Biography

Ms. Schiff is a full time professor of The Alexander Technique at The Juilliard School and a guest teaching artist for various schools and organizations nationally and internationally. She has been a faculty member of the Juilliard School since 1991 and was in residence at The Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 - 2015.

Beginning in September of 2018, Ms. Schiff begins an additional role as Associate Director of Teacher Training at The Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique in New York City. She joined the Teacher Training Faculty in September of 2017 and continues currently as a Senior Faculty member.

Ms. Schiff qualified as a Teacher of the Alexander Technique at ACAT-New York in 1987 and continued with postgraduate training with Walter and Dilys Carrington at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London.

She is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Music in Trumpet Performance and has her Masters degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music.

She served as the Alexander Technique Teacher for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. She also served on the senior faculty of the American Center for the Alexander Technique's Teacher Certification Program.

She has been a guest teaching artist at institutions including the University of Maryland Opera Studio, The New World Symphony, The U.S. Army Field Band and the U.S. Army Soldier's Chorus, The U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, The San Diego Symphony, and The Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany.

She has presented Master Classes at institutions including The Metropolitan Opera, The Juilliard School, Opera America, The Academy (ACJW) at Carnegie Hall, Manhattan School of Music, Fort Meade, West Point, The Special Music School in New York, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, The National Orchestral Institute, The Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and The New York Youth Symphony, Theater Aspen, The Aspen Club, and The American Center for the Alexander Technique.

In 2013, she assisted in organizing and taught the Alexander Technique for Anna Deavere Smith's Acting and Empathy course in San Francisco. She returned to San Francisco in 2014 to work with Ms. Smith's course, Personal Narratives: Global Identities.

Ms. Schiff is a recognized senior teacher of the Alexander Technique by the American Society for the Alexander Technique and has presented master classes at the AmSAT Annual Meetings in San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Las Vegas , New York City Boston and Minneapolis. She produced AmSAT's 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting in New York, the largest and most successful gathering of Alexander Technique Teachers in its history.

In 2011 she was a guest lecturer on teaching the Alexander Technique in schools of music for The International Congress for the Alexander Technique in Lugano, Switzerland.

Ms. Schiff served on the Board of Directors of the Aspen Music Festival and School as Chair of the Music Committee for nine years and was President and Chairman of the Board of The American Center for the Alexander Technique for five years.

She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of The American Society for the Alexander Technique.

Ms. Schiff has a private Alexander Technique practice in NYC. She is the founding director of Flight Feather Productions, LLC.,an organization for creating and supporting uplifting educational experiences for performers and those who perform. With composer Lance Horne, she is the Co-Director of Creativity Lab, a program for inspiring community and collaboration through collective creativity.

As a committed recreational runner, she has completed four marathons, several half marathons, and countless 10ks, 5 Milers, 4 Milers, and 5ks.