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All public events take place in Duncan Recital Hall at the Shepherd School of Music. No registration or advance reservations are required for these events. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


Monday, June 13th


6 p.m. Welcoming Dinner for fellows hosted by Robert Yekovich, Dean of the Shepherd School of Music

Tuesday, June 14th:

9-12 a.m. Morning sessions- Cross-disciplinary seminars (music fellows with Kemmer and Slevc, science fellows with Brandt and Barnett)

12 -2 p.m.: Lunch

2 – 4 p.m.: Fellows tour of Center Performing Arts Medicine

5-7: Dinner

7 – 9:30: Evening session "Music, Memory and Emotion - Free and open to the public

Robert J. Zatorre (McGill University): "Music in the Brain: Pitch, Imagery, and Emotion"
David Huron: "What is a Musical Work? And Other Curiosities of Memory"

We present our Conference's first public event in memory of Frank R. Yekovich; an accomplished scientist, a passionate researcher in memory and cognition and lover of music.

Wednesday, June 15th:

9-12 a.m. Cross-disciplinary seminars for fellows, continued

12 -2 p.m.: Lunch

2-4:30: Afternoon session: "The Mind-Body Connection" – Free and open to the public

Norman Fischer: "Musician, Athlete, Performer: Incorporating Mental Procedures to Train the Advanced Player"

C. Richard Stasney "Medical Problems of Performing Artists"

Christine Neugebauer (Memorial Hermann Hospital): "The Art and Science of Music Therapy"

5-7: Dinner

7 – 9:30: Evening session "Music and Language" - Free and open to the public

Fred Lerdahl: "Linguistic and Musical Syntax"

Aniruddh D. Patel (The Neurosciences Institute): "Music, language, syntax, and the brain"

Thursday, June 16th

9-12 a.m. Cross-disciplinary seminars for fellows, continued

12 -2 p.m.: Lunch

2-4:30: Afternoon session "Music and Perception"- Free and open to the public

David Eagleman: "Music and neuroscience: Insights from time perception and synesthesia"

Casey O'Callaghan: "Crossmodal perception in the arts"

5-7: Dinner

7-10 p.m.: Fellows Night – Free and open to the public

Room 1131: Science Presentations

Amy Hoover: "Functional Scaffolding: A New Principle for Enabling Computational Creativity in Music"

John Iversen: "Neural Dynamics of Beat Perception"

Rebecca Lepping: "Development of a Validated Emotionally Provocative Musical Stimuli Set for Neuroimaging Studies of Depression"

Guy Madison: "Some rhythmic properties of music that are correlated with groove – the tendency for music to induce movement"

Cecelie Moeller: "Watch This! Visual Suppression and Facilitation of Early Auditory Responses in Musicians and in Non-Musicians"

Diane Omigie: "Characterising Congenital Amusia"

Michael Schutz: "What are the benefits of "moving to the beat" while listening to music?"

Sherman Wilcox: "Language as Performance: Finding the Link between Sign Language and Music"

Room 1133: Music Presentations

Benjamin Anderson: " 'I've seen him write songs in the time it's taken me to make a sandwich: Schemata and Elton John's Compositional Practice"

Dorita Berger: "Tempo-based Music Treatment for Inducing Rhythmic Entrainment, Systemic Pacing & Redirection of Repetitive Behaviors in Children on the Autism Spectrum"

Zohar Eitan: "Rare sense and common knowledge: Exposure effects and the mental representation of absolute pitch"

James Fidlon: "Improvisation and Attention"

Jason Rosenberg: "Negentropy for solo flute: A compositional and perceptual study using variable form," featuring flutist Izumi Miyahara

Shannon Layman: "Differentiating Rock from Bach, Identification of Mainstream Recordings Requires Only Brief Excerpts"

James Parakilas: "Music and the Attention System"

Laura Silverman and Michael Schutz: "Using Music to Explore Sensory Integration Dysfunction in Autism"

Friday, June 17th

9-12: Joint session for all fellows and faculty in Room 1133

12-2: Lunch