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Tracy Bowdish, NMT

Tracy Kiel-Bowdish is a Neurologic Music Therapist


at Sentara Healthcare. She has presented at various
conferences, hospitals, graduate seminars and
community events concerning the use of Music
Therapy techniques in neuro-rehabilitation as well as
explanations of the evidence-based mechanisms that
drive the interventions. Her research interests include
the effect of music and rhythm on sensorimotor,
cognitive, and communicative function.

Dr. Kamal Chmali


Dr. Kamal Chmali, specializes in Neurology at
Sentara where he founded and is directing the
Neuromuscular and Autonomic Programs and the
Sentara Music and Medicine Center. Dr. Chmalis
firm belief in the power of music in connecting people
and in healing disease led him to start the DoctorPatient Music Connection Program, and the Music and
the Brain Concert-Symposia. An active researcher in
the field of music and neuroscience, Dr. Chmali
presents lectures and concerts that illustrate the
important effect of music on health and disease.

Prisca Benoit
Prisca Benoit, is a French pianist hailed for her
intense and powerful sound and her refined
pianistic touch with countless colors. After graduating
with honors from the Conservatoire National
Suprieur de Musique (CNSM) of Paris and furthering
her studies at Indiana University, Ms. Benoit, a
prizewinner at major international piano competitions,
has performed with prestigious orchestras. She has
incorporated the principles of paramedical specialties
into her piano pedagogy and collaborates with Dr.
Chmali in researching the relation between music and
medicine.

Music and the Brain


A Symposium hosted by Shenandoah Conservatory
and the Music Therapy Department

September 2 1
Presentation: Tracy Bowdish

3-4pm in SUMTA Meeting Ruebush 207


Topics include: program development, evidence-based
research, NMT (both techniques and the R-SMM), and career
development.

Music and the Brain: When Music Sings the


Brain Listens and the Heart Modulates
A Lecture, Recital, and Panel Discussion

5-7pm in Goodson Recital Hall


Featuring: Dr. Kamal Chmali and Prisca Benoit
Panel Discussion with Tracy Bowdish, Dr. Daniel Tague, Dr.
Hakeem Leonard and Dr. Anthony Meadows

September 2 2
Piano Master Class with Prisca Benoit
2-4pm in Goodson Recital Hall
Hosted by the Piano Studio