PAMA Notes - April 17, 2015

Deadline Approaching!

Abstracts are Due May 1, 2015! Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists

Abstract Submissions due May 1, 2015

September 12th and 13th, 2015
Chapman University
Orange, California
Partridge Dance Center
8:30am – 4:00pm

The Program Committee is excited to announce the call for abstracts for the 2015 conference. Researchers, educators, artists and medical professionals are encouraged to submit proposals that address the medical issues and/or applied teaching practices in Dance, Music and Theatre.  The committee reviews abstracts of purposeful research, outcomes of value to the audience, and innovative approaches to the health, teaching, practice and care for performing artists.  Abstracts may be research or education based with goals and objectives illustrated.  Proposals may include a lecture, movement workshop or poster presentation.

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Announcement from the PAMA Young Professionals Committee

Do you want to let a broad audience know about your upcoming presentations and/or publications? If so, please submit your announcement to the newly formed Young Professionals Committee so that we can include it on the PAMA social media feed! In addition to creating opportunities for the engagement of young professionals, the YPC also shares a variety of website links and announcements on official PAMA social media sites. We also accept submissions of PAM-related news and articles. Please send a short explanation and, when available, website URL to Please title your submission “YPC post.” Note— a submission is not a guarantee of posting, and please be aware that we may need to slightly alter your explanation. 

Official PAMA Symposium Gear is Here!

Shirts, mugs, and other merchandise for the 2015 symposium are now available for purchase in the PAMA Accents Store. The 2015 PAMA Symposium design was created to simulate the rises and falls of a majestic mountain range, reflected in the iconic theater curtain. Purchases of PAMA gear help to support the PAMA mission. Other PAMA related designs are also available for sale in the online store.
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PAMA Makes a Tremendous Impact at MTNA

Submitted by Kathleen Riley, Ph.D.

For the second consecutive year, PAMA successfully collaborated with Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA).  This year, at MTNA’s national conference in Las Vegas PAMA presented a successful regional conference on Friday, March 20th.  It was attended by some members of MTNA as well as a few health care professionals.  John Chong, Bill Dawson, Patrick Gannon, Leslie Harrington, Ralph Manchester, Jennie Morton and Kathleen Riley presented.

PAMA’s Wellness track at the MTNA Pedagogy Saturday has set a new bar for PAMA regional events.  The track, co-chaired by Gail Berenson and Kathleen Riley, was titled “MTNA and PAMA: A Deeper Look into the Mind and Body Connection and What It Has to Do with Music Making.”  The morning sessions dealt with aspects of the mind.  John Chong and Julie Jaffee Nagel began with an overview: “Where we were and where we are now.”  This was followed by a “Gathering of the Minds” – brief presentations previewing the breakout sessions that followed: Vanessa Cornet, Mindfulness Practice for Musicians; Patrick Gannon, Musicians Are Athletes Too: Lessons from Sport Psychology; Julie Jaffee Nagel, Whole Musicians Are Greater than the Sum of their Parts; Lois Svard, Your Brain, Memory and Performing with Confidence.

The afternoon began with John Chong and Ralph Manchester presenting an overview: Where have we come from and where are we now, physiologically speaking.” This was followed by “Physically Sound Approaches to Injury Prevention and Recovery” – brief presentations previewing the following breakout sessions: Ralph Manchester, A Rational Approach to Recovery from Injury; Kathleen Riley, Having It All in the Hand; Kathleen Horvath, Posture Perfect; John Chong, What Happens to the Vagus…” The day concluded with all eight presenters offering take away messages.  Attendance for the day was ground-breaking: over 200 for the morning sessions and 150 for the afternoon sessions. 

Congratulations to PAMA Member Gail Berenson

This year's winner of the prestigious MTNA Distinguished Service Award, Gail J. Berenson, NCTM, Ohio University

Gail J. Berenson, NCTM, is a past president of MTNA and professor of piano at Ohio University, Athens, where she was named “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” in 2000. An advocate and noted expert on musician wellness issues, she is in demand as a performer, clinician, master class artist, adjudicator, author, reviewer and pedagogy consultant. She has performed and lectured in more than 30 states and nine countries. Berenson has served MTNA for years. Along with president-elect and president, she has been vice president, chair of the 2002 and 2003 MTNA National Conference Committees, served on the 1996 and 1997 Conference Committees and was one of the founding members of the MTNA Pedagogy Committee. She is also a past president of the Ohio Music Teachers Association and holds MTNA’s Master Certificate in piano and piano pedagogy. Berenson was named the 1999 OMTA “Certified Teacher of the Year” and the 2004 OMTA “Collegiate Teacher of the Year.” She was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2007.

Register Now for the 2015 PAMA Symposium

Plan to attend the 33rd Annual Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists

July 8, 2015 (Wednesday) Pre-Conference Course
July 9 - 12, 2015 (Thursday - Sunday) PAMA Symposium


Countdown to Curtain: Maximizing Artistry and Injury Prevention Onstage and Behind the Scenes

at the Westin Snowmass Resort & Hotel, in Snowmass, Colorado.

The PAMA symposium is designed to meet the research and practice needs of physicians, therapists, educators, artistic directors, athletic trainers and other health care and performing arts professionals who seek to improve the well-being of performing artists.
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The 2015 symposium will be held at The Westin Snowmass Resort. Special room rates are available to PAMA symposium attendees until June 7, 2015.

Room rate for the Westin - $169 USD
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Room rate for the Holiday Inn Express - (adjacent to the Westin - formerly Wildwood) - $139 USD
Click this link to reserve your room at the Holiday Inn Express

Beyond Technique: The Science & Art of Communication for Performers

May 4th, 2015. 6.30 – 8.30pm
Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd St, Floor 4. NYC

Whilst technique is important, its role is to be of service to the artistic performance. Most performers strive for an emotional connection with their audience, so what is fundamentally occurring in this communicative process? This workshop will be an exploration of how human physiology and neuroscience can give us valuable information about the audience/performer interface as well as journeying through the evolutionary development of human communication and body language to show how it is encoded in our bodies. It will conclude with a practical session showing how we can tap into these processes and concepts to enhance and optimize artistic performance and establish an emotional bond with our audience.

This 2-hour workshop will start with a lecture and move on to a hands-on masterclass where participants will be able to volunteer and work with Jennie on a song.

To enroll in this workshop/if you have any questions, please contact Colton Pometta at

Click here for more information or here to visit the website

Cuba, Cuba, Cuba!

Health and Safety in the Arts Program 

Save the date:

January 24 - 31, 2016
Hotel Nacional
Havana, Cuba

Travel with PAMA under a People to People (P2P) designation (relaxed rules requiring no research agenda or proposals). With its strong arts traditions and focus on healthcare, Cuba offers special insights into health issues in the arts. We can accept students and family members as participants! So, bring your family for a once in a lifetime experience.

Other Upcoming Regional Meetings

November 20 - 21, 2015
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Institute
Cleveland, Ohio

Save the Date for the 2016 PAMA Symposium

We hope to see you in New York!

Calling All Yoga Instructors

PAMA is in search for a yoga instructor for the 2015 symposium in Snowmass, Colorado. If you are interested, please contact Julie Massaro at  

Join the Participants' Performance

Saturday, July 11, 2015 (during the PAMA symposium)

3:00 pm

Share your musical, dance, voice, or acting talent with other attendees through this fun and entertaining venue.

If you wish to participate, send an email to Julie Massaro at or Jennie Morton at

Advertise with PAMA

The PAMA symposium is a brilliant way to reach your target audience. Our attendees include physicians, therapists, educators, artistic directors, athletic trainers and other health care and performing arts professionals. The deadline to submit artwork for the 2015 symposium is June 8, 2015.
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PAMA in the News

The Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) included an article mentioning PAMA's Toronto Regional Meeting.

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