Sounds of Science: Music, Technology, Medicine is a showcase of music and scientific breakthroughs at the University of Toronto.
David Alter (MD, PhD), is a Cardiologist and Senior Scientist at the University Health Network-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Alter’s research spans across many disciplines including clinical epidemiology, health services research, population health, cardiac rehabilitation/prevention, and more recently, music and medicine. He has received over $25 million in peer reviewed grant funding as Principal or Co-investigator from both provincial and federal granting agencies, and has published 170 scholarly peer-reviewed manuscripts, many of which in leading medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Circulation. Dr. Alter currently leads an international multidisciplinary research collaborative examining the effectiveness of preference-based audio music playlists, rhythmic auditory stimulation, and exercise adherence with hopes of using innovative music technology and programs “to better engage the behaviourly disengaged” (research funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario). Dr. Alter is a Career Investigator with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario holds a university appointed Chair in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at the University Health Network-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. David has been a prolific songwriter since the age of 15, having composed over 1000 songs throughout his lifetime (www.davidaltermusic.com). David is also the founder of Vigour Projects, a social purpose organization dedicated to improving the health of communities through music (www.vigourprojects.com).
Lee Bartel (PhD), was Founding Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) at Faculty of Music, is a member of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience, cross-appointed member of OISE, the Institute for Life Course and Aging, and the Rehabilitation Science Institute.
John Chong (MD), with his roots in Oakville Ontario Canada, piano lessons began at age 3 advancing to the Royal Conservatory in Toronto with Clifford Poole on scholarship. After an injury to his right hand from over practicing the Wanderer Fantasy when he was 14, he went on to study electronic music and composition with Samuel Dolin. He did perform at Massey Hall and completed the ARCT in Piano Performance at age 17. His prize winning composition Continuum was performed by the Toronto Symphony the same year. With the intention of a career in electronic music he went on to graduate in electrical engineering at the University of Toronto while working as a summer student at the National Research Council at the Electronic Music Laboratory with Hugh Le Caine in Ottawa. His interests shifted to study in the fields of medicine, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, occupational health, public health and preventive medicine, acupuncture, and psychotherapy at McMaster University. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences tenured in 1990 and is in the Department of Family Medicine currently. As the Medical Director of the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, he has treated musicians with repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders since 1986. His clinical and research interest is regulation of the autonomic nervous system using neuro-biofeedback techniques for the prevention of repetitive strain injuries, focal dystonia, chronic pain, and depression. He teaches Performance Awareness at the Glenn Gould School Performance and Artist Diploma Programs at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He is the medical consultant for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and has received the Governor General Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Summer Music Festival he has introduced injury prevention concepts to the gifted participants of the Academy. He is a Research Associate of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory at the University of Toronto. He was the Co-Chair of the PAMA Annual Symposium in Aspen/Snowmass in 2006/2009, the PAMA Toronto Regional Meetings 2010-2015 and planning the First International PAMA Symposium in New York City in 2016. He was a founding member and is the Immediate Past President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association leading the transformation “PAMAForte! – Rewriting the future of PAMA”.
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Brad Eaton is a Toronto-based trumpet player and composer, currently enrolled in the Jazz Performance Program at the University of Toronto. During his time at UofT, Brad has had the opportunity to learn from some of Canada’s most important figures in Jazz, including Jim Lewis, Mike Murley, Terry Promane, Dave Young, Gordon Foote, Chase Sanborn, Kelly Jefferson, Andrew Downing, and William Carn. Brad can be heard as a soloist on the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra’s most recent CD release Reflections. Prior to attending the University of Toronto, Brad spent 14 years as a member of the Humber College Community Music School, where he received instruction from esteemed Canadian Jazz musicians, such as Kirk MacDonald, Lorne Lofsky, Kieran Overs, and Jim Vivian. Brad has been a member of the National Youth Combo of Canada, the Yamaha All-star Big Band, the TD Jazz Youth Summit, and was chosen to be a recipient of the Rising Young Star award at the Prince Edward County jazz festival.
Darryl Edwards (DMA) is an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Toronto, and Artistic Director of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. In addition to his teaching and performing careers, his research interests include “The Solo Singer in the University Choral Ensemble,” and “Effective Teaching Sequences in the Voice Studio.”
Sarah Forestieri, a soprano, most recently appeared as “Rosauro” in Jacinto Guerrerro’s Los Gavilanes with the Toronto Operetta Theatre, following performances as “Il Destino” in La Calisto in Italy, and in Alabama for performances by the Druid City Opera Workshop. Sarah studies singing with voice teacher Elizabeth McDonald, and her coach, Helen Becqué in the University of Toronto B.Mus. Voice Performance program, where is currently completing her third year.
Aaron Low (MSc CCC-SLP) is a Speech-Voice Pathologist and Adjunct Professor at UofT. He founded The Voice Clinic, a multi-disciplinary ENT/SLP Lab in downtown Toronto. Aaron has over 17 years of speech and voice rehab experience helping singers of all genres, children and head-neck cancer survivors.
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Linnea Thacker (DMA cand.) is a doctoral violin performance student at the University of Toronto, studying with Erika Raum. Linnea has performed in ensembles ranging from orchestras and string quartets to jazz and folk groups, and holds a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship for research on violin playing-related injuries.
Michael H. Thaut (PhD) received his PhD in music with a cognate minor in movement science in 1983 and his masters in music 1980, both from Michigan State University. He also studied at the Mozarteum Music University in Salzburg, Austria. He holds a German Diploma degree in psychology/education. At Colorado State University (CSU) he was Professor Music since 1986-2015 and Director of the School of the Arts 2001-2010. He received a joint appointment as Professor of Neuroscience in 1998. He was Director of the Center for Biomedical Research in Music since 1994. Since 2016 he is Professor of Music with cross appointments in Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto where he directs the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) and the Masters/PhD programs in Music and Health Sciences. He has been a Visiting Professor in medical and music schools around the world (Germany, Italy, USA, Japan), and 2010-2012 was chancellor of the SRH University System in Germany.
Over the past decade he and his co-investigators have received over 4 million in prestigious and highly competitive research funding from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations. He has received the American Music Therapy Association’s National Research Award 1993 and its National Service Award 2001. His recent publication (with Volker Hoemberg), The Oxford Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy (2014), was second overall in the British Medical Association (BMA) 2015 Book Awards for ‘Best New Book in Neurology’ (60 entries), an unprecedented achievement for a work in music therapy/medicine. Dr. Thaut has authored/co-authored abpout 250 scientific publications in multiple fields. His publications have appeared in journals like Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Brain Sciences, Neuroimage, Music Perception, Biological Cybernetics, Movement Disorders, etc. His books have been translated into Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. He is globally in demand as a keynote speaker on music, brain, and neurorehabilitation.
His research career has been focused on the neural and psychophysical basis of music and rhythm perception and clinical application of music and rhythm to motor, speech/language, and cognitive training in neurologic disorders. He is the founder of the evidence-based treatment system of Neurologic Music Therapy whose certificate training has been endorsed by the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation. He is President of the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology, Vice President of the International Society for Music and Medicine, a Management Board Member of the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation, and an elected Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (U.K.). In addition to his groundbreaking work as a researcher and clinician, Dr. Thaut is an accomplished musician and violinist in the classical and folk genre, having toured and recorded extensively, especially in folkmusic. His anthology of European and North American Fiddle Music (Das grosse Fiddlebuch) has been in print since 1981.
Victor Vrankulj is a fourth year student in Jazz Studies University of Toronto. Born in Hamilton, Victor started studying piano at the age of five. Throughout his childhood Victor picked up and studied different instruments before eventually focusing on the bass. Victor has now been playing bass for over ten years and has studied with Clark Johnston, David Story, Pat Collins, Kieran Overs, Mike Murley, and Jim Vivian. Victor has been invited to perform at both the TD Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, and Niagara Region Jazz Festival. A graduate of the Applied Music Program at Mohawk College in 2013, Victor is currently studying in his final year at the University of Toronto.
Jeff Wolpert (MMus), is a multi-award winning engineer, mixer, producer, editor, and educator Wolpert has worked with some of the biggest names in today’s music industry in addition to a successful career working in film and television. A graduate of Concordia University in Montreal (BFA Studio Music), Wolpert went on to earn his Master of Music Degree in Sound Recording (Tonmeister) from McGill University in 1982. Upon graduation, he started as a system tech and mixer at PA Plus in Toronto and then joined Inception Sound where during his 11 years there, he helped build it from one eight-track studio into two 48-track studios. He then became the chief engineer at McClear Digital Recording and Post Production Studios, a five-studio multi-format recording and mixing facility. Currently he is the owner and chief engineer of Desert Fish Studios, located in downtown Toronto and opened in 2012. As well he is the Director of the Master of Music in Music Technology and Digital Media program at the University of Toronto. He has 3 JUNO Awards for Engineer of the Year. Known for his mastery of acoustic recording and intricate mixing, Wolpert is also recognized for his vast technical and computer knowledge.
Braden Young (BMus), born in Grand Forks, BC, began studying piano at the age of seven. He entered the Camosun College Piano Performance Diploma Program with Dr. Jamie Syer at age 16 and graduated two years later winning the prestigious Irving K. Barber Scholarship. He completed his undergraduate degree in Music Scholarship (Piano) at UBC in the studio of Dr. Corey Hamm. He is in his second and final hear Mus.M. degree studies in collaborative piano, as a student of Prof. Steven Philcox.