The Role of Women in the Growth of the Alexander Community (eBook)

by Alexander Murray

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Biographical Note

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

Alex and Joan met Professor Raymond Dart in 1967. He cooperated and
inspired their 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. Since 1977, the Murrays have been the co-directors and principal
teachers at the Alexander Technique Center Urbana.

Alex was principal flute with the Covent Garden Opera and the London
Symphony Orchestra and is the inventor of the Murray Flute. He has taught at
the Royal College, Royal Academy, and Royal Northern College in England;
the Royal Dutch Conservatory; Michigan State University; and the National
Music Camp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. From 1977 until his retirement
in 2002, he was professor of flute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign. He is the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from
the National Flute Association.

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