PROGRAM FACILITATORS

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

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 Soundfulness 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 Therapeutic Sound Practitioner training 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 Soundfulness Meditation, mandala work, singing bowls, and music.

 

STEPHANIE ROOKER

Stephanie Rooker is a vocalist, composer, voice teacher, therapeutic sound facilitator, and founder of Voice Journey Sound Center in Brooklyn, NY. She brings a dynamic, cross-cultural, and multidimensional perspective on sound, especially the human voice, to awaken the medicine of sound within us all for holistic well-being, personal growth, and creative empowerment. Her Voice Journey® teachings are grounded in over 18 years of vocal training and are inspired by studies with pioneers in the field of sound healing, including Silvia Nakkach, John Beaulieu, Louise Montello, Pat Moffitt Cook, David Hykes, and Don Campbell.

Performing since childhood, Stephanie has a background in Western Classical technique as well as Jazz, Blues, and Gospel vocal styles. Since 2007, she has distinguished herself as a force of soul on the NY music 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 with a special emphasis on the music of West Africa and the Diaspora from Oberlin College, under the advisement of Roderic Knight. This coursework led her to spend four months in Ghana, where she studied traditional music as a means of cultural expression and communal empowerment for the Ashanti, Dagomba and Ga tribes and produced an album of her field recordings, Music from Ghana (2004). In 2011, Stephanie 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, she completed a 200-hour practitioner 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. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College.

Stephanie performs with the Riverside Church Inspirational Choir and guitarist Ben Tyree, among other NY-based musicians. She works as a therapeutic sound practitioner and teacher with Community Healthcare Network and Crossing Point Arts, which provide health & wellness services to underserved communities and arts workshops to survivors of human trafficking, respectively. After working as assistant coordinator of the NY Open Center’s Sound & Music Institute from 2012-2015 under the direction of Wendy Young, Stephanie reunited with Wendy in 2017 to develop and co-teach a 200-hour Therapeutic Sound Practitioner training for the International Sound Therapy Association (ISTA). Stephanie also offers therapeutic sound sessions and voice lessons, public workshops and retreats, and private voice gatherings in New York & beyond.

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