Focused on the physical, mental and emotional health of musicians

Charleston Southern University’s Horton School of Music and Charleston Jazz Academy present the annual Musician’s Health and Safety Seminar — a free series of lectures and workshops offered at CSU and the Jazz Academy. Topics include: repetitive use injury, mental health, biomechanics and more!


Spring 2020 Seminar Schedule

3 p.m.
Lightsey Chapel Auditorium
Charleston Southern University

Master Class for Piano, Instrumental, and Vocal Students on the Alexander Technique
Dr. Ann Rhodes of Poise and Performance Voice & Alexander Technique

12:30 p.m.
Nursing Lecture Hall, room 132
Charleston Southern University

Public Lecture: Panel of Presenters and Q & A

Health and Wellness in the Performing Arts
Scott Wade, PA-C, Director of Didactic Education, CSU Physician Assistant Program

Your Voice: An Inside View!
Krysten Sears, MS, CCC-SLP, MUSC
Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing

Repetitive Use Injury
Katherine Smith, PT, DPT, PCS, CSU
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Mental Health and Musicians
Erin McCance
Intern with Counseling Services

Q & A Panel
All presenters


7 p.m.
Lightsey Chapel Auditorium
Charleston Southern University

Public Lecture and Demonstration: Tuning the Mind and Body of the Musician for Optimal Health and Performance
John Chong MD BASc MSc DOHS FRCPC FACPM CGPP ARCT

Key concepts of medical problems of performing artists are outlined from a psychophysiological and ergonomic perspective with special emphasis on neurobiological mechanism. Demonstrations of the latest biofeedback technology.

Noon
WCCL 110
Charleston Southern University

Public Lecture on Mental Health and Dealing with Stress
Eric McCance, intern with Counseling Services

12:30 – 1:50 p.m.
Whittington 103
Charleston Southern University

Public Lecture on the Biomechanics of Singing, Laryngeal & Wind Instrumentalist
Dr. Lucinda Halstead Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing

Dystonia, Hearing Loss and More!


2-3 p.m.
Whittington 103
Charleston Southern University

Public Lecture on Repetitive Use Injury and Prevention
Katherine Smith, PT, DPT, PCS, CSU Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

2:30 p.m.
Lightsey Chapel Auditorium
Charleston Southern University

Public Lecture on Vocal Health and Rehabilitation
Deanna McBroom, Singing Voice Specialist – Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing and Professor Emerita of Voice, CofC

5:45 p.m.
Charleston Jazz Academy
3005 W. Montague Ave.
North Charleston, S.C.

Music by Women Composer
CSU students


7 p.m.
Charleston Jazz Academy
3005 W. Montague Ave.
North Charleston, S.C.

Public Lecture: Panel of Presenters and Q & A

Your Voice: An Inside View!
Krysten Sears, MS, CCC-SLP, MUSC
Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing

General Health and Repetitive Use Injury
Katherine Smith, PT, DPT, PCS, CSU
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Mental Health and Musicians
Erin McCance, intern with CSU Counseling Services

Q&A Panel
All presenters

6 p.m.
Charleston Jazz Academy
3005 W. Montague Ave.
North Charleston, S.C.

Public Lecture and Panel Q & A: Health Insurance 101 for Musicians

Presenters:

  • Deanna McBroom, singing voice specialist, Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing and Professor Emerita of Voice, CofC
  • Ed Meyer, retired insurance agent
  • Thomas Sherlock manager and Allan Sonekar associate manager of Blue Retail Center SC BCBS agency
  • Jill Terhaar Lewis, DMA CSU Professor of Music, Chair of Vocal Programs and NATS Mid-Atlantic Region Governor

7 p.m.
Charleston Jazz Academy
3005 W. Montague Ave.
North Charleston, S.C.

Public Lecture on “The Body Human…The Ultimate Jazz Ensemble”
Dr. Jerry Renato, Chiropractor

           


Speakers

Speaker Bios

Dr. John Chong is the Medical Director of the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, and has more initials after his name than almost any other Canadian doctor.

He has treated musicians with repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders since 1986. His clinical and research interest is the development of quantitative psychophysiological methods. He was a founding member and is a Past President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association.

Krysten Sears is a full-time Speech Language Pathologist at the Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing at the Medical University of South Carolina since September 2016. She is also the Founder and Principal Performer a local character entertainment company, and an Executive Function Coach for students of all ages. Krysten earned her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University in 2013, where she also minored in vocal performance. This was quickly followed by an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at MGH Institute of Health Professionals (2015), where she concentrated in voice disorders and their management and was a member of a musicians group. Since presenting at last year’s Musician’s Health and Safety Seminar, Krysten had the privilege of presenting to voiceover actors on the topic of vocal health at the One Voice Conference in London, England. One of Krysten’s favorite parts of her job is working with performing artists!

Lucinda Halstead, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery and the Department of Pediatrics at MUSC. She received her MD degree from George Washington University and completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in the Combined Tufts University – Boston University Residency Program.

Dr. Halstead’s interests in laryngology, voice, performing arts medicine, swallowing and pediatric otolaryngology led her to found the MUSC Voice Center in 1987. In 2000, the Voice Center expanded and she became the Medical Director of the MUSC Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing. Dr. Halstead is the laryngologist for the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival USA and directed the Spoleto Symposium: Medicine in the Vocal Arts for 20 years. She publishes and lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of vocal health, disorders of the singing voice, singing voice dystonia, laryngopharyngeal reflux disorders, pediatric performing voice issues and pediatric voice and swallowing disorders. She is a member of the Board and President Elect of the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She on the Editorial Board of  the Journal of Voice and is a member of The Voice Foundation, Colligium Medicorum Theatri , and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, amongst others.

Dr. Ann Rhodes is a retired professor of vocal music who has been actively involved in the study of voice and the Alexander Technique for forty years. She started formal study of the Alexander Technique in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and continued training in Leeds, England.  Dr. Rhodes received her certification in 2006 from Alexander Technique of Cincinnati, an American Society of Alexander Teachers’ training program.  Over the past twenty years, Dr. Rhodes has specialized in working with vocalists and instrumentalists at colleges and universities in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and England and Ireland. She has been an active participant in workshops and conferences in California, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, London, England and Galway and Limerick, Ireland.

Dr. Rhodes currently maintains a private voice and Alexander Technique studio in Charleston, South Carolina.  She teaches workshops for singers, musicians, actors, students and teachers of the Alexander Technique and for those who wish to explore reeducation of the mind and body in order to improve poise and balance in everyday activities.

Dr. Jerry Renato was born in Newark, New Jersey and is a graduate of Sherman College of Chiropractic. He obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in Spartanburg South Carolina with additional degrees in radiology, physical therapy and exercise physiology. Dr. Renato’s experience in natural medicine as well as Chiropractic, has gained him work directly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Men’s Professional Volleyball Tour, as well as the Philadelphia Eagles football team. In addition to being a former athlete himself, Dr. Renato has been a health contributor to SHAPE, Muscle & Fitness and Women’s Fitness magazines during his years in New Jersey. Certified by the American Medical Association, Dr. Renato works with the AMA as a Certified Impairment specialist. Honored by SC Chiropractic Assn for distinguished service, Dr. Jerry Renato is licensed in South Carolina as well as New Jersey.

 

Born into an Italian/American heritage, Dr. Renato grew up exposed to music, especially tenor voice and songs from the Swing era and Crooners, Sinatra, Dean Martin, and so many more.  Dr. Renato also studied music at the age of  8 and plays keyboards as well as accordian instruments. Dr. Renato has been an active performer in the areas of music for many years.

 

Dr. Jerry Renato has been practicing alternative medicine for the past 40 years but has also pursued music very seriously through his earlier years.  Dr. Renato has been active in speaking to fortune 500 companies, universities and schools, on health and injury prevention.  As a former host to a local TV program on Health, Dr. Renato’s continued passion in sharing the latest on health and wellness is unprecedented.

 

Dr. Renato is married to his wife, Leanne, of 23 years, three grown children, Gracie 20, Erin 30 years and Jerry Jr. 29 years old. Dr. Jerry is also a new grandfather to Elijah who is 15 months old. Dr. Jerry has called the Charleston area home for the last 6 years.

Deanna McBroom, MM, Singing Voice Specialist-Medical University of South Carolina’s Evelyn Trammel Institute for Voice and Swallowing and Professor Emerita of Voice-The College of Charleston, lectures internationally on “rehabilitation of the singing voice” and “treatment/prevention/wellness for injured singers,” recently for The Voice Foundation Symposium, Performing Arts Medicine Association Symposium and PAMA’s Certificate Pre-Conference, National Association of Teachers of Singing national convention, Music Teachers National Association’s national convention’s Health/Wellness pre-conference, and symposia for the British Voice Association and COMET/Austrian Voice Society in Europe. Throughout her 45+-year singing career, she appeared nationally and internationally in numerous solo/leading roles with orchestras, in operas/musicals, and in frequent recital/chamber music concerts. She serves as national liaison for both NATS and The Voice Foundation to Athletes and the Arts and liaison for NATS to Performing Arts Medicine Association. Her students have attained successful singing and acting/film careers and are winners in national  and international singing competitions.

Ed Meyer is a retired health insurance executive. He spent 35 years in the business, working in marketing and sales positions for health insurance companies, and as an independent consultant to businesses for their medical insurance and other welfare benefits.

Katherine Smith PT, DPT, PCS is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology in the School of Health Science at Charleston Southern University in Charleston South Carolina and practices clinically as a physical therapist. Her clinical specialties include pediatrics and orthopedic physical therapy. Dr. Smith earned her Master of Physical Therapy in 2002 from American International College in Springfield Massachusetts and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017 from the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Smith became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2014.

Scott Wade PA-C joined Charleston Southern University after retiring from a 25-year military career. He earned his Bachelor of Physician Assistant Studies in 2003 from the Interservice Physician Assistant Program through the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine, and he earned his Master of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine in 2005. Scott’s medical career has included time in Guam, Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Iraq and Afghanistan before moving to South Carolina in 2008.

 

Professor Wade’s background in medicine includes Family Medicine, Aerospace and Occupational Medicine, Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, and Pain Management. His experience includes serving as a medical advisor to the Iraqi Air Force Surgeon General on the development of military medical operations, advising and mentoring the Afghanistan Army Medical Service, and organizing an Afghan civilian and military medical assistance program to provide care for underserved citizens. He is an active medical missionary in the Dominican Republic. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and a member of the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants.

Erin McCance is a graduate intern working towards her Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Erin has a BS in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina, but entered into the counseling field after teaching high school math and science and realizing God’s intent for her to be better used. Erin has spent the past two years working with the domestic and international sex trafficked population. Erin helped in leading trauma focused training for staff of antisex trafficking nonprofits in Southeast Asia during the summer of 2019 and is currently finishing her internship hours at Charleston Southern University to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Dr. Jill Terhaar Lewis is a tenured Professor of Vocal Music and the Chair of Vocal Programs at Charleston Southern University. She earned her DMA in Vocal Performance with a cognate in music history from the University of South Carolina.  She also has degrees from Western Michigan University (MM performance, music history cognate) and the University of Idaho (BMusEd, choral).  She is Chair of Vocal Programs at CSU where she coordinates the vocal curriculum, teaches voice lessons and other classes and is also the music history teacher.  She is a founder and chair of the CSU Musician’s Health and Safety Seminar, now in its third year and is the Mid-Atlantic Region Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has presented at NATS conferences at the State and National level on her new music project, Contemporary Collaborations, and will be presenting in Knoxville with Kevin Hackler (lawyer) this fall on “Musician Legalese: Understanding Contracts and the Law for Professional Singers, Teachers, & Composers.”  Dr. Lewis is a member of the NATS Advocacy Committee and has a passion for integrating higher education into the community to improve the quality of life for all.