George I. Lister
George I. Lister is a teacher of the F. M. Alexander Technique as certified by the American Society for the Technique (AmSAT). He began his studies of the Technique with Beret Arcaya in New York City in 1986 and trained to be a teacher at The Center for The Alexander Technique in Menlo Park, California beginning October, 1991. He was certified as a teacher by AmSAT in July, 1994 and continued studying and teaching with Troup Matthews in New York City, Frank Ottiwell, in San Francisco and Walter Carrington in London.
In September 2004 in Palo Alto, California, Mr. Lister established The Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique to teach and train prospective Alexander teachers. Graduates from this program are eligible for certification by the American Society for the Alexander Technique. The training course is now located in Redwood City, California.
Mr. Lister maintains private teaching practices for individual students in San Francisco and Redwood City, California. As an avid swimmer, hiker and backpacker, he uses his experience with these activities to help students increase endurance and reduce stress and pain. His practice includes Alexander students who are performing artists, teachers and coaches from the San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Stanford University, San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught the principles of the Alexander Technique to, among others, Joan Baez; San Francisco Opera principle singers Nicolle Foland and Gregory Stapp; and Metropolitan Opera principle Malin Fritz. He and his wife the classical singer Sally Munro, have given workshops on voice and the Alexander Technique at the East Sussex Academy of Music in Lewis, England; The San Francisco Girls' Chorus; and the Baroque Choral Guild. Mr Lister is a member of the teaching staff at the Alexander Technique Workshop in Malibu, California. He is a regular visiting teacher at The Constructive Teaching Centre, an Alexander teacher training program in London, and he works with young actors as a visiting Alexander teacher in the master of Fine Arts program, theater department, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mr Lister's articles on the Alexander Technique are frequently published in the American Society for the Alexander Techinque newsletter - the AmSAT Journal. He has served on both the Training Directors Committee and the Training Approval Committee of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. And, he is a founding member of the "Bay Area Alexander Technique", a consortium of Alexander teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prior to beginning his Alexander studies, George Lister was co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Contemporary Marketing Research Inc., a consumer marketing research company located in New York City. Along with his partners and staff CMR came to national prominence with such clients as Gillette, Mobil Oil (now Exxon/Mobil), and General Electric. Mr. Lister retired from the company in August, 1986 to pursue his studies of the Alexander Technique.