Workshop Speakers

Music Therapy for Your Emotional Health – Jennifer Buchanan
In many healthcare settings across Canada, music therapists have created a safe space, and a communication bridge, to help individuals express and process their greatest life challenges, stressful transitions, and at times, unexpected health crises.
This presentation will include the results from a 2008 survey in Alberta that validated the use of music therapy in mental health settings, coupled with research and clinical evidence that has proven that music therapy is very effective when addressing issues related to emotion while fostering changes in mood, memory and engagement.

Jennifer Buchanan founded her Calgary-based business, JB Music Therapy, over 25 years ago.  She is a highly regarded expert in the field of music therapy, and is a sought after speaker, presenter and author.

Experiencing the harp and hand bells in care – Lois Samis Lund
Her session will be hands-on for delegates to experience activities that have proven beneficial and practical in care situations, and discussion will be centres on the value of musical participation and it can be accomplished in fun and rewarding ways.

Lois Samis Lund is musician-in-residence at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton. She has been an elementary school music specialist and music consultant, a bassoonist with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and conductor of many choral groups and hand bell choirs. In her retirement, Lois has learned to play the Celtic harp and become a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner.

Music for Grief & Bereavement - Nadia Chana
Western classical singers are encouraged in their training not only to imagine themselves in various dramatic situations, but also to feel deeply into those situations. Through song, we inhabit the unthinkable: through our characters, we lose lovers, parents, children, homes, and even our own lives. Several songs by Bach, Schubert, Barber, and others will be performed as participants are led through a portion of a workshop developed on how classical singers might lead people into feeling deeply, an act necessary for grieving and healing. Participants will learn about techniques to get closer to their grief, and how to mobilize their skill sets in their own practices. and experience the healing power of the human voice close up.

Nadia is a classical singer, and PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at The University of Chicago. Working with her at Music Care Conference is pianist Alyssa Paterson (associate director of musical creativity at the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Winspear Centre).

Singing for Health and Well-being – Kim Denis

Kim Denis is known for her energy and enthusiasm both on stage and off. Kim is a sought after soloist, choral clinician and adjudicator for voice and choir. She is a singer with Pro Coro Canada, one of Canada’s professional choirs. She has directed numerous church and community choirs, and musical theatre productions across the country. Presently she directs Shumayela with the Kokopelli Choir Association in Edmonton. Kim will lead a one hour singing experience that focuses on health and well-being.

Using Expressive Arts in Care – Sasha Campbell
This workshop will introduce expressive arts therapy and its applications in working with a diverse population. The focus will be on the concept of low skill, high sensitivity – the idea that having a meaningful creative experience does not require specialized artistic training. Sasha will show ways of making the nurturing benefits of the arts accessible to everyone.
Sasha Campbell studied music during her undergrad at the University of Alberta, and completed a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.