Dalcroze Institute Emeritus & Guest Faculty

Lisa Parker, Director Emeritus, Dalcroze Summer Institute

Lisa Parker received her Dalcroze training at the New York Dalcroze School under Dr. Hilda Schuster. In 1965 she earned the Diplome, the highest degree in Dalcroze studies at the Institut Jacques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a graduate cum laude of Smith College and received a MM from New England Conservatory of Music in Orchestral Conducting. She was conductor of the New England Conservatory Youth Singers for six years.

Lisa arrived in Boston in 1959 and began the exciting work of introducing the Dalcroze Method in area music schools: NEC, where she taught until 1971, Powers Music School, All Newton Music School, the Wellesley, North Shore and Boston branches of NEC Prep. Most of these programs are still running, taught by alumni of the Longy Dalcroze program.

She has taught at Longy since 1977 and worked to build a department which is recognized and praised throughout the Dalcroze world. In 2003, Lisa was awarded the first George Seaman award for excellence in teaching.

She has given workshops in Dalcroze Eurhythmics in many European countries as well as Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan and Taiwan. She has taught at every International Congress at the Institut Jacques-Dalcroze since 1979. She is a frequent workshop leader in workshops all over the USA.

Lisa has created many musical shows for children, which are innovative, interactive, improvisational and original. All of these shows, which combine story, movement, improvisation, as well as classical and folk music, have been performed at Longy as part of the Family Concert Series:Bartok, the Story of Bela BartokKipling’s How the Elephant Got His TrunkA Musical Zoo and The Bells of Merliee with author and singer Jennifer Smith.

She is the founder of Longy’s Music Alive, a group of eight players, originally with Young Audiences of Massachusetts and known for Curious George Goes to Music School and Sebastian, the Story of J.S. Bach, both of which have palyed for many years on the Longy Family Series concerts.

Lisa taught for three years at the Stearns Institute at Ravinia, working with singers on rhythm as well as dramatic expression. She has also played numerous two-piano improvisation concerts with colleague Anne Farber from New York.

New areas of interest continue to draw Lisa and this fall she will start a eurhythmics class for senior citizens.

New York Dalcroze School under Dr. Hilda Schuster; Institut Jacques-Dalcroze (Geneva) Diplome; Smith College, BA cum laude; New England Conservatory, MM; Dalcroze Society of America; Faculty: Longy School of Music, NEC, Powers Music School, All Newton Music School, International Congress at the Institut Jacques-Dalcroze, Stearns Institute at Ravinia.

Dr. Ruth Alperson, Diplôme Supérieur

Ruth Alperson is Dean of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, in Scarsdale, New York, where she directs the Dalcroze Teacher Training Program. She is on the faculty of The Diller-Quaile School of Music, in New York City, where she teaches a graduate course in Dalcroze Methodology.

Dr. Alperson has a B.A. in music from Oberlin College; she earned a Ph.D. in Arts and Humanities from New York University. Dr. Alperson holds the Licentiate from The Dalcroze Teachers Training Course, London, England, and the Diplôme Supérieur from L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Alperson is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies. Dr. Alperson has given Dalcroze workshops in the U.S.and Canada, Mexico, The Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Greece. She is a pianist, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference.

Hélène Nicolet, Diplôme Supérieur

Teaching at the Haute École de Musique (Geneva) in the music and movement department, Hélène Nicolet trains professional Dalcroze students in their Bachelor and Master studies.

She works as well in the administration of the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, for several domains like seniors and the special needs department, international relationships, diplôme supérieur training program, Summer course and visits, etc.

She regularly teaches aboard for Dalcroze events/courses in Asia, America and Europe. She has 10 years of experience of teaching in primary schools.

Alissa Cardone, Movement Specialist

Alissa Cardone is an award-winning nationally recognized choreographer, performer, teacher and curator who specializes in collaborations bridging dance, film, music, technology, and fine art.

Her intermedia performance collaborative, Kinodance, was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to watch” (2008) and toured nationally and internationally in Russia and Armenia. Her 20 years of experience as a movement artist, somatics practitioner, and anatomist, greatly informs her role as a dance educator. She is Associate Professor of Dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she teaches Modern Technique, Embodied Anatomy and Dance on Film & Video.