Our seasoned and innovative facilitators are committed to the individual development of each participant as well as the refinement, sophistication, and advancement of work in the field. They are passionate about co-creating a learning environment that is intellectually rigorous, creatively stimulating, and experientially empowering. Facilitators offer instruction, supervision, support, and mentorship throughout the duration of the program to assist participants with their independent processing and successful integration of their studies.
Wendy Young, M.Mus, has music degrees from New York University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Since 1997, she has been on the music faculty at Princeton University, where she teaches harpsichord, and 17th and 18th century Baroque keyboard performance practices.
Wendy has performed at many of America’s major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center, and has been heard on local and National Public Radio. In addition, Wendy has appeared at numerous festivals including the Boston Early Music, Waterloo, Pepsico Summerfare, Oregon Bach and Marlboro Music Festivals and in Europe, at Vaison-la-Romaine (France) and Spoleto (Italy).
Always striving to stretch the limits of the harpsichord, her playing can also be heard on a recording with the the Art Farmer Trio playing jazz versions of the Bach Brandenburg Concerti, and numerous commercials and movie soundtracks, including the soundtrack for the Warner Bros. movie Interview with the Vampire.
In addition to her classical background, Wendy has been studying, teaching, and practicing the healing effects of sound, music, and vibration for over 30 years, and has worked with many of the leaders in the field. While she loves and uses many modalities, including Cymatherapy and Guided Imagery and Music, her particular specialties are Himalayan Singing Bowls and sound meditation. She is the director of the Princeton Sound School, and was the Program Facilitator/Mentor for the New York Open Center’s Sound and Music Institute, a 9-month certification program in therapeutic sound and music, from 2011 – 2015. Along with Mandara Cromwell and Stephanie Rooker, Wendy helped to create ISTA’s first Integrative Sound Therapy Practitioner Certification program. She is also writing a curriculum for Princeton University’s first ever undergraduate class on the effects of sound and music on emotions and the physical body.
Ordained as an Interfaith Minister through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and formally trained as a chaplain, Wendy offers spiritual counseling for individuals, couples, and groups. Her unique style of counseling combines the use of verbal and non-verbal therapies, including mandala work, singing bowls, and music.
Stephanie Rooker is a vocalist, composer, voice teacher, sound healing facilitator, and founder of Voice Journey Sound Center in Brooklyn, NY. Stephanie’s Voice Journey® teachings integrate healthy voice technique with somatic awareness, deep listening, and fundamental principles of sound healing.
Performing since childhood, Stephanie has a background in Western Classical technique as well as Jazz, Blues, and Gospel vocal styles. Since 2007, Stephanie has distinguished herself as a force of soul on the NY scene, releasing two albums of original music – Tellin You Right Now (2008) and The Only Way Out is In (2010). Her latest recording project, Make the Way by Walking – Voice Journeys with Stephanie Rooker (2015), is a double-album of improvised music based on her Voice Journey® teachings, in collaboration with a host of master sound healing practitioners & musicians.
Stephanie earned a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from Oberlin College, under the advisement of Roderic Knight, with a special emphasis on the music of West Africa and the Diaspora – coursework that enabled her to spend four months in Ghana, studying indigenous music as a means of communal empowerment and cultural expression. In 2011, she was certified as an Integrative Sound & Music Practitioner by the NY Open Center’s Sound & Music Institute, under the direction of Don Campbell. In 2014, Stephanie completed a 200-hour certification in Yoga of the Voice, developed by Silvia Nakkach/Vox Mundi Project. And in 2016, she completed Rhiannon’s 9-month mastery-level vocal improvisation program, All the Way In.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Stephanie currently performs with guitarist Ben Tyree, the Riverside Church Inspirational Choir, among other ensembles. She works regularly with NYC-based organizations, including Community Healthcare Network and Crossing Point Arts, to share therapeutic aspects of sound and the healing capacity of the voice with the communities they serve. After serving as assistant coordinator of the NY Open Center’s Sound & Music Institute from 2011-2015 under the direction of Wendy Young, Stephanie has reunited with Wendty to co-teach a 10-month, 270 hour Sound Practitioner Certification Program for the International Sound Therapy Association, (ISTA). Stephanie also offers public workshops, community retreats, private voice gatherings, sound healing sessions, as well as voice lessons in New York & beyond.
Mandara Cromwell is the Founder and Board Chair for ISTA (The International Sound Therapy Association), producer of Cymatics~The Science of Sound and Vibrational Healing Annual Conference, CEO and President of Cyma Technologies, Inc., and 2013 Nominee for the Thomas Edison Award for Innovation in the fields of Science and Medicine for the AMI750®.
Experiencing a love for Gregorian chant as a child, Mandara continued on her sound journey after college, traveling to India to study Sanskrit chant, yoga, Ayurveda and meditation. Years later she was introduced to the world of Cymatics with the meeting of Dr. Peter Guy Manners, a British osteopath who discovered audible soundwave frequency patterns that effect cellular regeneration. Manners worked in collaboration with a group of scientists and medical doctors, for decades, formulating biosignatures and healing frequencies for each part and function of the body. These “Cymatic Signatures” create cellular symphonies that nurture and nourish our body, mind and spirit, resulting in a state of harmonious health. Since Manners passing in 2009, Cyma Technologies continues the research and development of therapeutic sound devices implementing therapeutic audible frequencies.
Mandara Cromwell lectures on behalf of the International Sound Therapy Association—an organization dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness of the power of our thoughts and words, and sound in our environment. ISTA is also dedicated to promoting therapeutic sound modalities to the healing world.