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OPA Workshop - Vocal Yoga for Postdocs

Vocal Yoga Workshop - Special Session for Postdocs Only

Vocal Yoga is a weekly voice workshop that has been offered at Stanford for over ten years, and this special session is being offered for postdocs only.


Vocal Yoga for postdocs has three sessions, you must be able to attend all three sessions if you register.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 19, April 26, and May 3, 2016

Time: noon-1:00 PM


Instructor: Thomas Freeland, Ph.D., Lecturer, Oral Communication Program. 

Dr. Thomas Freeland received his PhD in Drama from Stanford in 1999, and is a lecturer in the Oral Communication Program at Stanford where he teaches public speaking  and vocal technique. Vocal Yoga is based upon the training Dr. Freeland underwent in acting school, and he specializes in making these techniques accessible to non-actors for use in their careers.




Session 1 - General relaxation and breath control; decompression of the spine and alignment of the body; release of tension in major zones of the  body (head and neck, shoulders, arms, ribcage, lower spine, pelvis, and legs). 

Session 2 - Release of free, open, projected sound; range and resonance of tone, breath support of full vocal vibration. 

Session 3 - Shaping of sound through clear, consistent articulation; the thrill of consonants; connection to clear intention and focused delivery;  exploration of texts to seek out opportunities for the voice.   


Optional Reading:  “Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language” by Kristin Linklater

Earlier Event: April 9
Hike at Pinnacles National Park
Later Event: June 22
Surpas Council Meeting