Our History and Purpose

Founded in 2008 by Uri and Hagit Vardi, Your Body Is Your Strad (formerly known as Feldenkrais for Musicians/National Summer Cello Institute) is an annual summer institute that emphasizes the somatic and holistic approach to performing and teaching. Starting in 2018, the institute has moved from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to Caroga Lake, NY, and is hosted by Caroga Arts Collective.

The purpose of our workshops is to help musicians become aware of the intimate relationship between the way that they use their body and the music they create. The benefit of this enhanced awareness includes an increase in artistic vocabulary, in the ability to more efficiently express musical intention, in the prevention of pain and injury, and in expedient healing from current injury.