Plenary Sessions and Closing Session

Plenary Sessions: Friday, May, 29

Sunil Iyengar
Director, Research and Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Sunil IyengarSunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Under his leadership, the office has produced dozens of research reports, hosted periodic research events and webinars, led strategic plan development for the agency, and established research and data partnerships with the U.S Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. His office also conducts program evaluations and performance measurements for the NEA. Working with his team, Iyengar has created and pursued a long-term research agenda (based partly on an arts “system map” his office helped to design), founded a national data repository for the arts, and launched two awards programs for arts researchers. He chairs a federal interagency task force on the arts and human development. As of August 2018, the NEA’s most recent research publications include Rural Arts, Design, and Innovation in America and Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Participate in the Arts. He contributes a monthly research post (titled “Taking Note”) to the NEA’s official blog. Iyengar and his team have partnered with organizations such as the Brookings Institution, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health to study the arts in relation to such topics as economic development and health and wellbeing. Prior to joining the NEA as research director, Iyengar worked as a reporter, managing editor, and senior editor for a host of news publications covering the biomedical research, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries.

Tod Machover
Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tod MachoverTod Machover is a Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and director of the MIT Media Lab's Opera of the Future group. Called a “musical visionary” by the New York Times and “America’s most wired composer” by the Los Angeles Times, Machover is an influential composer and inventor, praised for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries, and for developing technologies that expand music’s potential for everyone, from celebrated virtuosi to musicians of all abilities. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at the Juilliard School and was the first director of musical research at Pierre Boulez's IRCAM in Paris. Since 2006, he has been a visiting professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Machover is widely recognized for designing new technologies for music performance and creation, such as Hyperinstruments, “smart” performance systems that extend expression for virtuosi, from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, as well as for the general public. The popular video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band grew out of Machover’s group at the MIT Media Lab. His Hyperscore software—which allows anyone to compose original music using lines and colors—has enabled children around the world to have their music performed by major orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and rock bands. Machover is also deeply involved in developing musical technologies and concepts for medical and wellbeing contexts, helping to diagnose conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, or allowing people with cerebral palsy to communicate through music.

Marvin A. McMillen, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.A.C.P.
Chief/Director of Perioperative Care, Department of Surgery, Berkshire Medical Center
Professor of Surgery, University of Massachusetts

Marvin A. McMillen, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.A.C.P.One of Marvin McMillen's major concerns has been the following, in his words: “In the middle of an opiate epidemic, when the 2015 Lancet article shows 73 prospective, randomized studies of music as an adjunct to reducing opiate use in surgical patients, [why] does there remain so much resistance to the idea of music programs in ICUs and acute hospitalized patients?” He keeps asking, "If this were a pill promoted by the pharmaceutical industry, wouldn’t a drug that reduced opiates by 15–33 percent be studied or implemented in nearly every American hospital?” In addition to teaching musicians the language, processes, and issues to help them be a part of the ICU team, he's always on the lookout for how to get in front of hospital administrators and ICU doctors to make this case. He believes the benefit of music in the ICU has been proven by 280 PubMed articles that currently exist, so we're facing not an information problem so much as a marketing one. He'd like to help conference attendees discover how to present this idea as a legitimate, reimbursable patient care strategy.

Lisa Wong, M.D.
Assistant Codirector, Arts and Humanities Initiative, Harvard Medical School
Past President, Longwood Symphony Orchestra

Lisa Wong, M.D.Lisa Wong is a physician and musician dedicated to lifelong learning and healing through the arts. An international speaker on arts and health, she is cofounder of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School and the Boston Arts Consortium for Health (BACH). She has fostered conversation and collaboration between leaders passionate about the arts and healing from most of Boston’s major music, health, and education institutions, and beyond. Wong has been a member of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and served as its president for over 20 years. She led the LSO in creating its signature Healing Arts of Music program, which raises funds and awareness for Boston-based medical nonprofit organizations. Wong has practiced at Milton Pediatrics for 34 years and encourages all of her patients to play music. She received an honorary degree in education from Wheelock College in 2016 and was a 2014 visiting scholar in arts in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She published her first book, Scales to Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine, in 2012. She attended Harvard University and New York University School of Medicine, and trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for children. She has returned to Harvard to teach an undergraduate course on the role of music in education and health.

Closing Session: Saturday, May 30

Panel on the Future of Music and Medicine

  • Fred Schwartz, M.D.; Moderator
  • Patravoot Vatanasapt, M.D.; President, IAMM
  • Melissa Mercadal-Brotons, Ph.D.; President, World Federation of Music Therapy

Piano Performance

  • Athanasios Dritsas, M.D.

Announcement of IAMM 2022 Conference Venue