PAMA Notes - March 2018

Symposium and Pre-conference Fees Increase After April 1

36th Annual PAMA International Symposium

Glamour and Grit: Building an Entourage for Health

Saturday, June 30 - Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Chapman University, Orange, California, USA

The 2018 symposium will combine all the facets that facilitate improved health support in the arts, to ensure that performing artists' needs are addressed from all angles. These include:

  • Health education in performing arts training (physical and psychological)
  • Access to appropriate health care
  • Training & educating Performing Arts Medicine specialists to meet the needs of this population
  • Addressing the cultural biases that perpetuate unhealthy habits/ practices in the arts
  • Creating safe working environments for performers

Target Audience

The PAMA symposium is designed to meet the research and practice needs of physicians, therapists, athletic trainers, educators, artistic directors, and other health care and performing arts professionals who seek to improve the well-being of performing artists.

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Symposium Schedule

Registration and Fees


Join us for the Pre-conference Certificate Course

Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine

In conjunction with ACSM

June 28 - 29, 2018 (Thursday - Friday)

Chapman University, Orange, California, USA

Extend your learning – Attend our 2-day pre-conference certificate course for practicing health professionals, performing artists, and arts educators.

The Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine is a two-day multidisciplinary enrichment course offered by the PAMA Education Committee. Designed to match the professional interests and career goals of health professionals, educators and performers, this course provides specific education and techniques for prevention, assessment, and care of performing arts-specific health concerns. Collectively on day 1, participants will hear introductory and research-informed lectures on health problems that are unique to performing artists including associated health risk factors, issues across the life-span, and the interactive, cultural, and contextual characteristics of health problems that are unique to performing artists. On day 2, participants will attend either the health professional or the performing arts stream for more detailed and targeted education and practical sessions related to providing and promoting optimal health for performing artists.

Certificate Exam

At the completion of the pre-conference course, all participants will have the option of taking an exam tailored to their area of specialization (medicine, allied health, voice, dance, instrumental music).  If a passing grade is attained, they will be given a certificate of completion. Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your practice skills.

  • Physician exam (physician exam open to any licensed medical doctor, including US trained DO’s with a current license to practice)
  • Allied health exam (open to athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, chiropractors, nurses, licensed massage therapists, manual osteopathic practitioners [including non-US trained osteopaths], acupuncturists, and others as approved)
  • Arts educator exam (voice, dance, or instrumental music)

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Course Schedule

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Third USF-PAMA-The Music Gallery
Piano Pedagogy Symposium
Longevity Through Awareness of Touch and Tone

June 3-5, 2018

Barness Recital Hall & USF School of Music

Third USF-PAMA-The Music Gallery Piano Pedagogy Symposium is focused on the awareness of the body, touch and tone, coordinated techniques, mind-body connection, and longevity in learning, teaching and playing the piano. The Symposium presents masterclasses, chamber music  coaching, jazz piano, flow in music making, and musician-tailored yoga.

Earlier this month, PAMA member Bill Dawson spoke to Butler University School of Music faculty and students about playing healthy.

PAMA Members - Let us know your PAM-related activities to share with the Membership to facilitate networking.  We will be making announcements in each newsletter. Send your information to Dorry Allen at

Your PAMA Committees at Work

Committee Report Summary

Development Committee

Chair, Kathleen Riley

  • Committee proposes the following levels of giving for members of PAMA to the Founders Legacy Fund (the 3 Awards of the Founders Legacy Fund are the Alice Brandfonbrener Scholarship, Martin Brandfonbrener Scholarship, and Richard Lederman Lecturer): 

    - Annual mandatory contribution of $500.00 by members of the Board
    - Annual voluntary membership contribution of $250.00

Board Action:  The Board thanked Kathleen for her accomplishment in creating the Founders Legacy Fund and her ideas to raise money for the Fund.  The EC passed a motion for EC members to do a 1-time donation of $500 to the Founders Legacy Fund and voluntary donations thereafter. 100% participation by the Board for a 1-time donation with any amount at their discretion (no minimum dollar amount) was noted by the EC as important with voluntary donations by the Board thereafter.  All members also have an opportunity to make Voluntary donations of any amount at their discretion.  Once PAMA members show strong participation in the Fund, the Development Committee will be leveraged to seek donations from outside the organization.

  • Committee proposes that a percentage of annual conference profits be designated to support the Fund. Chair will research with the Treasurer the current dollar amount of the three Awards in the Symposium budget as a context to a percentage that would be in the interest of both the sustainability of the Fund and the feasibility of the Organization.

Board Action:  The Board agreed on $100  ($300 total) for the 3 awards to be paid by the Founders Legacy Fund.  As the Fund grows, the 3 Awards will be supported by the Fund to a greater extent.  Policy and Procedures Committee is working with Development Committee Chair and Board to update Policies and Procedures.

  • Committee proposes that a letter of thanks and recognition be sent to every donor from the Development Chair, followed by a letter from Dorry for tax purposes.  People like to be acknowledged for donations.

Education Committee

Chair: Christine Guptill (University of Alberta)
Co-Chair, Rose Schmieg (Shenandoah University)
Co-Chair, Pre-conference: Bronwen Ackermann (University of Sydney)
Education Coordinator, Nathalie Reid

PAMA/ACSM Pre-conference Certificate Course

  • The schedule is finalized and most speakers are assigned. 
  • The future plan for this course is to split days 1 and 2 so that day 2 can be offered to specific audiences at other organization’s meetings (e.g., ACSM; MTNA). It is the committee’s recommendation that PAMA move toward offering day 1 as an online module that would be mandatory for taking day 2 and for completion of the certificate. This will be a long-term goal of the committee.
  • The committee requests that the position of Education Coordinator be extended for another year. The support has been invaluable to the Pre-conference Certificate Course organizers. 


Executive Committee

Marc Brodsky, Ralph Manchester, Nancy Kadel, John Chong, Clay Miller
PAMAengage! is participation of the growing membership in PAMA and includes the following:

  • All members have a voice in the organization and receive recognition for their PAMA-related activities.
  • Members are taking the opportunity to be creative forces in the organization through PAMA Notes, the Committees, and Regional Meetings.
  • Committee Chairs on behalf of their Committees set self-directed goals and Committee Chairs have ownership of their Committee’s work.
  • We honor the legacy of PAMA and our founders as a source of identity and pride of our organization.


Liaison Committees

College Music Society
Gail Berenson, PAMA Liaison

  • Many PAMA members have offered webinars for the Musicians’ Health-Wellness webinar series with the College Music Society. A total of 14 have been produced so far. The Committee on Musicians’ Health is planning an additional 6 webinars for fall 2018-spring 2019. These are available to the general public free of charge approximately 2 weeks after original air date. Click here to access these webinars.
  • Options for funding and creating a database of potential speakers is being discussed. 

Music Teachers National Association
Gail Berenson, PAMA/MTNA Liaison

  • For the fifth consecutive year, MTNA is offering a wellness track within Pedagogy Saturday 2018, the pre-conference event held one day prior to the MTNA National Conference, which this year will take place in Orlando, FL at the Coronado Springs Hotel and Conference Center on March 17, 2018. A number of PAMA members presenting include:Deanna McBroom, Jennie Morton, Dr. Jeff Russell, Dr. Charles Turon, and MTNA keynote speaker, Dr. Eckart Altenmüller.
  • Gail Berenson and Brenda Wristen continue to co-chair a wellness series that MTNA has published in its journal, The American Music Teacher, and is now in its fourth year.  This year’s authors are all PAMA members: Deanna McBroom, Jennie Morton and Dr. Carina Joly.


Long Range Planning Committee

Chair, Ralph Manchester

  • The committee considered several options for the 2020 meeting. At this time, the best prospective site is New Orleans. The faculty from Tulane and Louisiana State University medical schools could be drawn upon. While the symphony orchestra and ballet are not in season during the summer, there will be plenty of classical and non-classical music and dance events/performers in the city while we are there.

Board Action:  The Board thanked the Long Term Planning Committee on their thoughtful consideration of different options for the site of the Annual Conference in 2020.  The Board approved the Long Term Planning Committee’s recommendation for New Orleans to be the site of the 2020 PAMA Annual Conference.

Membership Committee

Chair, Jason Hu

  • Retiree/Senior Membership – pending demographic statistics. A possible consideration is to discount this category to that of a student membership.
  • Further ideas being discussed by the membership committee - renewal notices, referral discounts, and working with a PR firm on promotion.
  • The membership committee would like collaboration with other committees to improve social media content for members and outreach at host cities to draw new members in.

Nominating Committee

Chair, Nancy Kadel
Vice-Chair, Lynette Khoo-Summers

  • The nominating committee will discuss potential nominees for the upcoming slate to include the position of President – Elect.  The nominees will be sent out to the membership prior to the annual meeting so the slate can be voted on at the annual meeting in June.

Referrals Committee

Chair, Nancy Kadel
Vice-Chair, Lynette Khoo-Summers

  • Referral queries from performing artists and health care practitioners (PAMA members and Non-members) responded to as they arise.  This has included embouchure issues, posture and chin rest problems, wrist pain and others.

Research Committee

Chair, Esther Nolton
Vice-Chair, Christine Guptill

  • Your requests have been heard! 
    • The PAMA RC will be holding a workshop titled "PAM Grants: How to Seek and Apply for Opportunities to Fund PAM Research and Programs" on Sunday, July 1st from 4-5:30pm. We have a diverse panel of speakers from all over the globe that will help you navigate this process. We look forward to having you join us for this session! 
    • Our Research Committee Chair will also be presenting on using validated measures for practice and research. She will discuss the importance of using reliable and valid measures in PAM.
  • Stay tuned for further announcements about on-site research networking and mentorship during the Annual Symposium! Please feel free to bring questions and concerns about your ongoing or developing research.

Symposium 2018 Planning Committee

Program Chairs: Robin Kish, Jennie Morton

  • The schedule is complete and posted on the website. There are two panel discussions which are in the final stages of organization.
  • We are pleased to announce our Keynote Speakers. Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran, University of California, San Diego to speak on the subject of the relationship between creativity and synesthesia; Dr. Ingo Titze, National Center for Voice & Speech, University of Utah to speak on understanding vocal performance in the 21st century; and Dr. Scott Powell, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician and founder member of the band Sha Na Na speaking on the partnership with MusiCares to bring free medical care to musicians who cannot afford insurance.
  • Two invited speakers have confirmed participation: Michael Lyle, four-time Emmy-Award winning Foley Artist to speak about the occupational challenges of this profession and Anthony DeLongis, fight director for stage and screen to speak about occupational and health/safety challenges for actors who are required to do fight scenes. Mr. DeLongis will also demonstrate weapons training to the audience.
  • The committee was successful in securing the maximum grant award from Chapman University of $10,000 to be used to fund the opening reception, additional guest speaker fees, staffing, and venue costs.
  • A Facebook campaign was launched to market the symposium to targeted communities in major metropolitan areas. This campaign will run until the first day of the symposium.

Become a PAMA Member

Enroll now for 2018 PAMA Membership.  Click here [Membership Enrollment] to join or renew your PAMA membership.

PAMA is an organization comprised of professionals and students in healthcare, education, performance training, administration, and a range of performing arts. The common goal is to improve the well-being of performing artists. Members join from around the world and many are involved in research projects.

Member benefits include:

  • a subscription to the peer-reviewed journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists
  • listing (optional) in our database open to the public who seek a patient referral or resource
  • discounted fee for the Annual Symposium or regional seminars
  • members-only networking opportunities with others in your field
  • opportunity to participate in active committees including the new young professionals group
  • mentorship opportunities (for both mentors and mentees) for PAM career development

Membership Levels:

Physicians (MD, DO), Chiropractors, Dentists - $250.00
Allied Healthcare: therapy, rehabilitation, body fitness/care - $195.00
Performing Arts: education, research, training, performance - $175.00
Full-Time Students and Residents at Accredited Programs - $65.00

To enroll as a PAMA Member for the calendar year 2018, please click here - Membership Enrollment
The Performing Arts Medicine Association is committed to:

  • Promoting the highest quality of care to all performing artists and bringing to that care an appreciation of the special needs of performing artists.
  • Developing educational programs designed to enhance the understanding and prevention of medical problems related to the performing arts.
  • Promoting communication among all those involved in the health care and well being of performing artists.
  • Fostering research into the etiology, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of medical problems of performing artists.

Membership fees

Enroll Now

Please contact Dorry Allen with questions.

Upcoming PAM Events

Dance Science & Somatics Educators Conference
August 3-5, 2018, University of Buffalo

DSSE website:

Join us for a weekend intensive of sharing insights and best practices with colleagues from around the country and beyond. With Special Guest & Honoree: Kathryn "Kitty" Daniels. Activities will include discussion, panel presentations and movement sessions with an emphasis on interaction.


To Your Health
Articles Wanted

Are you interested in being published in a magazine? International Musician magazine is accepting submissions for their wellness feature "To Your Health".

International Musician magazine is the official monthly publication of the American Federation of Musicians, serving 80,000 professional musicians in the United States and Canada. The readers of the International Musician are professional musicians working in all genres of music. They run the gamut from classical to country and from polka to punk. They tour and record. They play in clubs and in symphonies.
If you are a PAMA Member, please consider submitting an article. To Your Health articles should be around 650 words and written directly to the layman musician, who is not a health expert. The article should offer direct, helpful tips and advice, and not just information about various health conditions. All articles are subject to approval and editing from the editors.

Send your article to Dorry Allen at to be considered. You will be notified via email if your article has been accepted. Please note that the Research Committee will only review submissions received from currently active PAMA members in good standing with the organization.

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