Words and Music: Women's Health Taking the Musical Stage

Monday, March 18, 2024 17:00to19:00
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building Tanna Schulich Hall, 527 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E3, CA
Free admission

Panel Moderators:

• Liliana Araújo, Assist. Professor, Schulich School of Music and Applied Performance Sciences Hub

• Theodora Nestorova, PhD Candidate, Schulich School of Music and Applied Performance Sciences Hub


• Claudia Brown, Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Specialist, School of Physical and Occupational therapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

• Françoise Chagnon, Otorhinolaryngologist, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

• Julie Cumming, musicologist, Schulich School of Music

• Dominique Labelle, soprano, Schulich School of Music

• Min Jung Suh-Rager, jazz pianist, Schulich School of Music

• Jacqueline Woodley, DMus Candidate, Schulich School of Music & Soprano/Conductor

• Celena Scheede-Bergdahl, Exercise physiology, Kinesiology and Physical Education

Overview: Women's health in music performance often faces stigma and has been overlooked in music education and medicine. This event marks the first of its kind, starting a conversation about the specific needs of women musicians and responding to the growing demand for evidence-based information on women's health. The event will include a musical moment, a round table panel discussion followed by a small reception. All invited!

Event Highlights:

- Diverse Perspectives: Featuring guests from both music performance and healthcare domains, this cross-disciplinary panel discussion series will delve into various health-related experiences, including menstruation, menopause, pregnancy, and postpartum, and associated effects on women.

- Interactive Q&A: The audience will have the opportunity to submit questions for the panel in advance, ensuring an engaging and participatory experience.

- Challenging Stereotypes: Our goal is to challenge prevailing notions that being a woman is a risk factor for injury and mental health issues in musicians, fostering awareness among healthcare and music professionals.

This project is sponsored by SSMU Menstrual Health Project and menstrual products will be distributed.

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