Intermission offers capsule Sessions in which Melissa and Elena visit schools, organizations, and festivals to work with students of all ages and stages on connecting their minds, bodies, and breath to music-making through an introduction to yoga. Groups are guided through safe yoga sequences with an emphasis on preparing the body for instrumental practice sessions or performances: for example, arm and hand stretches to warm the muscles, breathing techniques to relax and center oneself before a nerve-wracking stage appearance, and stacking the body from the soles of the feet to the crown of the head to achieve optimal alignment. These movement sessions are then supplemented by instrumental masterclasses or lessons, where Melissa and Elena teach with an emphasis on applying what students have explored on the yoga mat to their musical studies.

If you or your organization are interested in taking an Intermission, please send us an email!

Upcoming virtual Intermission Sessions include:

  • Cleveland Institute of Music (October 20, 2020)

  • Benedetti Foundation Virtual Sessions (October 24, 2020)

  • Juilliard's MAP program (November 21, 2020)

Recent virtual Intermission Sessions include:


  • Sphinx Performance Academy, hosted by Juilliard, Curtis, and CIM (June-August, 2020)

  • Heifetz International Music Institute (July 12-25, 2020)

  • Benedetti Foundation Virtual Sessions (May 2020)

  • NSO Summer Music Institute (July 22, 2020)

  • Temple Music Prep (July 11, 2020)

​Recent in-person Intermission Sessions include:

  • From The Top in Key West, FL (January 17, 2020)

  • University of South Carolina (September 23-26, 2019)

  • Middlebury (VT) Community Music Center (August 25-26, 2019)

  • Heifetz International Music Institute (July 15-26, 2019)

  • Cheltenham Music Festival in England (July 6-14, 2019) 

  • Sphinx Connect (February 1-2, 2019)

  • Interlochen Arts Academy (January 7-16, 2019)

  • Bein & Fushi (January 5, 2019)

  • Oberlin Conservatory (October 31, 2018)

  • Chamber Music by the Sea (August 16, 2018)

  • Sphinx Performance Academy (June 17, 2018)

  • Curtis Institute of Music (April 14, 2018)

  • Project 440 (October 11, 2017)

  • Mannes School of Music (September 19, 2017)

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