Currently, we have 33 certificate holders around the globe.

Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
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Heloise Gold

Heloise Gold lives in Austin Texas. She is a performing artist, choreographer, dancer , t’ai chi/chi gong instructor and co-founder of Art from the Streets (a project for homeless artists). She has been co-leading deep listening retreats with Pauline Oliveros and Ione since their inception in 1991.

Originally from NYC, she trained in ballet since the age of 4 and as a young teen performed with the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets during their early visits to the US. In her early 20’s her interests shifted to experimental forms. She studied and performed with Robert Wilson, Simone Forti and was a member of Quena Company (an experimental open theatre ensemble). Gold moved to Austin in 1978 and performed and toured with the Deborah Hay Dance Company for 5 years. In 1980 she started creating her own full length works. Her love of ritual, improvisation, collaboration, social issues, comedy and the absurd always play a big part in her pieces.

Heloise is the recipient of many grants from the City of Austin, the Texas Commission for the Arts and a new forms initiative from the NEA.

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Janet Hammock

Janet Hammock, composer and pianist, was born in 1942 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She holds an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto, and both Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. She has studied music at the Banff School of Fine Arts, in New York City on a Canada Council Grant, and at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut. Her performances of solo and collaborative piano music have been presented across Canada, in the United States, and in Europe. She has often commissioned other Canadian composers, including, most recently, Michael Miller, Ann Southam and Alasdair MacLean, to write works for her to premiere. Her recitals have been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and by Radio Canada.

After teaching at the university level for 31 years, Janet took an early retirement in 2001 and was appointed Professor Emeritus of Music at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Recent performances have included several imaginative collaborative recitals of poetry and piano music with colleague Dr. Robert Lapp: The Sights and Sounds of Childhood and Celebrating the Romantic Spirit in Poetry and Music. Together with Lapp she presented a paper entitled Performing Byron: Alongside Liszt, Chopin and Keats at the 2004 International Byron Conference: Byron and the Romantic Sublime. They are currently developing a series of performances and lectures designed to illuminate the nocturne in 19th and 20th century piano music, poetry and painting. Nocturne performances are planned Eastern Canada and the United States between August 2007 and April 2008.

Pauline Oliveros has long been an influence on Janet's creative work since their first meeting in the mid-60's. Since that time, she has taken workshops with Oliveros in Newfoundland while at Sound Symposium, and completed three Deep Listening Retreats with Oliveros, Ione, and Heloise Gold at Rose Mountain, New Mexico. After becoming a Certified Deep Listening practitioner, Janet created and taught a university course designed for both music and non-music majors - Sonic Explorations - rooted in the practice of Deep Listening. Her teaching also opens “earlids” through the use of innovative listening exercises developed by the world-renowned Canadian acoustic ecologist, educator and composer, R. Murray Schafer. In her lectures, demonstrations and workshops Janet skillfully adapts listening strategies to specific groups of individuals in various professions and life stages. Most recently, in July 2006 at New Brunswick’s Festival by the Marsh, teens and adults participated together in her DL workshop whimsically titled Sirius Listening in the Year of the Dog! She has been invited to conduct two Deep Listening sessions in May, 2008 at Podium 2008, Choral Waves - Ondes Chorales, the national conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors.


Marc Jensen

Kathy Kennedy

Kathy Kennedy is a sound artist whose practice generally involves the voice and issues of interface with technology, often using telephony or radio. She is also a singing teacher, choral director and arranger, and a community artist living in Montreal, and is a founder of the digital media center for women in Canada, Studio XX. Her large scale sonic installation/performances for up to 100 singers and radio, called "sonic choreographies," have been performed internationally including the inauguration of the Vancouver New Public Library and at the Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Series. This year's HMMM performance piece in Montreal involved several thousand hummers along the city's main street.


Norman Lowrey

Norman Lowrey is a mask maker/composer, Chair of the Music Department at Drew University with Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music. He is the originator of Singing Masks, which incorporate flutes, reeds, ratchets and other sounding devices. He has presented Singing Mask ceremony/performances at such locations as Plan B and SITE Santa Fe in Santa Fe New Mexico, Roulette and Lincoln Center in New York, and at the site of pictograph caves outside Billings, Montana. His most recent work has been making virtual versions of his masks for use by the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse online in Second Life.

"Musical imagination (and all art as far as I'm concerned) begins with listening. The Deep Listening Institute is doing work which is at music/art's heart. It's at the core of my life/work. To quote Keith Jarrett, "It's all about listening... and being ready.""

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Dominique Mazeaud

Dominique Mazeaud's passion is to put her art in service of her community and beyond. In interactive performances like “The Point of Tears” created for her 'peace through culture' tour of Colombia in 2001 and 2002, “The Sorry Book Traveling Shrine” for Peace Day in 2006 or “The Priestess of Generosity” created for the Network of Spiritual Progressives' Generosity Sunday in 2007, she creates spaces for a deep listening to the heart. Since 1979, her calling has been to find “the spiritual in art” and her journey hence has centered on uncovering the meaning of the word 'heartist.'

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Kim McCarthy

Kimberly A. McCarthy, Ph.D., M.M. first met Pauline Oliveros in 1979 via a one paragraph description in “Grout,” the canon of classical music history. The second meeting occurred at a conference in 1984. McCarthy zombied up to Pauline and said “This…is…an...important…meeting.” Pauline quickly looked for the nearest exit, all too familiar with the groupie psyche. In 1991 Kim was crabby. She didn’t want to go to the concert. In a huff she plopped down in the dark, third-tier seat. But something caught her eye. It was a head. Seated before her. There was…something…familiar. Shock and excitement set in as in this chance event Kim realized it was Pauline Oliveros. THIS WAS A SIGN!

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Brigitte Meyer

Brigitte Meyer (1954)
I am a dl-certificate holder and live in St.Gallen, Switzerland.
I consider myself an improviser in life and in music making (cello and voice)
In my work with people as a counsellor, director or mentor, listening is part of my daily job. Recent collaborations took or take place with Christine Zehnder-Probst (musician); Andrea Graf (author), Helen Davey (musician).
I play in various bands, who have nice names like “Spieltrieb East”; “Bunte Hörschlaufen and “Cantastrozzi” CD: “Work in Progress”; Instant Composings for Cello and Voice (2005)

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Michelle Nagai

Brooklyn-based composer Michelle Nagai utilizes sound, physicality and concept to create site-specific performances, installations, radio broadcasts, dances and other interactions that address the human state in relationship to its setting. Recent creative projects incorporate through-composed and improvised music for acoustic instruments and electronics, as well as natural environments, found objects, video, costumes, texts and structures fabricated from a variety of media. In addition, she has developed a number of web-based projects centered on the topic of soundwalking. Nagai’s work has been presented throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She has been supported by the American Composers Forum, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, Meet the Composer and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Nagai is a founding member of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology and holds a teaching certificate from the Deep Listening Institute.

Kristin Norderval

Kristin Norderval is a classically trained singer, improviser, and composer. Profiled by The New York Times in "Downtown Divas Expand their Horizons" and hailed as one of "new music's best" by the Village Voice, she performs a repertoire that spans the renaissance to the avant-garde. Both as a composer and as a performer Ms. Norderval has specialized in developing new works for voice and chamber ensembles, with special emphasis on small scale opera, multi-media, cross-disciplinary work, and works with interactive technology. Her collaborations have included work with choreographers, sculptors, filmmakers and installation artists as well as numerous new music ensembles. Commissions have included works for Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen, the Bucharest International Dance Festival in Romania, and jill sigman/thinkdance in New York City. She was the recipient of a Norwegian State Artist’s Stipend (Statens kunstnerstipend) in 2004 and 2005 for the development of new multi-disciplinary work, the American Music Center’s Henry Cowell Award in 2005, and the Jerome Composer's Commissioning Program in 2006. Upcoming commissions include works for the Parthenia viol consort and a multi-media work for DVD for the composer consortium "Sounding Out". Norderval's credits as a soloist include performances with the Netherlands Dance Theater, the San Francisco Symphony, the Oslo Sinfonietta and the Philip Glass Ensemble. She has recorded for CRI, Nonesuch, Mode, Deep Listening, Eurydice, Aurora and Point records. Norderval is currently a research fellow at Østfold University College in Norway.

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