Alexander Technique    Joan & Alex Murray

 
 

Directors Joan and Alex Murray met Professor Raymond Dart in 1967. He cooperated in and inspired Joan and Alex’s ongoing investigation into human developmental movement as it relates to the Alexander Technique. They developed the Dart Procedures, an innovative process that influences Alexander Technique teaching throughout the world.

The Murray’s experience of the Alexander Technique began in 1955 with Charles Neil, and continued after his death in 1958, with Walter Carrington. They spent nine years working with Walter Carrington, who was F.M. Alexander’s principal assistant at the time of his death in 1955. They worked with and were friends of many first generation teachers, including: Majorie Barstow, Dilys Carrington, Frank and Helen Jones, Patrick Macdonald, Charles Neil, John Skinner, Peter Scott, Tony Spawforth, Richard and Elizabeth Walker, Lulie Westfelt, Kitty Wielopolska, and Peggy Williams.

The Murray’s have taught extensively in London, the United States and Europe, in universities and conservatories.  During their early years in London, Joan was a well-known dancer in many major musical productions, including in My Fair Lady and The King and I.  Alex was principal flute in major orchestras, including the Royal Opera and the London Symphony Orchestra.  Alex became Professor of Flute at Michigan State University, 1967 - 1974.  Joan taught the Technique to his students and colleagues in the Music School.  Alex spent three years at the Royal Dutch Conservatory in the Hague, during which time, Joan taught extensively in Holland and London.  They returned to the United States when, in 1977 Alex was appointed Professor of Flute at the University of Illinois, a position he held until his retirement in 2002. Since then he has devoted himself full-time to the Alexander Technique. In 2015 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Flute Association. He was on the board of directors when it was formed in 1973. Joan has maintained a private teaching practice and teacher-training course since moving to Illinois in 1977.

In September of 2018, Joan and Alex were given the Illinois Arts Legacy Award.

“I know so many in this town who have benefitted from your work, and from the work of those you trained. Among the richest forms of memory as you know well, is body memory. And now all around us is the walking archive of your work, forms of movement stored and transferred. WHAT A LEGACY! Thank you for your long and dedicated service to our college and community.”

Kevin Hamilton, Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois

Illinois Arts Legacy Award

 

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Joan Murray
Alex Murray


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