Past Hilliard Discussion Scholars

Ms. Jennie Morton - 2017 Hilliard Discussion Scholar

Ms. Jennie Morton - 2017 Hilliard Discussion Scholar

Jennie Morton

Healthy Performers, Los Angeles

The Physiology Of Dancing And Singing: The Work Of A Triple Threat

Originally from the UK, Jennie began her career as a classical Ballet dancer before moving into musical theatre, performing on tour and in the West End for many years. She then became the lead singer of a top UK Big Band and is now an Osteopath specializing in the treatment of all performing artists. Now living in Los Angeles, she runs a clinic for performing artists, and also offers performance coaching for singers, actors, instrumentalists, and dancers. She is an adjunct professor at Chapman University, where she works with both the dance and music students, and is the Wellness Professor at The Colburn School where she created a health curriculum for instrumental musicians. 

Jennie is dedicated to the provision of education on the subject of healthy practice in the performing arts, and provides lectures and workshops internationally for performers, teachers, and medical professionals on the subject of injury prevention and management. She is an Honorary Lecturer for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London, for which she compiled the Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Injury syllabus, and is on the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education. Published articles include “Voice and Dance Technique Integration for Musical Theatre - Triple Threat or Double Trouble?” for the VASTA Voice and Speech Review Journal, “Osteopathy In The Arts” for The Osteopath journal, “The Hazards of the Musical Theatre Workplace” and “The Integration of Voice and Dance Techniques in Musical Theatre” for Medical Problems of Performing Artists, “Osteopathy For Singers” for iSing Magazine, as well as several others on injury management for dancers and musicians. Jennie is the founder of, and her book The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask And The Effect On Health was published in May 2015.


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