Diane Foust to present Alexander technique master class Jan. 7

Jan. 4, 2010

Diane Foust, professor of music at Viterbo University, will hold a master class and informal session about the Alexander Technique on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 1:30-3:45 p.m. in the choir room of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

Both sessions are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Alexander Technique is an educational discipline, focusing on bodily coordination and principles of awareness that is applied to the mastery of performing arts.

Foust has been on the Viterbo University music faculty since 1985. She holds the doctor of education degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she gave several recitals and sang with the Illinois Opera Theatre.

Foust has sung solos with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Opera, the Jackson (Miss.) Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Pops Orchestra, and the Choral Society of Greensboro; she has toured with the Children’s Opera Theatre of the Arkansas Opera.

Foust directs the 9th Street Singers and teaches music theory. She has been music director for numerous Viterbo productions, conducting orchestras and playing keyboard.

In 1996 Foust was named Viterbo University’s “Teacher of the Year.”

Foust is governor of the Wisconsin district of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, a member of the American Choral Directors Association, and is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International.

Foust’s visit is sponsored by the Lecture and Fine Arts and the Humanities Division Speakers’ Fund.