2016 Performing Wellness Symposium


Symposium presented by The Music, Mind and Wellbeing Group of The University of Melbourne

Symposium Topic:

The stresses and strains of elite musical performance can have debilitating effects on the musical. This symposium offers opportunity for musicians to share their research to promoting performer wellbeing in order to maximise performance potential and enjoyment. Papers from this event will form the basis of an edited volume.

Date: 10 December 2016
Venue: Wyselaskie Auditorium, 29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052

Keynote speakers:

Professor David Howard

Professor David Howard, Royal Holloway, University of London

David Howard is a founding member of the York Centre for Singing Science, headed the Audio Lab Research Group and was Professor of Electronics at the University of York for many years. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Senior MIEEE), and Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (FIOA). He is also an accomplished choral director and singer, and his innovative research has explored ways to improve vocal pedagogy and learning through the use of engineering and the application of music technology to the vocal pedagogue’s studio practice.

Dr Bronwen Ackerman

Dr Bronwen Ackerman, University of Sydney

Bronwen Ackermann is a physiotherapist whose interest in performing arts health grew as a result of her ongoing work with the musicians of Australasia’s leading symphony orchestras. Her clinical and research work focuses on understanding better ways to optimise body use during performance and reduce the risk of injury. She has run several large national musicians health projects including an ARC linkage grant developing evidence based guidelines for best management of occupational injuries occurring in musicians ('Sound Practice’). She was the inaugural president of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare, is the Chair of the International Liaison Committee and the Education Committee of the USA based Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), and Editor-In-Chief of the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists.


Symposium Registration:

Tickets for the symposium include light refreshments:

  • $45.00 full price
  • $25.00 concession (plus booking fee)

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Abstract Submissions:

Please submit abstracts of up to 200 words to organising committee member Frederic Kiernan by 16th September 2016.

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