Science of creativity focus of two-day conference

contact: Meredith Bradford
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Registration is open for the conference, set for Oct. 9-10.

KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University’s School of Music will hold the conference "Music, Mind and Medicine: Creativity and Consciousness in Clinical Care" Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 9-10, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo. This event is also listed under the series of performances organized as part of the celebration of the School of Music's 100th anniversary.

'Music, Mind and Medicine'

The two-day event will focus on the nexus of music, neuroscience, health and education. This highly stimulating symposium will comprise musical performances, engaging presentations, and audience participation that will further our understanding of music's role in neural health.

MacArthur Genius award-winning and Grammy®-nominated violinist, Regina Carter, and Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, Dr. Charles Limb, of the TED Talk "This is Your Brain on Improvisation," will be among a highly acclaimed panel of experts who will present the current brain science of musical creativity and its application to therapy, medicine and education.

Carter will also present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall; admission is free to festival attendees.

For the full conference schedule and instructions on how to register, visit

For more information, contact conference host Ed Roth at or (269) 387-5415.