Currently, we have 33 certificate holders around the globe.

Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
Tomie Hahn Director
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Bill Stevens

Bill Stevens (1977) is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Pi Kappa Lambda, with a major in music composition and an independently designed major in oral music. His work has been recognized by organizations including the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (level one finalist, music composition) and the Whitehouse Commission on Presidential Scholars (1995). He is a member of the faculty of the Walden School Young Musicians Program and Teacher Training Institute, where he has designed and implemented the Jazz Musicianship curriculum. Bill is currently a fourth year student with Helix Training, a ministerial program bringing together psychological and spiritual teachings for the purposes of healing and transformation.


Will Swofford Cameron

Will Swofford Cameron is a composer/improviser, filmmaker, writer and curator living in Brooklyn, NY, and is the founder of Saturnalia, a media consultancy and outsider publishing label dedicated to digital collaborations with artists, composers and experimental filmmakers. In the present time cycle he has been devoted to a continuum of solo performances and collaborations known as anahata: the rituals of akasha.

He has studied with noted composers Anthony Braxton, La Monte Young, Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Lucier, Pak Sumarsam and B. Balasubrahmaniyan. In 2004, Will received a three-year Deep Listening Retreat certificate and is an active workshop leader in the Deep Listening practice. At Wesleyan, he organized the student forum Deep Listening, Improvisation, and Ritual, a credited undergraduate tutorial introducing listening meditation and experimental music to a large group of academically diverse students.


Phala Tracy

Phala Tracy - Harpist, composer, improviser, arranger, teacher, poet, deep listener. Phala is a versatile performer. From classical to pop, ragtime to free improvisation, she pushes the boundary of what one has come to expect from the pedal harp. A lover of nonsense, many of her songs and poems are imbued with a spirit of nonsensical whimsy. Her first album, “Critter Songs” is a collection of playful, imaginative songs for children. Phala lives and works in Minneapolis, MN where she teaches harp at the MacPhail Center for Music and Gustavus Adolphus College. BM Oberlin Conservatory of Music, MFA California Institute of the Arts.


Angelique Van Berlo

Katharina von Rütte


Katharina von Rütte lives and works as a singer (roots in Jazz), improviser, singing teacher, composer and lyricist/poet in Basel, Switzerland. She calls her current project "Continuous Weaving." There she creates with her voice an ongoing stream of music interweaving improvisations with her compositions, jazz standards and silence. It is a slow walk from moment to moment between silence and sound. She sings solo or accompanies her voice with two differently tuned acoustic guitars or piano.


Sarah Weaver

Weaver is a composer/improviser/performer based in New York. She is Artistic Director of multidisciplinary performance group Weave and Executive Director of the International Society for Improvised Music. Weaver plays trombone, didjeridu, and conch shell, and has performed at major venues throughout the United States. She has played with legendary performers Pauline Oliveros, Marilyn Crispell, Karl Berger, David Liebman, Walter Thompson, and Francois Jeanneau, among others. Weaver also teaches and advocates creative music education programs, making conference presentations and teaching programs on authentic creativity through listening.


Julia White

Julia White is a visual artist who is passionate about the power of creativity to heal and transform us, both personally and globally. Her most recent work, for example, Threads of Peace was initiated out of a need to reconnect with her own inner peace. Julia spends each day with her children, ages 1 and 2; a rich and wonderful experience! However, when friends would ask how she was coping, she would often reply, "I am holding a thread." Listening to herself, she realized- this thread was peace. So, with thread in hand, Julia embarked upon a new creative journey, where art is ritual and peace...she discovered, is within.

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Gayle Young

Gayle Young plays two instruments of her own design. The amaranth is a 24-stringed zither with moveable bridges, based on an instrument built by Lou Harrison, and sharing many features of oriental stringed instruments such as the koto. The columbine is a percussion instrument using 61 steel tubes placed horizontally over a resonator, with a just intonation tuning of 23 pitches per octave.

Young is also the author of The Sackbut Blues, the biography of Hugh Le Caine, an early innovator in electronic instrument design. She has published many articles on aspects on musical innovation, and was the editor of Musicworks Magazine between 1988 and 2006; she is now the publisher.

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Christine Zehnder-Probst

Christine Zehnder-Probst (1953) lives in Raeterschen, Switzerland. music educator, improviser, pianist, Deep Listening certificate holder, certificate holder for improvised chamber music of the Hochschule für Musik, Basel.
For the past 14 years she has tought music and improvisation to numerous groups of children and adults and has a longstanding experience in creating musical performances and theaters with children in public schools.
Started up and teaches „GANZ OHR“, a regular listening and improvising training for earminded adults in Winterthur, Switzerland. As a musician she works and performs regularly with various ensembles. Instruments include piano, wooden flutes, voice and „Schwyzeroergeli“.