Lisa Marsh is a member of the adjunct piano faculty at, Portland State University and Portland Community College. As Director of the Coordinate Movement Program at Portland State University she specializes in retraining injured musicians. Her courses focus on injury prevention, health and well being for musicians and mind-body connections for increased artistry and creativity. She received her Bachelor of Science in Music and Master of Music in Performance from Portland State University. Additional background in somatic education includes 19 years as a Registered Nurse in the fields of Neurosurgery and Emergency Medicine, 8 years of piano technique study at the Taubman Institute of Piano and 10 years of study of the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping with Barbara Conable. Ms. Marsh is a certified Andover Educator and a designated Sponsoring Teacher for licensing trainees in Body Mapping.
As a solo performer, she specializes in presenting 20th century music, original compositions and works by Northwest composers. Ms. Marsh is pianist with the Marsh-Titterington Piano Duo, former Principal Keyboard with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and collaborates frequently with Portland area chamber musicians. For more information on Lisa's musical scores and latest album, visit LisaAnnMarsh.com.
During her twenty-two years as an Alexander Technique teacher Barbara Conable helped to save hundreds of musical careers and to enhance hundreds more. She experienced frustration, however, because she knew that thousands more musicians were losing careers and capacity. To enhance her effectiveness, she wrote the book What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body and developed a Body Mapping course by the same name which is now taught by Andover Educators around the world. She co-founded the Coordinate Movement Program at Portland State University in 2002 to help retrain injured pianists. Barbara Conable is the author of How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students, What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body and The Structures and Movement of Breathing. Now retired from teaching, Barbara Conable continues to develop the theory and practice of Body Mapping.
Liz Kohl is a pianist, instructor, and performer living in Portland, Oregon. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Dance Minor from University of Washington and was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship at Baylor University where she earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. During her Master's degree, Liz started to notice that many of her undergraduate students held a lot of unnecessary tension in their bodies. Because of this, she decided to pursue certification to be a yoga instructor and received her 200-Hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga in Portland, OR. Upon returning to Baylor, Liz began incorporating yoga in her piano instruction and offering free yoga classes at Baylor to music students. She was then able to combine her experiences teaching yoga and research in body wellness in her thesis, "Cultivating Awareness in the Piano Student."
Liz works locally as a piano instructor and the Director of Piano Studios and Co-Director of Education at Hoffman Academy. She also maintains a private piano studio and works as a freelance collaborative pianist. Liz is a worship leader at her church, Hope PCA, where she leads congregational singing, programs music, and coordinates volunteer musicians.