Specializes In:Clarinet performance, somatic education, The Feldenkrais Method®
Colin Mehmel is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner and professional clarinettist. Colin currently teaches clarinet and Feldenkrais at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Art, the University of Manitoba, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music Division of Preparatory Studies, and teaches weekly Awareness Through Movement class at the Rady JCC.
Colin graduated with a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Michigan State University, where he studied the clarinet with Dr. Caroline Hartig; and he earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba, where he studied with Naoum Gomon. Colin graduated from the Feldenkrais teacher training program at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Education in Chicago Illinois, where his principal Feldenkrais Trainers were Paul Rubin and Julie Casson Rubin.
Initially, Colin became interested in the Feldenkrais Method after sustaining a shoulder injury, which in addition to being very painful, caused many difficulties in his clarinet playing. Once he realized how much and how fast he could learn and change from Feldenkrais lessons, Colin enrolled in a Feldenkrais teacher training program. Now he uses his knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method and music to help his students learn quickly, and to discover how movement can be a foundation for learning and achievement.
M.M. in Music Performance from Michigan State University
B.Mus. (Performance) University of Manitoba
GCFP The Institute for the Study of Somatic Education.
Dr. Caroline Hartig, Naoum Gomon, Paul Rubin GCFP and Julie Casson Rubin GCFP, Jacqueline Dawson, Charles Neidich (masterclass)
Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival Artist, 2015
Featured Guest Artist with the Mennonite Community Orchestra, Fall 2014
Principal Clarinet of the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble 2014, Member since 2010
Brandon University Clarinet Festival, Guest Artist and Presenter, 2012, Presenter, 2013
Teaching staff at the University of Manitoba Division of Preparatory Studies since 2010
Runner-up, 2003 Concerto Competition at the University of Manitoba