Healthy Musicians

Healthy Musicians 

 

A podcast series of conversations with musicians about their stories and their advice for staying healthy, whether you're bending over a computer or a guitar, talking or singing.

Pianist and teacher Rebecca Penneys’ early experiences with dance, music, and illness shaped her ideas about wellness.  She explains what it means to “dance at the piano.”

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Singer and teacher Allyn Van Dusen made a health resolution about five years ago.  She explains what it was and how it’s changed her life.

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Guitarist Nicholas Goluses lost a lot of weight in 2012. He talks with WXXI’s Brenda Tremblay about how he did it and why he’s embraced technologies that older guitarists have rejected.

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Percussionist Kristin Shiner McGuire tells the story of how a moment of frustration at the Department of Motor Vehicles landed her in physical therapy. She describes her lifelong passion for fitness, and what she tells students who show up for lessons without breakfast. Kristen has been the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Nazareth College since 1984. She is known internationally as a drummer, percussionist, singer, composer, and teacher. Her credits range from playing drums and singing lead vocals in rock and jazz groups, to performing with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Pan Gaia Steel Band, as well as for artists Johnny Mathis and Clark Terry.

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Dr. C. Michael Haben, a Rochester physician who specializes in care of the voice, offers advice for keeping your voice healthy during the cold winter months, whether you sing, talk, or teach all day. He recommends a specific beverage and a unique way of thinking about your instrument.

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Violist Carol Rodland of the Eastman School of Music explains why Pilates became important to her long before movie stars picked it up. She'll also describe the common problems college students run into when they arrive at a conservatory, how to avoid them, and what she does to cultivate mindfulness and joy in her daily life.

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