PAMA Notes - August 23, 2012

2012 Symposium and Gala Celebration
If you missed this year’s PAMA Symposium – you missed a great conference and Gala and we missed you!  We had record breaking attendance with 180 in Snowmass at the Viceroy Resort.  Keynote speakers included Dr. Paul Lehrer, known for his work in biofeedback, Dr Alan Lockwood who spoke on focal dystonia and Dr. Shaw Bronner presented on the science behind dance.  Additionally we heard from our Alice G Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award winner, Dale Rickert presenting his research work on shoulder injuries to cellists. 

On Saturday, July 28th, a momentous occasion took place.  The Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) celebrated its 30th Annual Symposium in Snowmass Colorado by hosting a Gala dinner.  During the evening, six individuals were honored as founders of PAMA and for advancing performing arts medicine.  

For their pioneering efforts to form PAMA as an organization and for serving as chairs for the first annual meetings, Alice Brandfonbrener, MD and Richard Lederman, MD were honored.  They devoted many years to the profession, the Aspen Music festival, the performing arts community and the PAMA organization.

Also honored for his continued support of PAMA and for furthering performing arts education was Alan Fletcher, President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School.  For over 30 years, PAMA and the Aspen Festival have enjoyed a collaborative relationship that will continue into the future.

PAMA also honored two legendary performers and educators, world renowned concert violinist Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin and ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise who also continue to serve on our Artistic Advisory board for the MPPA journal.  Later in the evening, Gala attendees were treated to a wonderful live performance by Jimmy Lin.

The festive evening was also highlighted by a remote live performance by pianist Frederick Chiu and Terry Lewis was honored for forming the Yamaha Music and Wellness institute.

It was an historic event for PAMA to have the founders of the organization and the future of the group coming together for one spectacular evening.  Here’s to the next 30!

We hope to see everyone next year at the Symposium…


Relive the Gala Experience

Visit the PAMA website Gala page to view photos from our 30th Annual Gala Celebration. View Slide Show  

Credit or Attendance Certificates

Last week, certificates were emailed to attendees of the 2012 PAMA Symposium who turned in an attendance attestation.  If you need a certificate of credit or a certificate of attendance and did not receive one, please download the attestation form and return it to Dorry Allen at

Meet Your New President - John Chong, MD

John Chong

After an injury to his right hand from piano performance at age 14, John went on to study electronic music, composition, electrical engineering, medicine, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, occupational health, public health and preventive medicine, acupuncture, and psychotherapy. As the Medical Director of the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, he has treated musicians with repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders since 1986. His current clinical and research interest is regulation of the autonomic nervous system using neuro-biofeedback techniques for the prevention of repetitive strain injuries, focal dystonia, chronic pain, and depression. He was a founding member and is now the President-Elect of the Performing Arts Medicine Association. He teaches Performance Awareness at the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and is a medical consultant for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Summer Music Festival he will introduce injury prevention concepts to the gifted participants of the Academy. Recently he has been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Toronto, Ottawa, Wilfred Laurier, and Santiago Chile. He is a Research Associate of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory at the University of Toronto. He became the President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association in July 2012 at the 30th Annual Symposium in Snowmass, Colorado and led the transformation “PAMAforte! – Rewriting the future of PAMA”.  Learn more about PAMAforte and how you can help shape the future of PAMA.

Read more about John Chong in these news articles:
Star Article
Metro News Article

PAMA Member Awarded Governor General's Diamond Jubilee Medal

Congratulations to John Chong who was awarded a Governor General’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of his contributions to the National Youth Orchestra Canada. Further congratulations goes to Marshall Chasin, Christine Guptill, and Barbara Smith for their contributions to the NYOC Dream Team!

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Minnesota Dance Medicine Conference
August 24, 2012
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Shakespeare Performance Project for Choreographers & Directors of Physical Theatre
September 1-30, 2012 - Russian Theatre
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