Participants at a workshop at the Alexander Technique 9th International Congress 2011

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Photo of Beret Arcaya, presenter at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

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Beret Arcaya was born in New York. She was accepted into the Juilliard School of Music. As an actress she has appeared in professional summer theatres and on TV in leading roles. Her Vocal training at Juilliard was misdirected but she came across the comprehensive method by Manuel Garcia II (1804-1906) and the self-discovery and freedom she experienced in this process set her on the creative path to which she remains dedicated. Then in 1975 she found the Alexander Technique and studied privately until 1978, when she joined the ACAT-New York teacher-training program under the auspices of Judith Liebowitz. The addition of Alexander's principles joined together with the Garcia method were the united parts of a visceral understanding. She actually felt what Garcia means when he says we must breathe and sing without effort.

She received her Teaching Certificate in 1981. From 1981 until today her successful teaching practice caters to many people in the performing arts. She was a founding member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique NASTAT now AmSAT and the Spanish Society of Alexander teachers as well APTAE).

She has taught and performed classical vocal music in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy and Venezuela. From 1992 until 1999 she gave an annual two-week intensive workshop in the Alexander Technique for musicians at the Salzburg Easter festival, under the auspices of the Kominsky Foundation. She taught Voice/Alexander in Madrid from 1988 to 2001. In 1996 she retrained with Walter and Dilys Carrington in London, and completed another 3 years of training with them. She finished her studies at CTC in 2005. Ms. Arcaya is a member of the Spanish (APTAE), English (STAT) and American (AmSAT) Societies for the Alexander Technique. She continues to maintain a very active teaching practice.

She has just finished an edited translation of The Complete Treatise on the Art of Singing vol I (pub. 1847 Paris) by Manuel Garcia 1804-1906. To this thorough treatise on the singing voice and its training, she has added the Alexander Technique reflecting the way she teaches both these highly complementary disciplines (release date - fall 2014).

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