Workshop “Tools for Playing the Piano with Ease”

WHEN: SEPTEMBER 21 , 2018 , Friday
WHERE: 4640 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
RSVP: September 15, 2018
In this workshop we will explore how to play the piano with ease, by recognizing common patterns of tension for pianists and learning tools to release those patterns. We will incorporate the principles of the Alexander Technique so that pianists can discover a whole body awareness and freedom when they play.

Darci Balkcom is a singer, Alexander teacher, and yoga instructor living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Darci is the Vocal Division Coordinator and Alexander Technique teacher at New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe and privately. She leads workshops in Alexander Technique, Vocal Health, and Yoga for Vocalists.   She is on the faculty at Montecito Music Festival, Los Angeles, teaching both Alexander Technique and Yoga for singers. As a guest teacher, Darci has taught Alexander technique around the United States at places like University of Texas El Paso, University of New Mexico, Rio Grande NATS Chapter, Santa Fe Opera, and the University of Alaska.

Darci holds a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico. In 2010, after experiencing severe tension and vocal fatigue for a couple years, Darci became fascinated by body awareness and the vocal freedom that Alexander Technique made possible for her to rediscover. Darci became a certified Alexander Technique teacher by studying at The Contemporary Alexander School, a 1600 hr program. Additional trainings include becoming a certified yoga teacher with Barkan Method Yoga, currently studying Yoga of the Voice, and Body-Breath-Sound Technique. As a professional performer, Darci has sung as a soloist in oratorio and opera with groups such as Boulder Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, La Musica Lirica in Italy, and Quintessence. Darci’s experience and love of music spans many genres including, musical theatre, chant, gaelic, folk, art song, and opera.

Darci is a very passionate educator and performer, constantly inspired to further her knowledge of the body, mind, voice, and music. She is dedicated to applying the principles inspired by the work of F.M. Alexander to her teaching and life.