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Soprano presents recital, Alexander Technique workshop at Milligan

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TENN. (August 31, 2007) — Barbara Hudson, coloratura soprano, will present a voice recital on the Milligan College campus Friday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. The following morning she will present a workshop on the Alexander Technique for Musicians from 9 to 11 a.m.

Hudson, assistant professor of music at Bluefield College (Va.), is a certified teacher of Alexander Technique. The technique is a mind-body strategy first developed by Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955), a native of Tasmania, who had become an actor in Melbourne, Australia. Alexander discovered ways to eliminate unnecessary tensions in the body with a healthy approach to posture, breathing, and laryngeal manipulation. Many musicians and other performers find that the technique helps to eliminate hoarseness, unpleasant tone, intonation problems and pain.

A graduate of James Madison University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Hudson holds a doctor of musical arts degree with a concentration in vocal pedagogy from the University of Mississippi. She was certified in the teaching of Alexander Technique at the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia and was granted an additional teaching credential with Alexander Technique International in 2003. She conducts Alexander Technique workshops throughout the United States.

During the Friday evening program, Hudson will perform works by Haydn, Handel, Mendelssohn, Chaminade, Massenet, Gershwin and others. She will be accompanied by Connie Bull, also of Bluefield College. One portion of the vocal recital will also feature liturgical dance, performed by Martha Chaffins.

The voice recital and workshop are free and open to the public. Both will be held in Walker Auditorium in the lower level of Seeger Chapel on the Milligan campus. For additional information, contact Rita Myers at 423.461.8723.

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