessac’s Use and Training of the Human Voice .  The workbook focuses on multi-sensory awareness of orchestra instruments and their relationship to the Lessac consonant orchestra.
Presenter Laurie Mufson, Mercersburg Academy

Tuning Out or Tuning Up ? Is There a Place for the Lessac Tune Up in the Digital World?
As technology is changing and evolving are there ways that the Lessac work can embrace emerging technology? The presenter will share her grant supported recording of a vocal-body tuneup followed by dialogue about what this emerging marketplace could mean for us as an institute both financially and creatively.
Presenter Crystal Robbins,  Santa Monica College, UCLA, theaterPLAY

Deepening the Connections in Actor Training, Lessac and Michael Chekhov
This workshop presentation will explore how the Lessac Kenesensically aware actor/student can more easily connect their voice-body training to their acting through the Michael Chekhov actior work.
Presenter Amy Blesing, University of New Hampshire

 


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Children’s Stories as an Assessment Tool for Vocal NRGs
This workshop presentation will reveal how the presenter has used children’s stories (particularly board books designed for young toddlers) as an assessment tool for the vocal NRGs in a college-level voice class.
Presenter Melissa Hurt

Body Knowledge: Intersections of Lessac KInesensics and Droznin Physical Actor Training
This workshop will explore the integration of exercises from Droznin physical actor training and Lessac Kinesensics. Participants will experience of progression of integrated exercises that cultivate individual, partner, and ensemble awareness and expressivity.
Presenter Heather Huggins, DAI Theatre Collective Schools

Lessac Institute Conference 2016

“Returning to our Natural State: Tapping into Our Optimal Voice and Body”

Lessac Training and Research Institute 2016 Annual Conference

The 11th Annual Lessac Training and Research Institute® Conference is Tuesday, January 5- Thursday, January 7, 2016

We are excited to return to our original Lessac Conference site and hope you can join us at the Spring Hill Suites in beautiful Denver, CO.  The theme for our conference is “Returning to our Natural State: Tapping into Our Optimal Voice and Body”  Our conference will include an opening reception, featured guest speaker, scheduled presentations, the annual membership meeting, and a formal banquet with keynote speaker. In addition, pre and post conference workshops are also being offered! For certified trainers, on Tuesday, January 5 there is a sustaining certification workshop and for conference attendees and the community, a 1 day post-conference workshop at Curious Theatre entitled Lessac for You is being offered.  For more details, please see the conference invitation and/or the pre-conference / post conference pages on.

This is an event you will not want to miss!

Lessac Training and Research Institute Conference Registration Form


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Click Here to see details on Spring Hill Suites and to make your Hotel Reservation

Lessac Kinesensics T-Shirt - at a Special Conference Price

You can order a Lessac Kinesensics T-Shirt at a discounted price of $15 by choosing “I want a Lessac Kinesensics T-Shirt at the conference rate” on your conference registration form.  All the shirts at this rate are Canvas Red. The brand is Greenwich T-shirt by Canvas. The fabric is 100% combed ring-spun cotton. a soft, 100% cotton tee, a lightweight, slightly fitted unisex shirt.  Sizes range from S-3XL.  You can choose your size on the registration form.  Conference Price: $15

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Lessac For You Post Conference

Rolling ManThis Optional Post-Conference powerful workshop will connect and detail how our familiar events on a foundational level demonstrate an intrinsic and organic breath support system as we introduce all the vocal and body energies.  So whether you are brand new to the work or in need of a refresher that will inspire you, come taste the work again and get ready to explore both familiar and wilderness paths because this is Lessac For You.  This workshop will be led by Certified Trainers, Crystal Robbins and Jo Lenhart.  Participants may reserve lodging at the at the conference rate. Please see the Conference Registration Form for Hotel contact and reservation information.

The workshop fee is $100 for Local Professionals, $75 for Conference Attendees, Lessac Training and Research® members or groups of 5 or more, $50 for Students with a valid ID.  Register for this post conference workshop on the conference registration form, even if you are not attending the conference.


Crystal Robbins teaching at Lessac For You West Coast WorkshopLessac For You at Mercersburg Academy


Crystal Robbins teaching at the Lessac For You West Coast Wrokshop followed by a Body Project during Lessac For You at Mercersburg Academy

Sustaining Your Certification: A                             Pre-Conference Workshop

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Thursday, January 8, 2015, the first Lessac Training and Research Institute® Pre-Conference Workshop for Sustaining Certification will be held in Memphis, Tennessee.  Approximately 6 hours will be scheduled for sessions initiated by the Master Teachers and by the attending certified trainers. 

 

 


The sessions are intended to provide:
1. Recently evolved vocabulary and/or progressions of events of voice and body work. 
2. The refreshing experience of reviewing a voice or body training event with peers.
3. Clarity of training procedures or concepts.

The fee for this workshop will be $150.00 This will cover master teacher fees, facilities overhead and contributions to the institute.  It should be noted that this fee will probable increase for subsequent workshops so it would be advantageous for certified trainers to enroll for this inaugural event.

Tentative Schedule

9:00   -  9:15   Tune Up
9:15   - 10:30   Session One: Master Teachers’ topics
10:30 - 10:45   Break
10:45 - 12:00   Session Two: Trainers’ topics
12:00 -  2:00   Lunch
2:00   -  3:15   Session Three: Trainers’ topics
3:15   -  3:30   Break
3:30   -  4:45   Session Four: Master Teachers’ topic

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Register for this workshop on the Conference Registration form