School of Music

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Due to changes at Nazareth College in response to COVID19, we are postponing Decades of Song: A Celebration of Music Therapy at Nazareth College and the Retirement of Dr. Bryan Hunter, sponsored by the School of Music and Department of Creative Arts Therapy.

The new date will be Saturday, September 5th, 2020, Labor Day weekend. Deforia Lane and Ken Medema will still be joining us as keynote speakers. Watch your email for an updated registration link later this spring. We hope that you can join us for this celebration!

Music Therapy Celebration

Decades of Song: A Celebration of 40 Years of Music Therapy at Nazareth College and the Retirement of Dr. Bryan Hunter

New Date: September 5, 2020

Location: School of Music, Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14618

Open: All sessions are free and open to the community — but registration is required.



Thursday, March 26 

Wilmot Hall (Nazareth College Arts Center, Music Wing) 

6:30-8:00pm: A Conversation with Deforia Lane, PhD, MT-BC -- Associate Director of the Seidman Cancer Center & Director of Music Therapy at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Seidman Cancer Center and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital (Retired).

Friday, March 27


York Wellness & Rehabilitation Center

6:00pm: Reception and opportunity to tour the William and Shelia Konar Foundation Creative Arts Therapy Wing and the Dawn and Jacques Lipson Music Therapy Clinic. 

7:30pm: Participants are also invited to the Symphonic Band Concert, in Beston Hall, Glazer Music Performance Center 

Saturday, March 28

This day-long event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Lane, concurrent sessions highlighting Rochester music therapy programs, history of the Nazareth College music therapy program, a fireside chat with Dr. Bryan Hunter and Leslie Hunter, a reception, and concert by acclaimed storyteller-musician-music therapist Ken Medema. 

Duda Family Lobby in the Glazer Performance Center

8:15-9:00 am: Registration (optional tours of the Glazer Performance Center available)

9:00 am: Welcome Address: Mario Martinez and Daan Braveman

9:15-10:00 am: Keynote - Deforia Lane: Establishing, Nurturing, and Maintaining a Successful Music Therapy Program

10:00-10:30 am: Panel Response: Successful Strategies for Music Therapy Advocacy -- with Danielle Morris, Psy.D; Brigid Noonan, PhD, LMHC; Meghan McGee, MA, BCBA; and O.J. Sahler, MD.

10:30-10:45 am: BREAK

10:45- 11:45 am: CONCURRENT SESSIONS: PART 1

  • New Directions in Elder Care
  • Community Music Therapy: A Distinct Approach
  • Alumni Tales: From Education to Practice
  • Music Therapy in Public Special Education: Celebrations and Challenges
  • Clinical Program Development in Public Agencies: Challenges and Achievements

11:45-1:15 pm: LUNCH on your own (optional tours of the Glazer Performance Center available)


  • Naz Initiatives: Interprofessionalism and Research
  • Music Therapy in Non-Profit Special Education: Unique Opportunities
  • Alumni Tales: Taking Naz MT into the World
  • Music Therapy at the University of Rochester Medical Center: An Exciting Evolution
  • Alumni Tales: Lessons Learned from International Music Therapy Practice - Tori Gac, MT-BC, RMTh

2:15-2:30 pm: BREAK

2:30- 3:30 pm: Plenary Session: Reflections on Four Decades: A Conversation with Dr. Bryan Hunter and Leslie Hunter, facilitated by Dr. Andrea Farbman

3:30-5:00 pm: Plenary Session: Interactive Concert by acclaimed storyteller-musician-music therapist Ken Medema

5:15-6:15 pm: Reception with hors d'oeuvres


A block of rooms for conference attendees is being held at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 199 Woodcliff Dr., Fairport, NY 14450. 

The room rate is $129. For reservations call 585-248-4810 or 800-365-3065 and ask for the Nazareth College Music Therapy 40th Anniversary room block. The block is being held through March 16, 2020. Check with the hotel for space availability after that date.

Music Therapy Celebration

    Bryan Hunter
    Ken Medema
    Deforia Lane